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Interfaith Works will award local company and long-time supporter Marriott International and The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation with the Legacy of Leadership Award at the 16th annual Companies Caring Breakfast.

The breakfast, Interfaith Works’ longest-running event, will take place from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. About 300 people — including public officials, corporate leaders and foundation representatives — are expected to celebrate the Interfaith Works’ goal to help those in need.

Interfaith Works is a nonprofit that aims to lead Montgomery County’s faith communities to help the county’s disadvantaged and homeless.

Marriott is receiving the award for decades of support by the Marriott family in the community.

“Marriott International and the foundation have a worldwide effort to support diversity and inclusion for those who are most vulnerable,” Special Events Coordinator Kristina Devine said. “It really lines up very well because for us, that is always our main focus.”

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, established in 1965, has supported Interfaith Works with grants since 2006, and Marriott International has assisted the county and Interfaith Works for more than 15 years through donations, volunteering and the Spirit to Serve Our Communities program.

Also honored Friday will be Ray Mountain, the Interfaith Works volunteer of the year. Mountain was an integral force in connecting the organization with necessary technology, including computers.

“He’s always been around, he knows the history of our 40 years very well and has done countless work to make sure all of our offices have the support they need to move forward,” Devine said.

The event will also feature emcee Steve Hull, editor and publisher of Bethesda Magazine, and David Stevens, president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, as keynote speaker.

The Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is at 5701 Marinelli Road in Bethesda. Tickets are $125 for individuals and $1,000 for a table of nine. Register at www.iworks.org/companies-caring-breakfast-2013 or contact development director Nina Golding at 301-315-1092.

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