A Seven-Time Emmy Award winning actor, Edward Asner is known to be versatile, committed, eloquent and talented. He is perhaps best known for his comedic and dramatic crossover as the gruff but soft-hearted journalist Lou Grant, the role he originated on the landmark TV news room comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show and continued in the newspaper-set drama Lou Grant. Combined he earned five Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards for his role as the memorable Mr. Grant.
Mr. Asner received two more Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for the mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man and Roots. His inexhaustible and much honored acting career demonstrates a consummate ability to transcend the line between comedy and drama. One of the most honored actors in the history of television, Mr. Asner has been the recipient of seven Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, as well as five Golden Globe Awards. He also served as National President of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1996. In 2000, Mr. Asner received the Ralph Morgan Award from the Screen Actors Guild, which is presented periodically for distinguished service to the Guild’s Hollywood membership. In March 2002, he was again honored by The Guild as the 38th recipient of the prestigious Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, presented annually to an actor who fosters the highest ideals of the profession.
In addition, Mr. Asner came to the 70th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade with a prolific resume, having played Santa Claus five times in different films and television shows: Elf (2003), The Ellen Show (2001), Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999), The Story of Santa Claus (1996), and in an episode of Highway to Heaven. We were thrilled and honored to have him as our Grand Marshal!
Recent Credits Include:
NBC telefilm Buddy the Elf
Disney’s The Games Maker
Mom starring Allison Janney
TBS primetime series Men At Work
The Crazy Ones with the late Robin Williams
Chasing Life with Marion Ross for ABC Family
Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s 2009 box-office-hit UP!
CBS series Criminal Minds starring Joe Mantegna
Hallmark telefilm All of My Heart starring Lacey Chabert
Lifetime telefilm Christmas On The Bayou opposite Markie Post
A recurring role on the CBS series The Good Wife starring Julianna Margulie
Some of the many honors he has received throughout his career include the Anne Frank Human Rights Award, The Eugene Debs Award, Organized Labor Publications Humanitarian Award, ACLU’s Worker’s Right’s Committee Award and the National Emergency Civil Liberties Award.
Asner also returned to Broadway in the Fall of 2013 starring in the comedy drama Grace opposite Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Kate Arrington written by Craig Wright and directed by Dexter Bullard.
Asner has also been touring the country as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the critically acclaimed one man show FDR for over nearly 5 years.
Asner also has more than 100 TV credits, which include starring in the series Off the Rack, The Bronx Zoo and Thunder Alley. Numerous guest appearances include roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm, ER, Arliss, The Practice and a recurring role on Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. Besides commercials and numerous books on tape, he has lent his voice to popular cartoon shows such as The Simpsons, Spiderman and Boondocks. Asner’s dozens of motion pictures include They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, Fort Apache the Bronx, JFK, and the European production of Giovanni XXIII – the highest rated television mini-series in the history of Italian TV. Asner has done several Hallmark movies and was nominated for another Emmy for The Christmas Card. Most recently he co-starred in the feature film Gigantic with John Goodman, Zooey Deschanel and Jane Alexander; as well as previously his Emmy nominated guest appearance on CSI/NY.
Charlyn Hasson-Brown has been with CASA for nearly 22 years and this year, she retires. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provides specially trained advocates, who are court appointed, to abused, neglected and abandoned children whose cases are before the court. She is, herself, a foster-adopt child and when she first heard of the CASA program in 1994, she applied to become an advocate and was accepted into the first training class in the newly organized, Greater Prince William CASA, 31st Judicial District. In January of 1995, she was appointed to her first case where a child had been murdered. In 1996, she became Program Coordinator and in 1997 the organization was struggling with financial issues and had had 3 Executive Directors in its first 3 years. It was in process to be closed when she asked for the opportunity to turn it around. She became interim Director and began working to insure the future of the program. In January of 1998, she officially became the Executive Director and brought the organization forward from serving 60 children to serving as many as 515 children in one year and serving nearly 4,000 children collectively since 1994. When she became interim director there were 18 active advocates – today there 165 specially trained advocates working with the children. CASA was incorporated as Greater Prince William CASA in 1993 and then in 2012, Ms Hasson, expanded the program to include the unserved children of the 20th Judicial District which includes Fauquier, Loudoun and Rappahannock counties.
