The Chestnut Hill Community Association will hold its 2015 annual meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, 8891 Germantown Ave.
Dinner is $10 a person, with food and wine provided by the board of the Chestnut Hill Community Association.
This year’s guest speaker will be 8th District City Councilwoman Cindy Bass.
In addition to providing a neighborhood dinner and remarks by Bass, the CHCA’s annual meeting will feature an awards ceremony for three neighborhood residents who will be recognized for their contributions to Chestnut Hill: Brien Tilley, Brenda Malinics and Jean Hemphill.
Brien Tilley, former CHCA president and current commissioner of baseball for the Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club, will accept the Chestnut Hill Community Award.
“Brien Tilley’s infectious enthusiasm, exceptional leadership skills, and tireless work ethic have enriched the entire Chestnut Hill community,” reads the opening lines of the award he will receive.
Tilley’s award-winning accomplishments include the organization of the annual Hoops Madness basketball tournament, the Holiday Parade and for steering the association’s efforts to study and work towards becoming a 501(c)(3) organization.
The Meritorious Service Award will be presented to Brenda Malinics and Brenda’s Cat Rescue.
Malinics founded Brenda’s Cat Rescue 20 years ago and has been a leading force in finding caring homes for cats of all ages.
“Brenda has been a tireless leader in the exceedingly challenging effort to reduce the suffering caused by the overpopulation of cats and kittens,” reads her award. “As a testament to Brenda’s leadership, thousands of stray and abandoned cats have been adopted into loving homes!”
Chestnut Hill Community Fund president Jean C. Hemphill will be presented with the Benefactor’s Award.
Hemphill has been president of the Chestnut Hill Community Fund since 2007. Prior to that she served on the CHCA’s board of directors in the late 80s and mid 90s. She led efforts to stabilize the fund and diversify it for the benefit of the community.
“Throughout her Chestnut Hill-born-and-raised life, Jean Hemphill has balanced far-reaching academic and professional accomplishments with a local involvement that has brought people and institutions together to enhance the financial health of our community,” reads a section of her award. ‘Whether leading the Community Fund’s efforts or providing gentle counsel to the CHCA at the outset of its nonprofit status pursuit, Jean Hemphill continues the amazing legacy of volunteerism that has served this community so well.”