FREDERICK, Maryland—RaeAnn E. Butler, a 1989 graduate of Hood College and president of the Hood College Alumni Association, will be honored with the 2017 Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism Award during an event for the Community Foundation of Frederick County on Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center.
Butler is a board member of Heritage Frederick and has contributed countless hours to strategic planning, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and more. Through her membership with Carrollton Manor DAR, she helped coordinate the Middletown African American Methodist Episcopal Cemetery project, a book about those buried there, and a symposium about African American history and genealogy.
She has made volunteering a lifelong second career. Her passions are historic preservation and helping senior citizens in Frederick County. She helped launch Daybreak Adult Day Services and, as a 20-plus-year member of the Elder Services Provider Council, was instrumental in creating the annual Elder Expo and conference. Butler served on the board of Frederick County Commission on Aging from 2006 to 2014, and recently served on the Seniors First Committee. She collaborated with Frederick Community College’s Gerontology Advisory Committee to establish its gerontology certificate program and has organized fundraising for numerous organizations serving seniors.
Butler’s other volunteer service includes serving as co-chair of the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ’s Building Project Construction Implementation Committee; board member for Western Maryland Alzheimer’s Association; and previously, a board member and first aid instructor with the Frederick County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Wertheimer honorees are selected for their selfless contributions of time, energy and talents to the Frederick County community. The awards are made possible by a bequest from the late Janis Miller Wertheimer, a well-known Frederick businesswoman and prolific volunteer. This fund provides each Wertheimer Fellow with $25,000 to add to an existing Community Foundation fund or create a new fund. With her Wertheimer Award, Butler has established The Butler Collins Community Impact Fund to provide grants to Frederick County nonprofits, with a focus on seniors and historic preservation and education.