The Lido Civic Club of Washington, D.C. is pleased to announce that it has selected Vito John Germinario as its Man of the Year for 2018.
The Lido Civic Club is also pleased to announce that it has selected Donald P. Loren, Assistant Secretary for Operations, Security, and Preparedness, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to receive the 2018 Public Service Award.
Man of the Year: Vito John Germinario
Vito is President and Co-Owner of GPR, Inc., a commercial glazing company and LGV group LLC, a commercial real estate development company. He is first generation Italian-American. He grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey and is the oldest of four children. He has been involved with numerous projects and is very proud to have been associated with the building of the National Intrepid Center for Excellence at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Vito has a passion for helping children and dedicates much of his time, energy and resources to several non-profit organizations, all which benefit children. He has supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for many years and was the honored recipient of the CFF Hitchcock Humanitarian Award in 2014 for his philanthropy. He also serves on the Breath for Life gala committee, which is committed to help finding the cure. Vito is currently Chairman Emeritus at Excel Academy, an all-girls public charter school in Washington D.C. In addition, Vito is Chairman of the board of directors at Make-a-Wish Mid-Atlantic. He also serves as a trustee and chairman of the finance committee at his alma mater, St. Peter’s Prep, in Jersey City, New Jersey, and is a founding member and board chair at Feathers from Devon, a New York based 501 c3 that gives children with developmental challenges the opportunity to engage in non-traditional therapies, to increase their quality of life. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Museum of American Religion, as well as past board chair of the Lily Fund and past board vice chair of the Friends of Jaclyn. Both foundations work to raise the quality of life for children and their families who are battling pediatric brain tumors.
Public Service Award: Donald Loren
This award will be presented at the annual Lido Past Presidents Night Gala on Saturday, 10, November 2018 at the Bethesda Golf and Country Club. “We are delighted that on this, the 89th Anniversary of the founding of the Lido Civic Club, we are honoring an outstanding American of Italian descent who, as a public servant, has faithfully served our country for many years and risen to the top of the Federal Agency responsible for supporting our veterans”, said Tom Regnante, President of the Lido Civic Club. Appointed by President Trump in August 2017, Mr. Loren oversees VA’s force protection and mission assurance efforts by leading the facilitation and integration of the Department’s emergency management response and recovery, personnel security and suitability, and security and law enforcement activities. These efforts aid to prevent and mitigate degradation of VA services to Veterans and employees, as well as to support federal response efforts for incidents and emergencies. His full biography can be seen at www.va.gov/opa/bios/bio_loren.asp.
Bethesda Golf and Country Club
Bethesda, MD 20817
November 10, 2018 6:30 PM