Elkridge Adult Athletic Association backs three young scholars [Elkridge]

The Elkridge Adult Athletic Association has been a proud Elkridge community supporter for over 30 years, and an important part of its long-lived tradition of giving is the organization's annual scholarship awards presented to deserving high school seniors. The details and application process were mentioned in this space on multiple occasions this past spring, and I have recently received an update on the 2013 winners.

The recipients of their 2013 EAAA annual Scholarships were Renee Driver of Glen Burnie, who hails from Archbishop Spalding High School and plans to attend University of Maryland; Matthew Slahetka of Elkridge, a 2013 graduate of Long Reach High School, who has been accepted to Towson University; and Cooper Gerus, also of Elkridge, and a 2013 alum of Howard High School, who will be attending Lebanon Valley College.

All three of these recipients submitted exemplary applications and were among many impressive applications received. Congratulations to these three hard-working students, who will receive their awards in a special ceremony.

The EAAA is an all-volunteer organization, with approximately 20 full- and part-time members. The organization conducts various fundraising activities throughout the year in an effort to give back to the local communities through programs like its annual scholarship. The 2013 scholarship funds brings the lifetime total scholarship awards to approximately $85,000.

For more information on this program or EAAA in general, contact Dave Grabowski (eaaa11@yahoo.com) or Jeff Lockard (jeff.w.lockard@gmail.com).

Speaking of fundraisers for local causes, don't miss the auto eye candy as the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association and the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks host the fifth annual Rockburn Open Car Show, Saturday, Aug. 17, 12 to 4 p.m., at Rockburn Branch Park, Montgomery Road entrance.

The show features classic, antique, hot rods and modifieds, 1999 or older. Awards include the Gary J. Arthur Memorial Award, EAAA Jay Herbert Memorial, Best in Show and the People's Choice awards. Best of Class will be awarded in multiple categories, including American cars, Corvettes, trucks, and both European and Asian imports.

To register your cool "ride," call 410-313-7275, or go to countyofhowardmd.us/carshow.htm. The pre-registration fee to exhibit is $10; after Aug. 9 or onsite, $15. The event is free to the public.

The Rockburn Open Car Show will actually kick-off with a Friday night concert at Rockburn Park (Montgomery Road side), Friday, August 16, 7-8:30 p.m. Back by popular demand, the Nighthawks will take the stage, and although the concert is free, there is a modest $3 parking fee, which will benefit the EAAA Scholarship Fund.

And, while you're feeling totally philanthropic with fundraisers and local support, mark your calendars for the annual Elkridge Food Pantry "Give Where You Live 5k" Family Fun Run/Walk, Sunday, Sept. 15, at 8 a.m.

Sign up yourself and your family and then invite friends and neighbors to join the fun! This is the single sole fundraising event for the pantry and they are hoping for 300+ participants this year to beat 2012, especially since they are serving 30 more families now than this time last year. So, put on your running or walking shoes and join the fun! You can register at m.active.com/running/elkridge-md/give-where-you-live-5k---benefit-elkridge-food-pantry-and-garden-2013 OR http://www.crosslifeevents.org. You can also friend the food pantry on Facebook at facebook.com/ElkridgeFoodPantryAndGarden.

Calling all golden years crab lovers! The Elkridge Senior Center will host a crab feast, Friday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out and enjoy great food and music; the menu will include Maryland crab soup, steamed crabs, BBQ chicken, cole slaw, cornbread, watermelon, and beverages. Cost is $15 per person and, with limited space and to make sure they plan for enough food, reservations are mandatory. RSVP by Aug. 12 by calling 410-313-4930 or 410-313-5192.

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