The City of Manassas is honoring two individuals that have been instrumental in the annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade – George Snyder and Charlyn Hasson-Brown – designating them as Man and Woman of the Year.
Snyder and Hasson will both be acknowledged during this year’s 70th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade, which is scheduled for December 5 at 10 a.m. in Manassas.
More on Snyder’s background and parade contributions from a release:
George Snyder is one of three brothers who was raised in the small town of Belvidere, New Jersey. From a very early age, George discovered an innate passion for helping people that resided within himself. George joined the Air Force and served his country for four years. Around the year 2000, George believed that operating a Chick-fil-A would be a wonderful opportunity for him to pursue his love for people and also build healthier communities. George was brought on by Chick-fil-A as the operator/owner of the Tysons Mall store. It was shortly after opening his new store that George received the heartbreaking news that he had cancer. In 2004, George and his team of employees opened the Chick-fil-A at Signal Hill where he has been serving the people of Manassas ever since. He has been a community supporter whose personal impact is immeasurable.
The history of George’s contributions and his unwavering commitment to the city of Manassas is unparalleled. Each year, George is dedicated to insuring that Chick-fil-A is at every annual parade/event the city of Manassas hosts, such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Fall Jubilee, Christmas Parade, to name a few. Furthermore, on several occasions George has been gracious enough to sponsor free breakfast for all of the parade volunteers and police officers.
More on Hasson-Brown’s background and parade contributions from a release:
Charlyn Hasson-Brown has been with CASA for nearly 22 years and this year, she retires. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provides specially trained advocates, who are court appointed, to abused, neglected and abandoned children whose cases are before the court. She is, herself, a foster-adopt child and when she first heard of the CASA program in 1994, she applied to become an advocate and was accepted into the first training class in the newly organized, Greater Prince William CASA, 31st Judicial District.
She has served on and been a member of many boards, councils and committees in Greater Prince William over the past 20 years, including the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council (Chair), Juvenile Justice Accountability Administration Team, Commonwealth of Virginia CASA Board, PWC Multi-Disciplinary Foster Care Review Team, Girls Group Home Advisory Committee, the Juvenile Crime Control Council, Truancy Intervention Team, Drug Court Advisory Team, Human Services Coalition, Domestic Violence Council, and Child Protection Partnership. She also served on the board of Historic Manassas, Inc., is a Leadership Prince William alumni, chaired the Chamber of Commerce Not-for Profit Council, and chaired the Children’s Needs Committee within the United Way. She will be speaking, as a foster adopt child, at this year’s National Adoption Day on November 20th at the Prince William County Courthouse.