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Military Bowl + Altruistic Gift Ideas

Dec 22, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren

Photo Credit: Kevin Carroll

What’s Up? has color coverage on all 2015 Military Bowl happenings this week. Last minute gift giving got you stumped? Give an altruistic gift in that special someone’s name for the greater good of the community. You’ll find the Editor’s Picks for deserving nonprofits. Happy Holidays from your friends at What’s Up? Media!

2015 Military Bowl

Navy vs. Pitt, Monday, December 28th, 2:30 p.m.
This postseason college football game has a unique mission to honor and show appreciation for the nation's service men and women, their families, as well as veterans who have honorably served our country. The game is half past 1400 hours at Navy- Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis. Tickets are $25-80. This event benefits the USO. Founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the United Service Organizations, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services, and live entertainment to United States troops and their families.

Military Bowl Happenings

Military Bowl happenings include the Crawl to the Military Bowl,  Military Bowl Wine Walk,  Military Bowl Parade,  and Brigade Bowl Game Tailgater.

Crawl to the Military Bowl

Sunday, December 27th 4-9 p.m. in Downtown Annapolis
Visit participating bars for Budweiser draught features, cool giveaways and lots of FAN fun! No registration/ticket purchase necessary.

Photo Credit: Kevin Carroll

Military Bowl Bars Include:

ACMEArmadillo’s Bar & GrillCharlie’s Bar at MangiaEbb Tide TavernFado Irish PubHeroes PubMcGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster BarRams Head Tavern,  Stan & Joe’s Saloon,  West End Grill  and Westin Annapolis.

Military Bowl Wine Walk

Most businesses will feature tastings from local Maryland wineries. Everyone making a purchase at a participating business during the Military Bowl Wine Walk will be entered into a drawing for the following prizes:

Military Bowl postgame field passes, A set of wine glasses from Great Frogs Winery, Framed black and white image of ‘Annapolis Watermen’ from Great Frogs 2012 Cabernet wine label. Framed black and white image of the old Annapolis City Dock. This circa 1953 image is featured on Great Frogs’ special reserve dessert wine.The drawing will be held on the night of Sunday, Dec. 27, following the Military Bowl Wine Walk. Winners will be notified that night and provided instructions for picking up their prizes.


Wine Walk Locations Include:

49 West Café Winebar & GalleryAlpaca International,  Annapolis Collection Gallery  Annebeth’s,  Charles Lawrance Gallery,  Easy Street,  Ekaa – Hands That Create,  Evergreen Antiques,  Finn Annapolis Gallery  Fox’s Den,  Main Street GalleryMaria’s Picture PlaceMarine Art GalleryMcBride GalleryHoBo the Original,  Nancy Hammond Editions,  Shades of the Bay,  The Green Phoenix 2,  Vintage Weekend, and Wine & Design.


Military Bowl Parade

Join the gameday tradition leading up to kickoff: the Military Bowl Parade! The Budweiser Clydesdales are back to lead the way for another exciting bowl season in Annapolis.

After the parade, join the Official Military Bowl Tailgate in the Blue Lot on the west side of the stadium. Admission is free to both the parade and tailgate.


Last Minute Gift Giving Got You Stumped? Here are the Editor’s Picks for Altruistic Gifts. Give to nonprofits in that special someone’s name for the greater good of the community.

Anne Arundel County:

Photo courtesy of We Care and Friends

We Care and Friends

We Care and Friends, led by Larry Griffin, is the center of activity for assistance, classes, community events, or counseling in the Stanton Community Center in Annapolis and has helped thousands of people.  We are a grass-roots 501(c)3 organization and the “place to go” for people who have no where else to turn for food, housing, clothing, drug treatment, family counseling, and employment in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. 

Junior League of Annapolis

An organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Their mission is to make Anne Arundel County a place where all women and children are able to reach their full potential.

A Thyme to Entertain

The JLA’s coffee table-style cookbook highlights menus and traditions of Annapolis. This gift celebrates the Chesapeake’s rich maritime history and gives back to their great cause!

The Light House – A Homeless Prevention Support Center

Serves as a beacon of hope to Anne Arundel County’s most fragile neighbors. For over two decades the nonprofit has been steadfast in their mission of rebuilding lives with service and compassion by providing shelter, preventing homelessness and empowering people in Anne Arundel County as they work to become self-sufficient.

Eastern Shore:

Environmental Concern

is dedicated to working with all aspects of wetlands; the most productive and fascinating ecosystems in the world. After more than 40 years of providing wetland services in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and beyond, they continue to broaden our partnership efforts. They have made significant progress in the ongoing effort to improve the water quality in the bay; yet there is still much work to be done. Protecting our wetlands is vital.


Photo courtesy of Living Classrooms

Living Classrooms Foundation

strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as "living classrooms." Living Classrooms has grown into an educational and economic force that combines one of Baltimore city's most cherished assets - its beautiful and historic harbor - with some of its most overlooked - the thousands of bright, ambitious children and young adults who are struggling to succeed against terrible odds. What began with one program in one city has grown into dozens of programs across a region that now encompasses Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.

And Beyond:

Photo courtesy of Doctors Without Borders

Helen Keller International

Provides tens of thousands of children and adults throughout Africa and Asia with the tools, resources and education needed to live healthier lives.

Doctors Without Borders

Helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.

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