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Red Cross, Homewood Museum volunteer projects for this neighbor [Lutherville-Timonium]

Recently, I spoke to neighbor and dedicated community volunteer, Katherine Pinkard Bowers. Currently, Katherine serves as vice chairwoman of the board of the Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region, an organization near and dear to her heart. When asked how she decided to get involved in volunteering for the Red Cross, Katherine states "I don't want to live in a world without the Red Cross, which is precisely why I decided to get involved." While many people are familiar with the Red Cross's blood drives and CPR courses, Katherine hopes to raise awareness regarding the extensive services the Red Cross provides, such as their services to the Armed Forces and veterans, as well as their nursing assistants training program. She is currently spearheading their volunteer engagement initiatives to encourage more people to volunteer with the Red Cross in the area.

Dedication to the Baltimore community runs deep in Katherine's family. As the chairwoman of the Homewood Museum Advisory Board on the Johns Hopkins University campus, Katherine is the fourth generation of her family to take an active role in the museum. In the 1980s, her great-grandfather, Robert G. Merrick, actually helped restore the Carroll family home, built in 1801, now the Homewood Museum. Decades earlier, as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins, Mr. Merrick had rented a room in the Carroll's former home, which served as the Johns Hopkins Club at the time. After a successful career in banking, he took an active role in its renovation and restoration. In years past, Katherine's mother and grandmother have also volunteered at the museum in various capacities. On Dec. 8, you can tour the museum during, "Homewood by Candlelight," when the museum appears as it might have in the early 19th century. Enjoy refreshments and live music and an opportunity to tour the current exhibition Finery and Finish: Embellishment on Baltimore Federal Furniture. For ticket information go to museums.jhu.edu.

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While committed to her volunteer projects, Katherine's core focus is running the commercial real estate firm, Pinkard Properties. Two years ago, she and her father founded Pinkard Properties, a certified women-owned business in Towson. Prior, Katherine worked in investment management and was part of the family real estate business. One of Pinkard Properties' latest projects is the development of several turf athletic fields in the area, available for lease to the public. Typically, turf athletic fields are owned by the county and/or schools and are limited in number and accessibility. Katherine described her latest project as a way for the private sector to gain access to the fields by leasing time and space and has local projects in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County.

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