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Privilege Award

A Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc.

Community Recognition Event

Please join the Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc., as we formally recognize members of the Fairfax County community who most closely follow the tenets and principles practiced by the late Lord Fairfax, COL (Ret) Marion L. “Barney” Barnwell, USA.

Colonel (Retired) Marion "Barney" Barnwell, USA

As a pillar in the Fairfax community COL Barnwell, a community activist with a demonstrated history of community involvement and volunteerism consistently demonstrated a “pay it forward” mentality.
Marion Barnwell’s commitment to helping others was unparalleled even as he inspired his fellow volunteers through his passion for service and humble, reliable leadership.

Privilege Award Program

The Privilege Award
Program Explained

Privilege Award


Register to Attend

Donate to the Cause

There is no charge for this special event, however, your philanthropic donation to the Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc. would be much appreciated.  Your support will make a difference in our efforts to have a positive impact on our community.

“your donation is tax-deductible to the extent of the law.”​

About Our Keynote Speaker

This year's guest speaker is the Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay has more than 25 years of experience working for Fairfax County. For the duration of his time on the board, he has been a champion for equity, education, affordable housing, transportation, revitalization, and the environment in Fairfax County.   As a lifelong Fairfax County resident, he will highlight the importance of volunteerism and community involvement.

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