Ralph Crafts will receive the award Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport near Midland.
Local entrepreneur and philanthropist Ralph Crafts will receive the 2018-19 Roland Tapscott Fauquier Good Scout Award in November.
The annual award honors a member of the Fauquier community who observes the principles of scouting in his or her everyday behaviors.
Mr. Crafts, who lives near Marshall with his wife “Bobbie,” will receive the award during a dinner celebration starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport near Midland.
A fundraiser for the Scouting in the Piedmont District, the dinner will include the auction of a 1,600-mile round trip aboard the Crafts’ four-place executive jet to/from a destination of the winner’s choosing.
“A retired United States Marine Corps pilot, Mr. Crafts applies his interests in healthy living and helping others every day,” said Randall Allen, chairman of the Piedmont District Scouts.
The owners of two aircraft, Mr. and Mrs. Crafts provide their executive jet for medical missions and other urgent transportation needs. They also donated $500,000 toward construction of a two-story terminal building at the airport.
Mr. Crafts also operates a brewery at Vint Hill that produces a health drink, MTO Kombucha. Using his engineering skills, he planned and built his home as a model for environmentally-neutral living. It includes his design of a rainwater capture system serving all their household water needs. The home also has a solar array to generate electricity and a geothermal heating and cooling system.
Tickets for the dinner are $50 each. Event sponsorships range from $600 to $10,000. Click here to buy tickets.
The award honors the memory of Warrenton resident Roland Tapscott, one the first African-American men to serve in the United States Marine Corps as one of the famed Montford Point Marines of World War II. After the war, Mr. Tapscott served as commander of American Legion Post 360. He was a leader of the local NAACP and was an active participant in efforts to peacefully desegregate restaurants throughout Fauquier County in the early 1960s. A federal government employee, he served on the Fauquier County Planning Commission and help found the Fauquier Housing Corp. (now Foothills Housing) to help the needy.
Previous recipients of the Fauquier Good Scout Award include county schools Assistant Superintendent Major Warner, Fauquier Chamber President Joe Martin, Warrenton businessman Jim Rankin, Orlean minister Randy West and Marshall physician Norris Royston.