Grasso in­ducted into re­gion’s Phi­lan­thropy Hall of Fame

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The Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land an­nounced the 2016 Phi­lan­thropy Hall of Fame in­ductees to be hon­ored at its 11th an­nual Phi­lan­thropy Day Lun­cheon, “Cel­e­brat­ing Busi­ness Phi­lan­thropy In South­ern Mary­land.”

Gretchen Hard­man, the foun- da­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said in a news re­lease that “giv­ing back is good for busi­ness” so the or­ga­ni­za­tions de­cided to high­light lo­cal busi­nesses at this year’s lun­cheon. The in­ductees to be rec­og­nized at the event are Eric Franklin, Joseph “Bubby” Knott and Keith Grasso.

Eric Franklin of Calvert County is the CEO of ERI- MAX, Inc., an in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and ac­qui­si­tion man­age­ment com­pany he founded 15 years ago. Ac­cord­ing to the nom­i­na­tion sub­mit­ted on his be­half, Franklin also founded, Eric Franklin En­tre­pre­neur­ial Ac­cel­er­a­tor, a phil­an­thropic ef­fort, tar­geted to sup­port en­trepreneur­ship, busi­ness start-ups and growth in the South­ern Mary­land re­gion.

He has also pro­vided board lead­er­ship and ser­vice at Calvert Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal, Lead­er­ship Mary­land, Calvert Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, South­ern Mary­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Calvert County Mi­nor­ity Busi­ness Al­liance.

Joseph “Bubby” Knott founded the Great Mills Trad­ing Post in 1970 as a gen­eral con­struc­tion, ex­ca­vat­ing, as­phalt, con­crete paving, truck and equip­ment sales, and ag­gre­gate ma­te­rial sales busi­ness. Bubby is in­volved in nu­mer­ous non­prof­its and is the host of many non­profit events at his fam­ily’s farm. The gen­eral com­mu­nity knows Bubby best for his hol­i­day light dis­play and Christ­mas mar­ket.

Keith Grasso of Charles County, owns and runs Is­land Mu­sic Com­pany in La Plata, a nearly ten year old one-stop shop mu­sic sup­ply store. Ac­cord­ing to the nom­i­na­tion let­ter, “Keith’s pro­gres­sive ideas and for­ward vi­sion have changed LaPlata and Charles County, for the bet­ter.”

He is a mem­ber of count­less com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions and gives back through the Charles County Pub­lic Schools, Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, the Town of LaPlata and the lo­cal food banks

In ad­di­tion to this year’s in­ductees, busi­nesses rec­og­nized as Hon­or­able Men­tions are Aist & As­so­ciates/Dud­ley Aist & As­so­ciates, Sage Point Se­nior Liv­ing Ser­vices, Sneades Ace Home Cen­ter, Pri­mary Res­i­den­tial Mort­gage In­cor­po­rated and The Wel­burn Or­ga­ni­za­tion — McDon­ald’s.

The lun­cheon’s key­note speaker is Michael L. Mid­dle­ton, chair­man of the board of Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake and one of the found­ing board mem­bers of the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land.

The event is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, Fri­day, Nov. 4, at the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

Keith Grasso

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