The Mary Washington Hospital Foundation presented The Lawrence and Martha McMurtry Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Community Health and Wellness to Downtown Greens and Andrew Milliken during an event held Dec. 12 at Snowden House.

The awards recognize, encourage and stimulate efforts to increase access, improve quality and foster innovation in providing health and wellness services for the medically underserved in the region served by Mary Washington Hospital. They also honor the late Mr. and Mrs. McMurtry, whose personal time and generosity have bettered the quality of health care in our community.

Downtown Greens, a non-profit greenscape in the downtown area of Fredericksburg, received $5,000 and Milliken, who works with at-risk youth, was selected as the individual award winner. Stafford Junction was awarded $5,000 in honor of his accomplishments.

Downtown Greens is a 2.8 acre urban greenspace that is open to the public and offers programs that attract residents from several low-income housing complexes. Its adult and youth programs provide education about sustainable gardening techniques, healthy eating and maintenance of the garden.

Milliken, his wife and their two children chose to sell their home and move into a low-income neighborhood in order to better serve and build relationships with the at-risk youth and families in the area. He has served as a proactive force in the community, meeting needs that have led to better health and overall wellness of the local children.

Stafford Junction is a faith-based non-profit organization that serves high-need children, youth and their families residing in Stafford County. Its mission is to transform lives through faith and action, while partnering with local churches, service agencies and businesses to foster understanding across socio-economic lines.

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—From staff reports