Double-Tree by Hilton in Pikesville, a full-service upscale hotel that recently had $1 million in attractive up-to-date modern renovations, was the lovely venue for the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce's "Charter Night 2013," celebrating the Chamber's hometown heroes!
The Chamber, a friendly, fun social-organization of business men and women, enjoyed an evening of friendship and camaraderie, and gave special tribute to extra special local "heroes" including:
Dr. Ed Hartman, executive director, Community Crisis Center
Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company celebrating their 100th year of service to their community.
Franklin Police Department for their outstanding service.
Community Crisis Center
The Community Crisis Center serves men, women and children in the Reisterstown, Owings Mills, Glyndon area that are less fortunate and in need of all types of assistance.
God bless this Crisis Center that, with a mere budget of $98,000, provides food, clothing and housing for people down on their luck. They also provide monetary assistance, helping people prevent homelessness.
Last year 926 adults and 1,086 children younger than 18 benefited from this life-saving Center. Approximately 15,900 pounds of food was provided.
Note: Food was also purchased from the Food Bank to stock the Crisis Center pantry.
Gargantuan thanks to community members, merchants, as well as Baltimore County who, through grants, assisted with contributions, helping people in need. Also needed are personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste.
If you would like to make a contribution to this very vital, important and necessary Crisis Center, please mail your tax deductible check to 725 Main Street, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136. This columnist and the Crisis Center thanks you in advance for any assistance you can provide!
Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company
Michelle Crimbacker, president, accepted the award on behalf of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company, celebrating its 100th year of service.
Franklin Police Department
Captain Matthew McElwee accepted this recognition with sincere appreciation. He also acknowledged outstanding officer Lt. Steve Doarnberger, retiring after 37 years with Baltimore County Police Department. Doarnberger, an outstanding officer and a very commendable man, has also been involved as a volunteer with many activities worthy of praise. An outstanding officer, he will be immensely missed by everyone. This columnist also extends her high respect and wishes Steve good health, happiness and enjoyment of his future on his retirement!
Special thank you to both Alice Reid, who gave the lovely meaningful invocation prior to dinner and Jerry Benesch, the very helpful Chamber office volunteer who is very appreciated!
Additionally Brian DeLeonardo, Chamber board chair, presented "Unsung Hero" awards to Marie Anoriscat and Dave Davolos.
County council-woman Vicki Almond and Tony Baysmore on behalf of County executive Kevin Kamenetz, presented all the "heroes" with prestigious proclamations to forever remember and cherish.
The very efficient and dedicated Rachel Heird, a past president of the Chamber, with equally efficient and dedicated Kirsten Beck and Jennifer Terrell, co-chaired this very successful and enjoyable Charter Night event.
Their very helpful committee included Tom D'Agostino, Shane Griffith, Bonnie Link, Sally Shapiro, Ryan Dudash, Lexi Shaffer, Marla Bosley, Rob Canady and Marie Anoriscat.
Kirsten Beck designed the practical and attractive table centerpieces. Thanks Kirsten!
Thank you also, Ryan Dudash, event photog.
Note: Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce welcomes Colleen Brady, the organization's new efficient president!
Chamber executive committee includes Brian DeLeonardo, board chair; Tom Custance, 1st vice president; Lyle Montanye, 2nd vice president; Kristen Beck, secretary; Jennifer Terrell, assistant secretary; Alice Reid, treasurer.
Rachel Heird is immediate past president; Ryan Cole, membership chair.
The Chambers board of directors include Steve Jenkins, Irwin Kramer, Sally Shapiro, Barry Willen, Marla Bosley, Jim Flower, Dr. Howard Lipman, Leo Myers, Joe Schonfeld, Marie Anoriscat, Glenn Barnes, Rob Canady, Bonnie Link, Jay Simmonds.
Platinum Corporate Partner Directors include Ryan Dudash, representing Susquehanna Bank; Gina Frankel representing T. Rowe Price; Jennifer Terrell, representing Northwest Hospital/Life Bridge Health; Jim O'Hare, representing Toyota Financial Services.
In addition to above listed also among the many "Charter Night" revelers Helen Hartman, Carol and Gil Davis, Lynda Wilner, Bob Murray, John Wright, David Ash, Arlene and Jay Burman, Terry Chaney, Eddie Compton-Little, Johanne Dolan, John Lippens, Lori Baylin, Essie Cohen, Sarah Mallonga, Shepard Solomon, Shane Griffith, Joanne Ditto, Kerri Archibald plus many others too numerable to list due to space limitations.
At the culmination of this very meaningful and successful "Charter Night 2013," a $2,000 check was presented to Dr. Ed Hartman, executive director, Community Crisis Center!
Again, kudos, Nick Mangione, Double-Tree by Hilton, Pikesville for updating this columnist regarding the complete new renovations everywhere including paint, carpeting, drapes, room renovations including top of the line television plus a safe deposit box in every room for safe-keeping of valuables.
Congrats Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce for a successful year and welcome to their new president Colleen Brady.