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2017 Grand Marshal – John D. Martin
The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade is pleased to have selected John D. Martin as the Grand Marshal for the 2017 parade! As Mohammed Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on this earth.” Serving his community is something that was instilled in John early on by his grandfather’s and father’s examples. Says John, “Because of their service, all my brothers and sister have been involved in their community in one way or another, as well.”
John has certainly paid his rent over the years by giving back to his community in many ways. Some of those commitments include: Director of the Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce, former President of the Manassas Rotary Club where he was named Rotarian of the Year, and a founding and continuing member of the Friends of the Foundation golf tournament for the past 25 years. A member of Manassas Baptist Church, he enjoys being a part of their drama team. He has also been active in the recreation community – playing softball, basketball and flag football. He continues to play softball on a national level, winning one national title and one all American team selection this year.
One of the most important contributions John has made to our community is through his volunteer work with the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. It started one year when he was asked to dress as Batman and entertain the crowd as he walked the parade route. The rest, as they say, is history! Within three years he had joined the parade committee and five years later he became the Chairman when Rick Ratcliffe stepped down. John was the chair of the committee for fifteen years, retiring his position two years ago. Through his leadership the parade has kept it’s small town charm yet evolved and grown to the popular annual event that it is today. He continues to help with planning and setup of each year’s parade.
A native son – born at the Manassas Medical Center and a graduate of Osbourn High School, class of 1975 (the last year of the Osbourn Yellow Jackets) – he went on to graduate from Radford University with a BS in Business Administration. While at Radford he was a founding father of the Omicron Omega chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon national fraternity. Following college, he lived in Richmond for a short time until he came back to his home town to join the family business, Dudley Martin Chevrolet, and start his own family. John has two great kids and kids-in-law – Joel, and his wife Janell; and Chelsea, and her husband Darius. He also has two amazing grandkids, Jude and Caleb. Sadly, John’s wife Carole passed away in November of last year after a long illness. Carole was also a big supporter of the parade and ‘filled in’ for Mrs. Clause many times in years past. It is in her honor that this year’s parade was named ‘A Christmas Carole’.
2017 Woman of the Year – Judy Wine
The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade committee is equally pleased to announce Judy Wine as its 2017 Woman of the Year! Judy is the Sr. Vice President of Wine Energy, a family-owned business serving both residential and commercial customers throughout Northern Virginia since the 1960s.
Always an active member of the community, Judy has been a member of Northern Virginia Family Service’s Board of Directors since 2010, a recent appointee to the board of the Greater Prince William CASA organization, and a major fundraiser for the March of Dimes Walk for Babies since 2011.
As a member of the Board of Directors of NVFS (a Northern Virginia non-profit with a $38 million budget), Judy was instrumental in obtaining a $750,000 matching grant from the Hylton Foundation to go toward paying off the mortgage on the SERVE campus in Manassas (SERVE is a program of NVFS). She has served on the Advancement Committee, the Governance Committee, and was a key member of SERVE’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Committee, helping to far exceed the event’s fundraising goals.
Judy’s work with the Novant Prince William Hospital Foundation focuses on fundraising events and spear-heading drives benefitting the hungry and the homeless. She has helped plan the Foundation’s annual Gala, the largest fundraiser of the year, and coordinate the annual food drive for SERVE, which last year resulted in the collection of over one-ton of non-perishable foods to support SERVE’s clients who are at-risk for hunger.
In a variety of roles, including Chair, Co-Chair and Committee Member of the March of Dimes Walk for Babies in Prince William County, Ms. Wine has helped raise over $1 million dollars to support children born with birth defects and their families. Judy has also done fundraising for the American Red Cross, including raising money to support the Prince William Heroes Campaign.
When not serving the community through her formal board roles, Judy supports a wide variety of other non-profit and civic organizations by promoting and participating in their events, providing both financial and in-kind donations and support, and attends New City Fellowship in Old Town Manassas.
Judy is a life-long resident of Greater Prince William County, a member of Leadership Prince William’s Class of 2015, and a tireless advocate and supporter of the community that she loves.