Skip to main content

What's Up Magazine

Towne Spotlight: Local Business and Community News February 2016

Feb 11, 2016 10:12AM ● By Melissa Lauren
By Melissa Lauren

Chef Zachary Pope, shown here 
with Blackwall employees Randi 
Shultz and Manager, Jaleesa 
Johnson prepared and delivered 
holiday meals and gifts to 10 
Annapolis families in need on 
Christmas Eve. Photo courtesy 
of Blackwall Hitch.

First Annual Blackwall Bash Merry Motown Celebration Provided Holiday Meals and Toys for Annapolis Families in Need

A holiday kick-off celebration at one local restaurant led to a merrier Christmas for 10 Annapolis families in need. Proceeds from the First Annual Blackwall Bash Merry Motown Celebration, held on December 5th at Blackwall Hitch in Annapolis, went toward providing a holiday meal prepared by award-winning Chef Zachary Pope, along with children’s gifts to ten families living in Annapolis public housing. Blackwall Hitch staff delivered the food and toys to each family on Christmas Eve. For more information call 410-279-0332 or visit

Entrepreneur’s Exchange Announced 2015 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Winners

2015 Spirit of Entrepreneurship 
Winners proudly hold their awards 
during the EE ceremony. Photo 
courtesy of Entrepreneur’s Exchange.

Entrepreneur’s Exchange of Anne Arundel County announced the winners of its annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards on December 2nd during a ceremony that was held at Union Jack’s British Pub in Annapolis. The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards are designed to recognize local business leaders who exemplify tenacity, creativity, and integrity. There are three categories: Member, Non-Member, and Rising Star (in business less than three years). The 2015 award winners are: Spirit of Entrepreneurship Member: Michael Sanders, NEXPHASE IMS, Spirit of Entrepreneurship Non-Member: Thomas Barnhill, Business by Barnhill, and Spirit of Entrepreneurship Rising Star: Sean Kostkowski, Core Life. Entrepreneur’s Exchange, Inc., is a nonprofit organization located in Annapolis, Maryland. Its mission is to provide encouragement, support, education, information exchange and marketing exposure to business owners or individuals with the entrepreneurial spirit. For more information visit call 410-647-8167 or visit

We Care and Friends Toy Drive

Larry Griffin was thrilled to distribute 
toys on Christmas Eve 2015 to 
Annapolis youth. Photo courtesy of 
We Care and Friends.

For nearly 20 years, We Care and Friends has held a holiday toy drive, providing toys for hundreds of children whose families cannot afford gifts. Almost 200 families in need provide their children’s holiday wish list to We Care and Friends each year. The toys are provided by citizens at local toy drive drop sites in the Annapolis area, local companies, as well as, sponsors. Through the help of volunteers, We Care and Friends and Santa provided an evening of fun at the Stanton Community Center in Annapolis as the gifts were distributed to the children and their families on Christmas Eve 2015. Many thanks go out to those who donated their time to make this event a great success! Next year, you, your friends, or your company can sponsor a family in need or consider volunteering to sort or distribute gifts. If you are interested in joining this program or other We Care and Friends programs as a participant, mentor or donor, call 410-263-2874 or email For more information visit

Queen of All Food Drives on the Harbor Queen

The Queen of All Food Drives took place on December 12th aboard Watermark’s Harbor Queen in spite of the tragedy in town. Although the Lights Parade was cancelled due to the Annapolis Yacht Club fire, many decorated boats still cruised displaying their spirit. Around 250 people stepped aboard Harbor Queen throughout the evening and The Chesapeake Revelers entertained guests with music. Watermark made a record donation to the Food Bank of Anne Arundel County: $1,714.65 with 315 pounds of food. The Food Bank calculated the donation was the equivalent of 14,032 pounds of food! For more information call 410-268-7601 or visit

To learn more about how to publicize your event in Towne Spotlight, email Community Events Editor, Melissa Lauren at