Carroll County Times

Chamber of Commerce hosts Taste of the Town

Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce, whose mottos are "Work Live Thrive" and "A Community of Opportunity," sponsored a fun, enjoyable and successful fun(d) raising "Taste of the Town" food showcase and silent auction event at Hannah More School, located in Reisterstown.

The slogan for this event was "Feed Yourself & Feed the Hungry." A portion of the proceeds from this fun(d)-raising event will benefit the Reisterstown Community Crisis Center, a non-profit human service organization dedicated to the prevention of homelessness for residents of Reisterstown, Owings Mills and Glyndon through the provision of emergency food items, personal hygiene products, school supplies, career clothing, financial literacy and monthly grants for eviction-prevention and utility assistance.

Dr. Ed Hartman is executive director of this Community Crisis Center.

If you would like to mail a tax deductible contribution to this Community Crisis Center, their address is 725 Main Street, P.O. Box 526, Reisterstown, Md., 21136. Phone number is 410-526-7111. For more info, their web site is http://www.Communi

Back to "Taste of the Town!" The many generous participants included Buffalo Wild Wings, FutureCare Cherrywood, Mr. Charles Market Catering, Sofi's Crepes, Hannah More School, Forbush School at Glyndon, El Paraiso, Santoni's Marketplace & Catering, The Big Bean Theory, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Icedgems Baking, Winner Distributing Company, Noodles & Company, Grill at Harryman House, Illano's J & P Restaurant, Gourmet Girls and Cherryvale Liquors. Thank you Henry Benesch, assisting at the registration sign-in table.

Mega thanks all of the above, for your sharing involvement that made for the success of this event! You all were sincerely appreciated by everyone! A fab assortment of silent auction items was also available!

Among the many revelers were Carol and Gil Davis, Janice and Len Byers, Bobby Mez, Bonnie and Howard Heneson and others too numerable to list due to space limitations.

This Chamber of Commerce was founded 63 years ago, in 1949, to promote the economic development of the northwest corridor. There are member benefits and great opportunities for member networking.

Brian DeLeonardo is the very dedicated president, Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce, Brian Ditto is the Chambers very efficient executive director. Thank you Jerry Benesch, book-keeper.

For more info regarding Reisterstown/Owings Mills/Glyndon Chamber of Commerce, call 410-702-7075. The Chambers web site is

"Festival of Trees 2012"

Kennedy Krieger Institute is celebrating its mega successful annual "Festival of Trees." The venue for this three day wonderland event was our Maryland State Fairgrounds. This very special Kennedy Krieger holiday fun(d) raising event is the largest holiday themed festival on the East Coast!

There were approximately 282 different themed unique trees with all types of imaginative designs! And, they were all for sale!

The beautifully decorated trees varied in size from seven-foot trees to miniature two-foot trees. They included decorative wreaths and creative gingerbread items.

Statistically, there were 153 seven ft. trees; 53 four ft. trees and 76 two ft. trees; 222 beautifully decorative wreaths and 76 unique gingerbread houses, castles, etc. As an added bonus, there were many auction items, and 179 merchandise vendors selling everything imaginable!

Dr. and Mrs. William (Bill) J. Toomey, II, did a great job co-chairing this very exciting successful holiday event.

Their equally-dedicated committee members included Eileen Chiat, Susi Sileski, Linsay Caldwell, Theresa Macheski, Amber Weiner, Jennifer Burke, Brian Johnson, Elise Welker, Dara Schnee, Cathy Schreiner and Ted Van Sant.

The silent auction committee also did a great job: Debbie Abrams, Rosellen Bloomberg, Rachel Bradley, Andrea DiGiacomo, Jill Eisner, Leslie Goldberg, Jessica Kartalija, Michael Mattheu, Sarah Mogol, Jill Mull, Patti Neumann, Laura Rosenfield, Brooke Rottman, Ruthie Silver, Lisa Stoler and Andrea Suchin.

Mega thanks to title sponsor BB&T, Fandango for their creativity, additional sponsors, all the behind the scene participants, tree, wreath and gingerbread contributors, auction contributors, Kennedy Krieger staffers, committee, marketplace merchants, attendees/purchasers and many volunteers to this exciting holiday event making it successful again!

Special thanks Jennifer Burke for keeping this columnist updated!

Gary Goldstein, is the top notch president, Kennedy Krieger Institute. Laine LeBow Sachs the efficient executive vice president commented, "This year's event was a great success! Festival of Trees is our largest fundraiser and all the money raised will help the more than 18,000 children we serve here at the institute."

Last year fun(d) raising totaled $1 million to benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute. The overall goal this year was to surpass last year! And, they did, surpassing last years goal fun(d)raising $1.1 million dollars this year! Fantabulous! It was a lot of work by everyone involved. Beneficiaries were the children and the young adolescents involved with the Kennedy Krieger Institute!

Kennedy Krieger Institute, since 1937 (75 years), is internationally known and recognized for improving the lives of children and young adults with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. The Kennedy Krieger Institute located in Baltimore serves more than 18,000 individuals every year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children and young adults with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are scientifically contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis.

Areas of specialization includes autism spectrum disorders, behavioral disorders, brain injury, cerebral palsy, developmental disorders, Down syndrome, feeding disorders, learning disorders, muscular dystrophy, Osteogenesis imperfecta, seizure disorders, spina bifida, spinal cord injury and paralysis and Sturge-Weber syndrome.

Note: There are approximately 666,000 people in Maryland over the age of five who have a form of disability. Over a billion people worldwide live with some form of disability. More than 250 causes of developmental disabilities have been discovered, but these account for only one-fourth of the causes. Some people may have non-visible disabilities that include pulmonary disease, respiratory disorders, epilepsy and other limiting conditions.

For more info call 888-554-2080 or visit Kennedy Krieger online at