Nottingham's to hold benefit for slain man's family


Nottingham's, an upscale billiards parlor in east Columbia, is sponsoring a benefit concert tomorrow night for the family of an employee's brother, one of five people slain in a Potomac house in July.

Nottingham's hopes to raise several thousand dollars for Maggie Aldridge of Silver Spring and her infant daughter. Markie was born just two weeks after Ms. Aldridge's 30-year-old husband, Mark, was murdered along with four residents of the house he was hired to paint.

Montgomery County police have charged a handyman hired by Mr. Aldridge with the July 20 murders.

Mr. Aldridge's sister, Krista Aldridge, 33, of Ellicott City, has worked as a bartender at Nottingham's for the past year. She said the money raised will go toward educational funds for Markie and Mr. Aldridge's 7-year-old son from a previous marriage, Kyle.

The money will also help the family get through a difficult financial period, she said. A family fund has been established at Calvary Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, where the couple were married just over one year ago.

Mr. Aldridge, a home improvement contractor, didn't carry life insurance, and his wife was just finishing beauty school when the slaying occurred, said Krista Aldridge.

"He was busting his butt just to pay bills," she said. "It hurts for us that we can't see him again and that he never got to see his little girl. [Maggie] is being strong with the baby and with the money coming in, financial-wise I think she'll be OK."

Krista Aldridge said the Mark Aldridge Memorial Benefit Concert was the idea of Nottingham's owners.

"It really makes you feel good," she said, to know that the owners were doing this to help her family, not to draw business. "We're very busy here. Sometimes we can't fit people in the door. It's just from the kindness of their hearts."

Nottingham's manager, Mark Steckbeck, said the 3-year-old billiard parlor's employees and patrons, and local businesses have supported the cause.

Mr. Steckbeck said the parlor's managers wanted to help the Aldridge family through a difficult time financially and emotionally. "You can still see it in [Krista's] face," Mr. Steckbeck said. "It's going to take a lot of time."

The concert begins at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the billiard parlor, 8850 Stanford Blvd., in an office park off Snowden River Parkway. It will feature Baltimore-area and Montgomery County bands, including members of The Sway and The Pawns, Red Line, Don't Stop and Faded Image. In addition, 9 Volt Rizzo, a band of Nottingham employees, will be making its debut.

Nottingham's is raising money through a $5 cover charge, donations and a raffle featuring prizes from local businesses.

Contributions can be sent to the Aldridge Family Memorial Fund, Calvary Lutheran Church, 9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring 20910.

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