Thank you, donors – Julie Borneman, Watermark Woods – and many more

In this season of Thanksgiving, I would like to express gratitude to all the friends and colleagues who have donated to the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund and have thereby contributed to keeping Greg’s radiant spirit alive.

I established this Fund on April 22, 2016 (Earth Day), with proceeds from selling Greg’s vintage car collection. Since then, a total of 65 individuals or families have contributed to the Fund – in addition to dozens who previously contributed to organizations I designated to receive funds in Greg’s memory.

Starting today and over the next few days, I am proudly sharing profiles of some of Greg’s and my favorite Greater Washington small business owners who have contributed to the Fund, along with a shout-out to all donors who have authorized me to identify them by name.

~ Alysoun


Julie Borneman, Watermark Woods:  Julie’s business is dedicated to making native plants more readily available to residents of Loudoun County, Virginia – the county that Greg and I made our new home when we purchased our small farm in 2012.  As soon as we moved to the property in 2013, we set to making it a certified wildlife sanctuary, with native plants from Julie’s Watermark Woods being a cornerstone of that effort.  Later, for the celebration of life I held for Greg in December 2015, Julie’s Watermark Woods supplied the native Columbine and Cardinal Flower plants that I distributed for each guest to plant at home in Greg’s memory.  Julie has been among donors to the Greg Fund, who also include:

  • Alejandro Aguilar
  • Scott Barnum
  • Bob Benedict, Northwood Construction Inc.
  • Keith Bickel
  • Dr. Hanh Chau, Middleburg Animal Hospital
  • Judy Cheske
  • Nancy Cule
  • Jeana Curro
  • Maria Di Paolo-Greer
  • Tim Fricker, Bikes@Vienna
  • Ann and Tony Garvey
  • Stephanie Gentile
  • Matt Giammarinaro
  • Nicole Hamilton
  • Stephen Hanchey
  • Jason Holstine, Amicus Green Building Center
  • Joni and Paul Jablansky
  • Marielle Jan de Beur
  • Leslie Jay and Larry Seltzer
  • Susan R. Johnson
  • Jim Jones
  • Stephanie Jones
  • Nanna Jonsson
  • Lisa Kirchenbauer
  • Adam and Krisztina Kobor
  • Caroline Kuhfahl
  • Ilona Lantos
  • Anish S. Lohokare
  • Dan Lynch
  • Desmond E. Macauley
  • Ryan and Huyen MacMichael
  • Brian Maddox
  • Jessica and Bruce McNair
  • Mary Martin
  • Dana Meeker
  • Greta N. Morris
  • Michael and Jennifer Nardacci
  • James E. North
  • Diana Ok
  • Debbie Pedro
  • Sarah Pitman
  • Stephanie Skinner
  • Mildred Fletcher “Bucky” Slater
  • Stephen and Elizabeth Ward
  • Charlie Williams
  • Lisa Woods
  • Gary Zhu

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