The Falls Church City Council has named Nicholas F. Benton, the out gay editor, founder and owner of the Falls Church News-Press as ''2007 Business Person of the Year. '' The mainstream, community newspaper also features a weekly column dealing with GLBT issues.
Nicholas Benton of Falls Church News-Press
While the paper itself has won accolades -- twice winning the ''business of the year '' award -- and Benton has been similarly lauded by the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, this particular honor is a first for Benton.
''I'm obviously very pleased, '' he says. ''It's always heartening to receive some recognition and acknowledgement for efforts undertaken to better your community.... For them to actually give the award to me as a person has special meaning to me. I put all my creative energies in the community, such as the Diversity Affirmation Education Fund. ''
Benton established the Education Fund with an initial grant and a goal of teaching tolerance to Falls Church youth. His efforts led to a signature event, ''Challenge Days, '' being added to the school budget.