And the 2022 winners are…
CHAIRMAN AWARD: McLean Bible Church – Prince Wiliam
First Place: Colgan High School
Second Place: Patriot High School
Third Place: Gainesville High School
First Place: Virginia Dance Center
Second Place: Showcase Dance Studio
Third Place: Spotlight Dance Studio
CHEERLEADING, MAJORETTE, STEP TEAMS
First Place: Caporales San Simon VA USA
Second Place: Manassas Park HS Cheerleaders
Third Place: Grace E. Metz Middle School Cheerleaders
First Place: Divine Inspirations Center for the Arts
Second Place: Word Alive Church International
Third Place: American Legion Unit 10
First Place: Move4Free Realty LLC
Second Place: Birmingham Green
Third Place: The Junkluggers of Gainesville VA
FLOAT – OTHER
First Place: City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utlities
Second Place: Martin K. Alloy Boys & Girls Club of Manassas
Third Place: Historic Manassas, Inc.
FLOAT – BUSINESS
First Place: Bach to Rock
Second Place: Skate N Fun Zone
Third Place: Alger Sheds
EQUESTRIAN / ANIMALS
First Place: GAR Contractors Inc
Second Place: Peace of Mind K9
Third Place: Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)
First Place: Fire & Smoke Jeep Club
Second Place: Northern Virginia Jeepers Association
Third Place: Bull Run AACA
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TD Bank’s 2022 Woman of the Year: Elizabeth Gossman
Liz started her career in the City of Manassas, VA Government in 1990 as the Senior City Planner where she led the planning effort for the City’s first community-based downtown revitalization plan, Old Town Manassas: A Vision for the Future (1992). That plan, and subsequent updates in 2008 and 2013, provided the vehicle for elected officials, organizations, and visionaries of the community to fully realize the potential of Historic Downtown Manassas and their vision for the future. Liz left Manassas at the middle of her career to gain greater experience, working for Prince William County, Henrico County and the City of Hampton, and returned to Manassas as Director of Community Development in 2003. As Community Development Director, Liz managed Planning and Development, Historic Resources, the Manassas Museum, Economic Development and Parks and Recreation.
Liz was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planners, College of Fellows in 2020. The College recognizes a career planner’s accomplishments and commitment to the profession. Liz retired from the City of Manassas in 2021 after thirty-one years in public service as a city planner. Liz is a long-time resident of the city and has volunteered with many organizations including the Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation.
Liz is currently working as a consultant and has been serving as the Interim Executive Director for Historic Manassas, Inc. since August of this year. Her greatest joy, besides her family, husband Craig and children Stephanie and Danny, is helping small cities like Manassas realize their full potential, seeing Manassas’ downtown streets filled with people, and riding horses.
Men of the Year: The Esquivel Brothers
Victor, Marlon, and Edin immigrated to the US from Guatemala in 1989 and 1990 briefly visiting their family in California before coming to Springfield, Virginia. After living in Springfield for 6 years, the family relocated to the Manassas area.
The Esquivel brothers worked in restaurants in McLean, but around 9/11 Victor saw an ad for someone looking for a partner to open a restaurant in Manassas. Victor, Marlon & Edin opened Ashton Family Restaurant in November 2001 to offer true dining value and an expansive menu. The brothers were able to buy the business six months after opening the doors.
Over the years, the Esquivel brothers expanded their offerings to include a pizza parlor, a food truck, catering services, and a construction company, DRS Construction, which started as drywall and in 2017 switched to roofing.
Marlon and Edin joined All Saints Catholic Church and the St. Gabriel Mission where they became active church members. The brothers help with weekly collections, serve as extraordinary ministers of the eucharist, and take part in weekly and monthly Cursillo Movement activities. The local group provides weekly training for members who want to develop and share their gifts and talents with their family, friends, and community. In addition to meetings, the 1500 local Cursillo members visit the sick and aid those in need.
The Esquivel brothers consider Manassas their hometown – “We love food. We love this town. We love serving you.
Grand Marshal: Captain Obvious
A Washingtonian from birth and fan of everything DC, especially and obviously… Manassas! Captain Obvious was a patient at the UVA Health Prince William Medical Center and like many others, had a bout with COVID. He spent 2 1/2 months in the hospital with 26 of those days on a ventilator.
He survived with the help of the incredible staff in the ICCU and the CCU and is proudly Manassas Strong. The Captain has been seen at local established in the Olde Towne area on many of occasions.
Everybody loves Christmas. Everybody loves a parade. Everybody loves Manassas.
Annie Yua nchors weekday mornings at WUSA9 News from 4:25am until 7am. She joined “Wake Up Washington” and the “Get Up DC” team in October 2018. Annie is a native of the D.C. region and knows how lucky she is to be living her dream and working in her hometown! Annie’s journalism career began in the nation’s capital where she devoted 15 years at the Fox O&O station here in D.C., both on the air and behind the scenes. She graduated with high honors from George Mason University. Annie was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in the D.C. region since the age of three. She’s fluent in Korean, passionate about her work and making a difference in peoples’ lives. She enjoys trips to sunny destinations, playing bad golf, good cuisine, and spending time with her family and friends.
Kevin Shafer is a well-respected firefighter in the City of Manassas and regionally for his professionalism and his ability to build strong relationships with others and inspiring the youth in the City of Manassas. He has spent more than two decades as a firefighter for Prince William County and the City of Manassas Fire Departments serving as a volunteer, career firefighter, Master Tech, Instructor and Lieutenant. Kevin is also the assistant coach of the Shenandoah University softball team and the Titan Elite team. He has also established himself as a well-known on-air television and radio personality providing play-by-play and sports commentary on media outlets such as ESPN, WJFK 106.7 The Fan, WDCW 50, WUSA CBS 9, Fox 5 DC, NFLPA Radio, and ABC News Channel 8.
Untrim A Tree Toy Donations
We will be collecting unwrapped toys along the parade route. This is a great way to donate to a local child in need! Before the parade officially begins, a float will travel along the route collecting the toys. Untrim A Tree has been serving upwards of 4,000 families in Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County.