In 1998, the CASA Board Chair, Sharon Thomachak Owen, created a fundraiser, called Evening Under the Stars, to help sustain the organization. Ms Hasson-Brown grew that event to one of the largest events of its kind in the area with over 1,000 people attending each year at the Loy E. Harris Pavilion in Manassas. The event was named one of the top three Best Charitable Events in Virginia, for 2015 by Virginia Living Magazine. She was honored, by Mayor Hal Parrish, at the 2105 Evening Under the Stars event with a Commendation for her years of service to the children of Manassas.
Through all the years, her personal goal and part of the mission of CASA was to empower abused children to understand that they have great value and can achieve much in life, despite all that has happened to them. She believed that by supporting these child victims, encouraging them, advocating for needed services, helping to insure that they are not re-abused and facilitating their having a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible, these children of trauma can become physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. A favorite quote of hers from Hemingway is: “The world breaks everyone and in the end, some are strong in the broken places.” She wanted to help the children to become “strong in the broken places”.
She has served on and been a member of many boards, councils and committees in Greater Prince William over the past 20 years, including the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council (Chair), Juvenile Justice Accountability Administration Team, Commonwealth of Virginia CASA Board, PWC Multi-Disciplinary Foster Care Review Team, Girls Group Home Advisory Committee, the Juvenile Crime Control Council, Truancy Intervention Team, Drug Court Advisory Team, Human Services Coalition, Domestic Violence Council, and Child Protection Partnership. She also served on the board of Historic Manassas, Inc., is a Leadership Prince William alumni, chaired the Chamber of Commerce Not-for Profit Council, and chaired the Children’s Needs Committee within the United Way. She spoke as a foster adopt child on National Adoption Day, November 20th, at the Prince William County Courthouse.
Charlyn was nominated by multiple people in the community and was a unanimous choice by the parade committee for the Woman of the Year for the 70th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.
George Snyder is one of three brothers who was raised in the small town of Belvidere, New Jersey. From a very early age, George discovered an innate passion for helping people that resided within himself. After high school graduation, George joined the Air Force and served his country for four years. After the service, he began his civilian work as an advertising director for a well-known newspaper. During his time at the newspaper George felt he was being led to help with a local Christian school. He ultimately served as its administrator for several years.
Around the year 2000, George believed that operating a Chick-fil-A would be a wonderful opportunity for him to pursue his love for people and also build healthier communities. George was brought on by Chick-fil-A as the operator/owner of the Tysons Mall store. It was shortly after opening his new store that George received the heartbreaking news that he had cancer. After major surgery, George pulled through with more determination than ever before. Although, his surgery did not come without a cost – George’s tongue had to be removed in order to eradicate all of the cancer. This not only took away his ability to eat but also hindered one of his most enjoyable life passions, communicating with people. George was determined that he would not let this setback deter him from pursuing his passions. After faithfully serving the people and community of McLean, George decided to branch out even further and applied for the Chick-fil-A that was opening in Manassas. In 2004, George and his team of employees opened the Chick-fil-A at Signal Hill where he has been serving the people of Manassas ever since. He has been a community supporter whose personal impact is immeasurable.
The history of George’s contributions and his unwavering commitment to the city of Manassas is unparalleled. Each year, George is dedicated to insuring that Chick-fil-A is at every annual parade/event the city of Manassas hosts, such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Fall Jubilee, Christmas Parade, to name a few. Furthermore, on several occasions George has been gracious enough to sponsor free breakfast for all of the parade volunteers and police officers. Additionally, this year George and Chick-fil-A at Signal Hill were the main event sponsors for Manassas City Public Schools Convocation. George is a former school administrator and was very excited for the opportunity to show his support and appreciation for the faculty of Manassas City Schools. Additionally, George has been a champion in his determination to help Manassas City Public Schools raise money. Each year, Chick-fil-A at Signal Hill hosts numerous spirit nights for city schools which allows them to raise much needed funds – at no cost! George has also displayed a steadfast commitment to all of the surrounding Police Departments, including the City of Manassas. On several occasions, George has fed groups of policemen at no charge as they worked on various operations around the community. As George supports these public servants, the officers in turn are able to better serve the community, which ultimately translates into a safer living environment for the people of Manassas.
Dr. Terry Tinsley nominated him and the committee unanimously chose George Snyder to be the Man of the Year for the 70th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.