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Towne Spotlight: Local Business and Community News of Anne Arundel County

Jan 11, 2018 10:51AM ● By Nicole Gould

Photo by Tony Lewis, Jr.

Anchors Away Sunset Cruise Raises Over $100,000 to Benefit Wellness House of Annapolis 

It was a night to remember on the Watermark Yacht Catherine Marie, as community members set sail for the second annual Anchors Away Sunset Cruise on the Severn to benefit the Wellness House of Annapolis! Aboard this fine vessel, attendees enjoyed delicious fare featuring a Chesapeake styled oyster bar, refreshments, live music, views of the Annapolis Yacht Club’s Wednesday night racing, and great company under a gorgeous sunset on the Severn river. Through the generosity of over 100 guests, this signature event raised over $100,000 to support the Wellness House of Annapolis in its mission to serve individuals and families touched by cancer.


LDC Funds New Athletic Facility at Meade High School

A week before Anne Arundel County public school students returned to school, County Executive Steve Schuh, School Superintendent George Arlotto, Senator Ed DeGrange, Delegate Pam Beidle, Councilman Pete Smith, Cordish Global Gaming CEO Jo Weinberg, and Local Development Council (LDC) Chair Karen McJunkin cut the ribbon on the new athletic facility at Meade High School. The $1.4 million project was funded by video lottery terminal (VLT) funds generated by Live! Casino & Hotel. 


Military Bowl Hosts Home of The Free... Because of the Brave Dinner

The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman teamed up with one of its board members, Paul Norman, to host the 13th Home of the Free … Because of the Brave dinner in September at Fogo de Cháo restaurant. The dinner welcomed recovering service members from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and allowed these brave men and women, their families, and their caregivers to enjoy a special night. Several distinguished guests were in attendance, including Medal of Honor Recipient Barney Barnum and U.S. Army (ret.) Col. Greg Gadson. The dinner raised $19,500 for Patriot Point, the Military Bowl’s 290-acre retreat for recovering service members on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.



Diane Croghan Joins the Board of Directors 

The Central Maryland Chamber is pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Croghan to its Board of Directors. Ms. Croghan is currently the Chief-of-Staff to Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and is the first female for an AAC executive in 25 years. She was previously the Mission Growth Specialist for AAC, preparing the region for the military growth associated with Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).  

Bank of America Senior Vice President, Brian Regan, with YWCA team members.

YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Receives $15,000 Donation

The YWCA announced a $15,000 gift, bringing their recent total to $25,000, from Bank of America in support of the construction of he new Domestic Violence Safe House Shelter. The new shelter will provide twice the capacity of the existing shelter. The YWCA has raised $4.4 million to date. The new residence includes the emergency call center, eight living suites, onsite education, playground, and common space. 

MLK Jr. Committee of Anne Arundel County

Six Local Women Honored at Fannie Lou Hamer Awards Reception For Their Leadership in Civil and Human Rights

Chosen from across Anne Arundel County, six trailblazing women were honored during the centennial birthday celebration of the late civil rights heroine, Fannie Lou Hamer. This was the 22nd annual Fannie Lou Hamer Awards Reception, held on October 1st at the Frances Scott Key Auditorium at St. John’s College. Known for impacting their community, whether through social justice or historical outreach, each woman made a lasting mark on Anne Arundel County. All of this year’s honorees—Sara Elfreth, Yasemine Jamison, MiaLissa Tompkins, Lisa DeJesus, Yvette Morrow and Debbie Ritchie joined the ranks of more than 100 notable women.

New Chesapeake Life Center Director Has Decades of Experience With Organization 

Hospice of the Chesapeake announced that Susan Coale, LCSW-C, has been promoted to Director of Chesapeake Life Center which provides grief and loss counseling to individuals, children, and families. Coale, who started as a volunteer in 1990, joined the nonprofit professionally in 2005 and has served in several roles, most recently as the center’s clinical manager where she oversaw all aspects of the clinical care. 

AAMC President/CEO Victoria Bayless along with former congressman and mental health advocate Patrick Kennedy. 

Anne Arundel Medical Center Celebrates Pathways’ 25th Anniversary

Anne Arundel County leaders and educators convened at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) for “No Wrong Door, Hope for Recovery,” a day-long symposium to commemorate the 25th anniversary of AAMC’s substance abuse and mental health treatment facility, Pathways. Speakers and guests discussed the county’s latest efforts to address mental health and substance abuse in our youth and community. The event concluded with a keynote address by former congressman and mental health advocate Patrick Kennedy. 



UM BWMC Debuts New Mobile Care Service to Anne Arundel County Residents

The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) announced a new home-based emergency service available to Anne Arundel County residents that offers same-day medical care. Individuals who are not able to travel to a physician’s office, emergency department, or urgent care center and need medical treatment, will be able to contact UM BWMC’s Mobile Care team that travels to their location. A UM BWMC physician or advanced practice provider will arrive at the home or workplace and diagnose and treat the person requiring care. Providers are able to diagnose and treat non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries.



Putts Fore Mutts Has Successful Golf Tournament

The Putts Fore Mutts Foundation held its ninth annual golf tournament on September 18th, at the Queenstown Harbor Golf Course, raising $38,000. To date, the Putts Fore Mutts Foundation has raised over $242,000 for local Maryland rescue organizations including this year’s grant recipients: Animal Resources Foundation, Rude Rach – Spay Spa/Neuter Nook, Lab Rescue of the LRCP, and Hero Dogs, Inc.

Community Foundation Announced Recipients of 2017 Celebration of Philanthropy Awards 

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) announced the recipients of the 2017 Celebration of Philanthropy Awards. The awardees are: Philanthropists of the Year, Jane Campbell Chambliss and Peter Chambliss; Corporate Philanthropist of the Year, Buck Distributing Company, Inc.; Volunteers of the Year, Karen Feldman and Helena Hunter; and Young Volunteer of the Year, Jason Cherry. For the second year, CFAAC is pleased to honor the Volunteer and Youth Volunteer in partnership with the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center. Awards were presented on November 10th at the 17th annual Celebration of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon at the Baltimore Airport (BWI) Marriott Hotel. 

Hospice of the Chesapeake’s Golf Committee Co-Chairman Tom Howell, Director of Advancement Chris Wilson, Committee Co-Chairman Lou Zagarino, Chief Advancement Officer Shauna Chabot, and Chief Financial Officer Ed Schneider.


$138K Raised for Hospice of the Chesapeake at Sold Out Golf Tournament 

During a remarkable fall day spent on the Queenstown Harbor Golf Course, more than 200 golfers participated in the Hospice of the Chesapeake’s 15th Annual Golf Tournament. Together they helped raise around $138,000 for the nonprofit that serves Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, $13,000 more than last year, and the most in its history. Team members enjoyed goodie bags brimming with gifts including Under Armor jackets. The golfers enjoyed an omelet bar in the morning, oysters and shrimp with grilled lunch at the turn, and an awards banquet to cap off the day. 

Marine Industry Raises $250,000 for Hurricane Relief at Annapolis Boat Shows

In an effort to support the maritime industry hardest hit by the destruction of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Annapolis Boat Shows partnered with Pusser’s Caribbean Grille and Annapolis Waterfront Hotel to host a campaign during the fall Sail and Powerboat Shows that raised more than $250,000 in hurricane relief. A Donor Appreciation Gala drew more than 350 donors and kicked off a two-week fundraising effort by the marine industry. Due to the generous support of more than two-dozen Annapolis Boat Show exhibitors, like-minded Annapolis businesses, and hundreds of boaters, the “Hands Across the Transom Hurricane Relief” and related in-show fundraising beat all expectations. 

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