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United Way of Central Maryland and The Superstar Foundation Announce Winners of the 2015 Superstar Award

–First place winner Ashley Dilonno and runner up Janice Lauterback recognized as exceptional performers in human services–

BALTIMORE (December 21, 2015) – This fall, United Way of Central Maryland partnered with the Superstar Foundation to recognize, thank and reward exceptional performers in human services who not only help carry out the work and mission of United Way, but who are truly making a positive impact across our region.

Today, the Superstar Foundation and United Way are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Superstar Award as exceptional performers in human services that have positively impacted the lives of those they serve.

Ashley DiIonno of the Tahirih Justice Center has been announced as this year’s first place winner of the Superstar Award. Ashley’s work focuses on helping to improve the lives of women and families struggling to escape the cycle and perils of domestic violence.

“It’s nice to be recognized for doing what I love and to have the opportunity to bring attention to work that is really important,” said Dilonno.

She will be awarded $5,000 for her exceptional work and dedication.

Janice Lauterbach of CASA Maryland has been announced as the runner up and will be awarded $500. Ms. Lauterbach’s work as a tireless advocate and supporter of foster children is as inspirational as it is impactful.

“Advocating for a child can change the course of a life,” said Lauterbach. “Providing guidance and direction, giving some security that there is someone who can be trusted to speak for them when they are not being heard, and will stand with them when they are in need.”

The compassion and determination of these two women who used data to inform and improve the quality and impact of their services, was critical to the success of their nomination.

Click here to learn more about their work and see the lengths they go and the data they use to deliver life-changing results for the individuals and families they serve.

“The work of United Way would not be possible without the expertise, talent and dedication of social workers who carry out our mission every day. We are grateful to the Superstar Foundation for giving us the opportunity to partner with them and recognize this year’s Superstars,” said Mark Furst, president and CEO at United Way of Central Maryland. “Congratulations to both Ashley and Janice – unsung heroes who are helping to change the odds for the individuals and families they serve.”

“We are proud of our partnership with United Way of Central Maryland and are excited to make the Superstar Award available to exceptional direct service workers in and around Baltimore,” stated Superstar Foundation Founder, Steve Butz. “Ashley and Janice’s work is inspirational and represents a remarkable commitment to using data to achieve superior outcomes. We hope our recognition of this work helps other Superstars step forward and drive the transformative change that Baltimore’s families in need deserve.”

The Baltimore-based Superstar Foundation works to recognize human services professionals who keep the transformational relationship with participants at the core of their work and who demonstrate the effectiveness of that approach through measurable outcomes. Superstar Award recipients receive a cash award from the Superstar Foundation.

About Superstar Foundation
The Superstar Foundation is an organization committed to recognizing and rewarding great social service professionals for the invaluable work that they do. Dedicated to expanding the use of data and highly intentional, transformative relationships as the core of impactful human services, the Superstar Foundation has offered annual awards since 2008. To learn more, visit www.superstarfoundation.org.

About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland and The Superstar Foundation Announce Winners of the 2015 Superstar Award