Not every real estate office gets so involved in the community.

"That's just who we are," SeBour said. "We believe heavily in getting involved in the community."

For SeBour, that has extended to her involvement with the Arbutus Business and Professional Association for which she heads the membership committee.

One of the ABPA projects she enjoys is the Santa House, which opens annually with much fanfare at the Town Hall the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Her staff gets involved, setting up and manning craft tables. Every year, children are invited to decorate and take home birdhouses. Last year, 200 birdhouses weren't enough. This year, SeBour already has 300 ready for the event.

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SeBour's efforts have made a difference, said Patti Sue Nolan, the ABPA president.

"You can make a difference here and contribute to the business community," she said. "Debbie has the heart for it."

Nolan praised SeBour's efforts at the Santa House as well as her work — from fundraising and design to construction — on the town sign at Sulphur Spring Road and Linden Avenue.

"She did it all," Nolan said.

SeBour said the party, which her granddaughter Jaicee attended, speeches and flowers, special citations from Congress, the U.S. Senate and state and council officials, "was a very nice honor."

And the $250 check she received will go to, you guessed it, the Children's Miracle Network.

In addition to SeBour, two other local women were honored at last week's ceremony.

The Ruby Award for a woman who made an extraordinary difference in the lives of other women was given to Officer Debra Miller, domestic violence coordinator at the Wilkens Police Station.

The Woman Helping Women Award was presented to Deborah Davis, director of the YWCA of Greater Baltimore Permanent Supportive Housing Program. The program has provided a home for 13 formerly chronically homeless women — and Davis has been involved in homelessness issues for many years.

The Soroptimists have supported this program in recent years, Henn said.

The Soroptimist International of Arbutus is recruiting new members with plans for a new member event in November.

For information, call 410-789-2019.