For the third year in a row, ECHO accepted a large check from the Greenway Drive For Charity. The gift, said CEO Bill Haney, will finance a much-needed fourth van to transport the ECHO program participants to their work sites.
Starting in 2006, the Greenway has donated every penny collected the third Thursday in May at its toll booths to five local charities and to its own scholarship
program. On May 19, 2011 that came to $235,354.87 â€“ a whopping $10,000 more than the record setting (then) $226,246 collected in 2010.
Only the support of the entire community has made this fund raising such a spectacular success, said Terry Hoffman, the Greenwayâ€™s manger of customer and public relations. â€œThat makes it possible for us to give this amount of money.â€
The other four beneficiaries of the Greenwayâ€™s generosity are Loudoun Abused Womenâ€™s Shelter, Fresh Air/Full Care, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the March of Dimes.
ECHO buses are such a common sight on the Greenway, said Greenway CEO Thomas Sines, that he gets inquiries about the â€œGreenway Connector Buses.â€ He dubs the small fleet â€œBillâ€™s Greenway Bus Service.â€
Less than three weeks after collecting the tolls, Greenway management invited the recipients to a lunch at Clydeâ€™s Willow Creek Farm in Ashburn and handed over the checks. Hoffman noted that the Greenway had turned to ECHOâ€™s document removal and disposal service earlier this year when they had to clear out several storage buildings on short notice.
By Shannon Sollinger