Released on April 16, 2018 - 10:05am

LHS Gala “The Greatest Show on Earth” Honors 3


Laurel, Maryland...Three outstanding representatives of the Laurel community will be honored with Community Impact Awards on April 28 at the Laurel Historical Society’s Annual Gala. This year’s winners are: Robert Mignon, Main Street Pharmacy and Laurel Advocacy and Referral Service, Inc (LARS).   The Community Impact awards were created to honor the contributions of those in Laurel who have worked to foster the kind of community that the Laurel Historical Society works to preserve and promote.

Robert Mignon, former owner of Minuteman Press on Main Street, will receive the Individual Community Impact Award.  Main Street Pharmacy will be recognized with the Small Business Community Impact Award. LARS will be recognized with the Non-Profit Community Impact Award.

 “It is important for community organizations to work together.  In addition to co-sponsoring events and attending each other’s programs, sometimes it’s nice to acknowledge each other.  This year’s honorees definitely need to be celebrated!”  noted Jhanna Levin, Gala Chair.

A stilt walker will greet the guests as they arrive, and a Living Statue will entertain guests during cocktail hour in keeping with the night’s theme: “The Greatest Show on Earth”.   They’ll be joined by a DJ for dancing, both a Live and Silent auction, a game of chance and even a live Mermaid.   The gala is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. Festivities are being held at the Doubletree Inn at 15101 Sweitzer Lane in Laurel.  Sponsorship and ticket information can be found at

The Laurel Historical Society is located at 817 Main Street, Laurel, Md.  Its current Laurel Museum exhibit: “We the People: How Community Engagement Shaped Laurel “will run through December 2018.  The Laurel Museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00am-2:00pm and Sundays 1-4:00pm Admission is free. For John Brennan Research Library appointments, tour groups and more information contact [email protected], or 301-725-7975.




Community Impact Award Winners

Main Street Pharmacy:  Small Business Community Impact Award

Located in the Patuxent Place development, fronting Main Street, the small neighborhood pharmacy makes major contributions to our community and neighboring counties.  Established in 2005 at its original location, 653 Main Street, the pharmacy has been the little “engine that could” going up against the big box stores.  Ali Thakkar has been with the pharmacy since its inception.  In 2011, he bought the business, increased services and identified niches in the marketplace that give the pharmacy a competitive edge. A 2017 move to the new location at 667 Main Street has allowed for expansion of services, which include a Compounding Room, delivery services and customized Medical Packaging. The family owned business is run by Ali Thakkar and his wife Mariam Thakkar who have been business members of the Laurel Historical Society since 2005.  Mariam joined the organizations Board in 2013 and has been serving as the Treasurer since 2015.  The Main Street Pharmacy is often seen on the list of sponsors for local organization events to include, LARS, Side by Side and the Laurel Historical Society.        


Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services: Non-Profit Community Impact Award

LARS was established in 1987 to offer emergency services to Laurel residents throughout Prince George’s, Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, LARS works with families to help them regain household stability. service offerings and programs have evolved over the years, as the needs of the Laurel Community have change. Today its primary service offerings are food assistance, eviction prevention, utility and housing assistance, vouchers for eyeglasses, hearing aids, clothing and furniture, referrals for shelter and a food pantry programs.  LARS also provides expert presentation and resource services to other organizations and their clients.   In 2017, through the food assistance program, LARS provided 9,000 bags of food to families and prevented approximately 100 evictions.  A 2017 pilot program, Self Sufficiency, selects a small group to work with for a set amount of time, to develop skills to achieve economic self-sufficiency, employment, healthy finances, housing and emotional and physical well-being.  As of April 2018, the organization has already prevented 85 evictions. LARS has always had community fund-raising efforts, including the hugely popular Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving and the Cinco de “Mayo,” scheduled for this May.  Today, with the loss of state funding, community support is increasingly important.


            Robert Mignon:  Individual Community Impact Award

Bob and Jeanne Mignon relocated from Seattle, Washington to Laurel Maryland in 1992 to raise their young family.  In 1994 they bought a Minuteman Press business in Beltsville.  In 2003 their second Minuteman Press opened on Laurel's downtown Main Street.  After many successful years at both locations, in 2013, they decided to consolidate both operations at the Laurel location. Bob exemplifies community advocacy and activism as a lifetime member of the Laurel Historical Society, member of the Laurel (BNI) Business Network International, Board member of the Laurel Lions Club, President of the Laurel Board of Trade and Charter member of the Greater Beltsville Business Association.  Minuteman Press has provided countless in-kind donated printing services to organizations and local special events.   Bob has always had a commitment to the networking and development of local businesses and is happy to make introductions and facilitate business opportunities.  His appreciation for the history of our community was proudly demonstrated with the historic photos that continue to so beautifully cover the windows at the now former Main Street Minuteman Press Bob sold the business and retired in 2017.  Bob continues to serve the community and now has more time to spend with his wife, children and young grandchildren



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