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September was a great month for ribbon-cutting celebrations. Our first was the open house and ribbon-cutting celebrating Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi’s 22 years of successful business. Owners Billy and Nancy Greer welcomed close to 100 people who attended, and they talked about their story and how they give back to the community through fundraising. Also in attendance were 10 nonprofits distributing literature and raising awareness at the event.
Another ribbon-cutting/open house celebrated the three-year anniversary of the Life of Joy Foundation. Joy Cortina started the foundation for personal reasons, and with the help of dedicated volunteers and businesses, has grown to nurture mental wellness and prevent suicide by serving as a link to integrative care of mind, body and spirit, and as advocates with their collaborative network of resources, community engagement and cost assistance programs. The celebration was held at the Severna Park Community Center.
The last ribbon-cutting/open house was held at Nature Junction, formerly the Wild Bird Center in Severna Park. Owner Kim Stagi grew up with a love of birds and nature and has created a business that provides high-quality products and information on birding and wildlife, while promoting the conservation of nature in every community and backyard.
We participated in a multi-chamber end-of-summer bash at the beautiful Walden Country Club in Crofton. All of the chambers in Anne Arundel County participated, and funds were raised through a cornhole tournament for the Life of Joy Foundation.
Our Successful Women in Business group held a luncheon at the new Taichi Bubble Tea spot in Severna Park. The restaurant is beautiful and features a life-size cherry blossom tree that the owner created by hand. Owner Amy Chen told us how she immigrated from China to the U.S. and through hard work opened her first business in Annapolis with her husband. They plan to expand to Crofton later in the year.
Our monthly wellness committee meeting featured Carrie Baquie,’ a chronic illness coach. Carrie shared the best practices on how to get the most out of your medical visits.
Due to popular demand, we hosted one last cookout at the chamber. The TGIF “Endless Summer” Cookout was sponsored by Robin Torrence of ATG Title, and as always, it was well-attended.
Finally, it would not be a September without our annual Driving Force for Business golf tournament. This sold-out event was held at the gorgeous Chartwell Golf and Country Club, and the presenting sponsor was Live! Casino and Hotel. Eagle sponsors were Chick-fil-A Severna Park, Alexander Animal Hospital, Moran Insurance, Rosso Commercial Real Estate, Fellner Legal Services, Steak ‘n Shake Millersville and SERVPRO Annapolis/Severna Park. Hospitality tent sponsors were Sandy Spring Bank, the Matt Wyble Team of Century 21 New Millennium, and Passanante’s Home Food Services. The hot dogs were sponsored by Garry’s Grill. The publication sponsor was What’s Up? Media. The beverage carts were sponsored by Abode Title and Escrow and Cassilly Financial Services. Brightview Severna Park and the Bank of Glen Burnie sponsored snacks. The photographer was sponsored by Barranco Funeral and Cremation Services. Ravens Hole was sponsored by M&T Bank and the hole-in-one by Wilkins Buick. Landmark Roofing sponsored the pro shot, with donations going to the Wellness House in Annapolis. The Severna Park Community Center and Severna Park Lanes were the tee sponsors.
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