Phi­lan­thropy Day to cel­e­brate Hall of Fame in­ductees

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The 2016 Phi­lan­thropy Hall of Fame in­ductees will be hon­ored at the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Southern Mary­land 11th an­nual Phi­lan­thropy Day Lun­cheon, “Cel­e­brat­ing Busi­ness Phi­lan­thropy In Southern Mary­land,” 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Fri­day, Nov. 4, at the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

When asked, the com­mu­nity re­sponded with nom­i­na­tions of busi­nesses who give back in ex­tra­or­di­nary ways. This year’s in­ductees are Eric Franklin (ERIMAX Inc. & Eric Franklin En­tre­pre­neur­ial Ac­cel­ere­tor), Joseph “Bubby” Knott (Great Mills Trad­ing Post) and Keith Grasso (Is­land Music Com­pany).

Franklin, of Calvert County, is the CEO of ERIMAX Inc., an in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and ac­qui­si­tion man­age­ment com­pany he founded 15 years ago, that pro­vide ser­vices to more than 20 fed­eral agen­cies in nine states across the na­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the nom­ina- tion sub­mit­ted on be­half of Franklin, he also founded Eric Franklin En­tre­pre­neur­ial Ac­cel­er­a­tor, a phil­an­thropic ef­fort, tar­geted to sup­port en­tre­pre­neur­ial and de­vel­op­ment, busi­ness start-up and growth in the Southern Mary­land re­gion for youth and adults. Franklin has more than a decade of vol­un­teer com­mu­nity ser vice, in­vest­ment and phi­lan­thropy and has pro­vided board lead­er­ship and ser­vice for Calvert Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal, Lead­er­ship Mary­land, Calvert Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, Southern Mary­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Calvert County Mi­nor­ity Busi­ness Al­liance and more.

Joseph “Bubby” Knott of Great Mills Trad­ing Post, founded the Trad­ing Post in 1970 as a gen­eral con­struc­tion and ex­ca­vat­ing, as­phalt and con­crete pav­ing, truck and equip­ment sales, and ag­gre­gate ma­te­rial sales busi­nesses. The com­pany also pro­vides util­ity in­stal­la­tion, and res­i­den­tial ash­palt and con­crete ser­vices; and as­phalt and con­crete, fill dirt, top­soil, bank run and gravel, and con­struc­tion sand re­cy­cling ser­vices. Knott is in­volved in nu­mer­ous non­prof­its and is the host of many non­profit events at his fam­ily farm, lo­cated on Flat Iron Farm, where he hosts a large light dis­play and Christ­mas mar­ket dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son for the com­mu­nity to en­joy.

Keith Grasso, of Charles County, owns and runs Is­land Music Com­pany, a nearly 10-year-old one-stop shop music sup­ply store lo­cated in La Plata. Grasso is a mem­ber of many or­ga­ni­za­tions and gives back through time and trea­sure to Charles County Pub­lic Schools, Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, the Town of La Plata, lo­cal food banks, and other non­prof­its.

In ad­di­tion to this year’s in­ductees, the foun­da­tion is rec­og­niz­ing the fol­low­ing busi­nesses as Honor­able Men­tions for their phil­an­thropic ex­cel­lence: Aist & As­so­ciates/Dud­ley Aist & As­so­ciates; Sage Point Se­nior Liv­ing Ser­vices; Sneades Ace Home Cen­ter; Pri­mary Res­i­den­tial Mort­gage In­cor­po­rated; and The Wel­burn Or­ga­ni­za­tion — McDon­ald’s.

At this an­nual lun­cheon, the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Southern Mary­land hon­ors and rec­og­nizes in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and cor­po­ra­tions who have given back to the com­mu­nity in ex­tra­or­di­nary ways. This year’s theme is “Cel­e­brat­ing Busi­ness Phi­lan­thropy In Southern Mary­land” and the key­note speaker is Michael L. Mid­dle­ton, chair­man of the board of Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake and one of the found­ing board mem- bers of the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Southern Mary­land.

The pub­lic is wel­comed to join this an­nual celebration. Tick­ets are $40 per per­son and reser­va­tions will be ac­cepted un­til Oct. 28. To pur­chase a ticket or spon­sor­ship on­line, go to www.somd­giv­ing.org. To pay by check, send to: CFSOMD, P.O. Box 716, Char­lotte Hall, MD 20622. For more in­for­ma­tion about the key­note speaker, spon­sor­ship lev­els, and a com­plete list of an­nual award re­cip­i­ents, go to www.somd­giv­ing.org.

Chick-Fil-A to col­lect shoe­boxes for chil­dren in need

Charles County Chick­Fil-A restau­rants will serve as col­lec­tion sites for Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child, a project of Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse, that sends mil­lions of gift-filled shoe­boxes to chil­dren liv­ing in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions around the world.

Any­one who drops off a shoe­box filled with small items such as school sup­plies, toys and hy­giene items on Nov. 8 will re­ceive a coupon for a free Chick-Fil-A sand­wich. Empty shoe­boxes can be picked up from vol­un­teers from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Tues­day, Nov. 1, and filled boxes may be dropped off on Tues­day, Nov. 8.

After Nov. 8, par­tic­i­pants can drop off ad­di­tional shoe­box gifts at one of the many area drop-off cen­ters dur­ing Na­tional Col­lec­tion Week, Nov. 14-21. To find the near­est drop-off sites, go to samar­i­tanspurse. org/occ.

The fol­low­ing Chick­Fil-A lo­ca­tions will ac­cept drop-offs:

• Chick-Fil-A Wal­dorf, 3365 Crain Hwy., Wal­dorf;

• Chick-Fil-A Brandy­wine, 16003 Crain Hwy., Brandy­wine; and

• Chick-Fil-A La Plata, 107 Drury Drive, La Plata.

Am­a­teur ra­dio li­cense ex­ams to be con­ducted Nov. 12

The Charles County Am­a­teur Ra­dio Club will be of­fer­ing free am­a­teur ra­dio li­cense ex­ams. The tests will be con­ducted 9:30 a.m. Satur­day, Nov. 12 at the Wal­dorf West Li­brary, 10405 O’Don­nell Place. Walk-in ap­pli­cants are ac­cepted but pre-reg- is­tra­tion is pre­ferred. Reg­is­ter by click­ing the “Ham Li­cense Ex­ams” but­ton at http://k3smd.or­gor call 301-503-4706. Tests for all lev­els of am­a­teur ra­dio li­cense will be avail­able.

Li­braries to hold do­na­tion pro­gram

Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary an­nounces that it will be run­ning a “Food for Fines” pro­gram Mon­day, Nov. 14 through Satur­day Nov., 19. All four branches will be ac­cept­ing do­na­tions of non-per­ish­able food and per­sonal hy­giene sup­plies. Each item will equal $1 waived fines. Food must be within ex­pi­ra­tion date and clearly la­beled. There is no limit on how much can be waived per ac­count, how­ever Col­lec­tion Agency fees can­not be waived. Pa­trons may turn in their items at their branch’s check out desk. All items will be do­nated to the Southern Mary­land Food Bank. For more in­for­ma­tion, call your lo­cal branch:

• La Plata, 301-9349001;

• P.D. Brown Memo­rial, 301-645-2864;

• Po­tomac, 301-3757375; and

• Wal­dorf West, 301645-1395.

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