Dr. Thomas H. Powell honored Marlene Young, President of Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., as a recipient of the 2020 Presidential Medal Honoree in a private ceremony at the Delaplaine Arts Center on Friday, November 13, 2020. Marlene B. Young is President of Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., a private foundation for the enrichment of communities and families by supporting programs that strengthen education, arts and sciences, historical preservation, spiritual enlightenment, and physical well-being. Additionally, she is Vice President of Great Southern Enterprises, Inc., a management services firm in Frederick specializing in venture capital funding and public and private investment.
With a career in corporate administration and a background in publishing and telecommunications, Ms. Young is a five-time recipient of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Outstanding Media Award for her ongoing efforts in support of the Maryland Job Service. She is likewise the recipient of the Founders Club Award from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Telecommunications Association for her contributions to the cable industry of over twenty-five years.
In 2005 Ms. Young was an investor in Great State Publishing Co., publishers of Maryland Life magazine, Maryland’s premier statewide magazine of record which published from 2005 through 2013 during which time, Young served as Chair of The Maryland Board, a 90-member statewide Board comprised of top profile individuals from Maryland’s 23 counties, plus Baltimore City. A primary function of The Maryland Board was the coordination of the annual selection and recognition of the Marylander of Distinction Award and Young chaired the annual event which recognized the accomplishments of outstanding Marylanders who have made multi-dimensional contributions to the State, including J.W. Marriott, Dr. Ben Carson, and others.
In 2008 she was named a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in recognition of community service and human relations. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree by Hood College in 2014 in recognition of her leadership, her long-term support of the college and community contributions and positive impact in Frederick County and the State. She was selected for members in the National Association of Professional Women in 2014 for excellence and dedication to her profession and the advancement and achievement of professional women. Additionally, she received the Inspirational Woman of the Year Award in 2014 by Women’s Radio Network. She received the Community Volunteer Award from the United Way in 2014 for her efforts on behalf of service to others. She was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2015 and recently honored again in 2020 for a second time.
Ms. Young serves on the Board of Trustees of Hood College where she is also Chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee. She is a “founding mother” of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center in Baltimore and is a charter member of the Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, having served two terms as Grants Committee chairperson, and has served on numerous community boards within the region
Mrs. Young and her husband Mike are involved in multiple community activities through service and philanthropic giving. The Youngs have established the Young Scholars Award through the Community Foundations of both Frederick County and Washington County to benefit high school students at Middletown High School and Smithsburg High School who are going on to major in business, education, or music. Likewise, they have established two scholarships at Hood College, her alma mater, for students majoring in business, education, music, or the humanities. Young has been a strong advocate and mentor for student recipients of the scholarship awards. She has also been a strong supporter of women in business and community through the Woman-To-Woman Mentoring association in Frederick County. The Youngs have been proud to be involved with the Carson Scholars Fund since 2008 and have funded Carson Scholars since that time at Wolfsville Elementary School where in 2013 they funded the establishment of a Ben Carson Reading Room for students. Young is a champion for literacy in all ages of life.
Mrs. Young is an accomplished recording artist, having released seven CD albums of holiday, gospel, and inspirational music. She has served as a Choir Director, Director of Music, Music Coordinator, certified Lay Servant, and Adult Sunday School teacher in the United Methodist Church. For the Youngs, their faith, family, and friends are the source of their greatest joy.
Marlene graciously received the honor and once again inspired us by her words. She shared she is so thankful for the many opportunities she has received over the years living and working in the greater Frederick community. She reminded us as we face the trials of today with COVID-19, “We must remember not to allow tough times to define us, but only refine us.” Marlene continued to thank Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. board members and staff that were present and work tirelessly with her to serve the community. She shared she often reflects on her favorite bible verse, ‘Luke 12:48, To whomever much is given, much will be required.’
Marlene also thanked George Delaplaine, Jr. for the trust and confidence he has placed in her and for supporting her over the years to become the successful woman she is today. She shared one of the greatest lessons she learned from George and Bettie Delaplaine’s example, ‘It is not only important to watch the bottom line, but more importantly to watch humankind.’ and they have been a powerful example for her over the years.
Marlene went on to share what an honor it has been to serve in this incredible community and thanked God for the many wonderful people he has placed in her life. Marlene Young and her husband Mike have a daughter and a son and their spouses, and six grandchildren.
(Pictured Left to Right), Jim Plamondon, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Saint John’s Catholic Prep, Marlene Young, President of Delaplaine Foundation, Inc, and Dr. Thomas Powell, President of Saint John’s Catholic Prep