The Virginia Commission for the Arts, a state agency that supports arts activities by distributing grants to artists, arts organizations, educational institutions, local governments and other nonprofit groups, announced its 2005-06 awards last month. Of 391 beneficiaries in the state, 21 are based in Alexandria or Arlington.

Local recipients include the Alexandria Choral Society, $3,700; Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, $13,700; City of Alexandria, $5,000; The American Century Theater, $8,600; Arlington Arts Center, $3,500; Arlington County, $5,000; Classika-Synetic Theatre, $22,400; Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, $5,000; Educational Theatre Company, $700; Encore Stage & Studio, $4,200; Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, $5,100; Jane Franklin Dance, $4,300; Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre, $4,300; Metropolitan Chorus, $1,700; MetroStage, $15,100; Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, $8,300; Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, $800; Signature Theatre, $63,000; Springwater Fiber Workshop, $23,100; Teatro de la Luna, $10,300; and Washington Shakespeare Company, $8,000.

Michelle Boggs, president and CEO of McKinley Marketing Partners Inc. in Alexandria, is one of 26 finalists in the Fortune Small Business magazine and Winning Workplaces "Best Bosses" competition. The winners will be announced Sept. 20.

Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Arlington-based Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, was awarded the Mortar Board National Foundation Alumni Achievement Award at the group's 2005 national conference in Columbus, Ohio. The Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship; Dalglish had served as president of the chapter at the University of North Dakota and later served as an adviser to several other student chapters in the Midwest.

The 2005 Summer Economics Institute, an educational program with internships and business seminars for high school students going into their senior year sponsored by Alexandria City Public Schools, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, presented outstanding intern awards to Mohammad Hossain and Ibrahim Kargbo, both T.C. Williams High School students. Hossain was an intern with the Redmon Group Inc. and Kargbo was an intern at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Betty Wright of Alexandria was recognized as the "Daily Point of Light" on Aug. 5 for her and her late husband Frank Wright's work on child literacy. In 1979, the Frank and Betty Wright Foundation established a pilot program with three tutors known as Wright to Read; today more than 150 volunteer tutors work with students. Betty Wright is still active in the program.

The award is given by the Points of Light Foundation and the Volunteer Center National Network, in partnership with the Knights of Columbus and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Each weekday, one volunteer or volunteer effort in the country receives an award.

-- Compiled by LILA DE TANTILLO

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