The Kate Award

The Kathleen Walsh Richardson Citizenship Award

UPDATE:  Our 2017 application form is now available and Kate Award Season is officially open on the Eastern Shore! Applications will be accepted from 1/1/17 – 2/28/17. Applications may be delivered in person, mailed, or emailed and must be received by No Limits by 3pm on 2/28/17. Please click here for the application form: Kate Award Application 2017


2016 Honorable Mention Recipient, Erica Head, our Executive Director, Rachel Evans, and 2016 First Place Winner Kellam Addison posing for a photo with their beautiful trophies.

Kathleen “Kate” W. Richardson was an Onancock resident and a founding member of No Limits, a day program for survivors of brain injury on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Kate was a smart and funny lady, a survivor of brain injury, and a dedicated community volunteer. She died far too soon in July of 2012.

Kate Richardson, pictured at a picnic in Kiptopeke, 2007.

Kate Richardson, pictured at a picnic in Kiptopeke, 2007.

Kate volunteered over the years in many places, including the Eastern Shore Public Library, the FoodBank of the Eastern Shore, Shore Memorial Hospital, and the Salvation Army, among others. To honor her memory and her spirit of service, No Limits Eastern Shore established the Kathleen Walsh Richardson Citizenship Award in 2014, known informally as the “Kate”. This award is supported by generous donations made in Kate’s memory by the Richardson family.

The 2016 winner, Mary-Catherine Kellam Addison, a Broadwater Academy senior, has volunteered with organizations such as the Foodbank of the Eastern Shore, the YMCA’s Camp Silver Beach, the Eastern Shore Land Trust and the Barrier Islands Center. She has also helped restore coral reefs in Florida, was Athletic Trainer for her school, and traveled to Washington, D.C., as the ANEC Youth Representative. She is a wonderful example of a young person who gives back to her community.

The 2016 Honorable Mention winners are also amazing young people. Erica Anne Head, a senior at Northampton High School, has volunteered with her school’s National Honor Society, helps with many activities at her church, coached youth soccer, and participated in the Youth Conservation Leadership Program through the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District. Jessica LeCato, a home-schooled student currently at the 9th grade level, was 2015 Junior Member of the Year for Northampton Fire and Rescue. She volunteers with the EMS Department in Nassawadox and helps out with the Food Pantry, Vacation Bible School, and many other events at Franktown United Methodist Church.

In 2015 the Award went to Robert Charles Cooley, a senior at Broadwater Academy. The 2014 First Place Winner of the Kathleen Walsh Richardson Citizenship Award was Iesha Warrington, a student at Central Baptist Academy. D’errica Toppin, a Nandua High School student, was an Honorable Mention winner in 2014.

Iesha with some of the No Limits group.

Iesha Warrington, the first Kate Award winner in 2014, with some of the No Limits group.

This award is open to Accomack and Northampton County residents attending/enrolled in high school (homeschoolers at the high school level are eligible). Applicants submit at least 4 photos (with captions describing them) and three (3) references.

The photos must demonstrate the applicant’s service to their community – for example, participation in volunteer activities, recycling/environmental efforts, church or school-related service. We know there are lots of young people out there doing great work for their communities – on rescue squads, in churches and schools, and in their neighborhoods. Our goal is to encourage this kind of good citizenship in our youth in memory of Kate.

Please note that we require photos to make it easier for our judges, most of whom are survivors of brain injury, to easily review the applications. Photos should illustrate the community service of the applicant but don’t necessarily have to picture the applicant. Just show us the good work you are doing!


Thanks so much to Denise Brown for all of her hard work on the Kate Award Board!

The 2016 Kathleen Walsh Richardson Award was a cash award of $300, with two Honorable Mention awards of $150 also distributed. Winners were chosen by members  of No Limits Eastern Shore and announced in March. Cash prizes and trophies were given to winners in a ceremony at No Limits. Winners are chosen based on the strength of their photo submissions, as determined by No Limits Eastern Shore, and must provide three (3) verifiable character references.

Applicants retain the rights to their photos but grant No Limits Eastern Shore the right to post their submissions on our website and use them in our promotional materials. By applying applicants also agree to allow the use of their image in promotional materials related to this award. All recommendations must be submitted on the form provided. Applications will contain a minimum of four (4) photos with captions explaining the community-building activities they participate in.


A scene from the 2016 Awards Ceremony at No Limits.

Contest entrants must be legal residents of the United States of America. Immediate relatives (children, grandchildren, step-children, step-grandchildren) of No Limits employees, participants, and Board members are not eligible to participate due to conflict of interest concerns.

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  1. Thank you so much for honoring Robert Charles with this award today. I knew Kate well and this was the most special award! I am so proud of my nephew for what he has done and for getting this award. Thank you again for the wonderful luncheon, beautiful cake, the award and for recognizing Robert Charles for being an amazing young man. Also for all you do at No Limits.

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