Reston Investor, Philanthropist Donates $20K To Cornerstones

RESTON, VA — A local philanthropist and his family donated $20,000 to help Cornerstones provide support for Northern Virginia families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Scott Plank, whose War Horse Cities purchased the Reston National Golf Course in 2019, and his family hosted a check presentation ceremony on Sept. 30 at the golf. The event celebrated the donation to Cornerstones made on behalf of the JS Plank and DM DiCarlo Family in June.

The event also served to kickoff the golf course’s latest employee service day, in which staff members assembled PPE kits to be distributed through Cornerstones’ upcoming Thanksgiving Food and Gifts for Kids seasonal drives and community food distribution events. Bank of America, Ford Motor Company, and In2Green donated masks and face shields.

“For 50 years, Cornerstones has worked with valuable community advocates, like Scott Plank and his family, to empower people living in crisis today with resources to rebuild their stability and resiliency for living healthy, connected lives,” said Kerrie Wilson, CEO of Cornerstones, in a release. “While this region has always rallied together to overcome emergency situations, we know how emotionally, physically, and financially devastating this pandemic is on our most vulnerable neighbors. In the last quarter of our fiscal year (FY20) alone, more than 6,100 families and individuals have reached out to us for help with food, employment, and housing.”

Plank said he was thankful for the opportunity to support a community so full of life. “Cornerstones provides an excellent opportunity for short-term assistance, which turns into long-term success for individuals and their community,” he said.

The Plank Family Foundation also hosted a Stuff the Bus Campaign at the golf course over the summer to encourage donations to Cornerstones’ Back-to-School backpack / PPE drive. Thanks to the donations from golfers and the community, Cornerstones distributed 1,100 PPE kits, almost 900 boxes of produce, and 1,000 gift cards for groceries or gas in August.