Public in­vited to con­cert se­ries fea­tur­ing stu­dents

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Charles County Gov­ern­ment in­vites the public to the up­com­ing Lunch Time Con­cert Se­ries on Thurs­day, Dec. 15, from noon-1 p.m. at the Charles County Gov­ern­ment Build­ing, 200 Bal­ti­more Street, La Plata, in the com­mis­sion­ers’ meet­ing room.

The con­cert will show­case Mau­rice J. McDonough High School’s “Madri­gal Lords and Ladies,” a group of 20 a cap­pella singers. The Lunch Time Con­cert Se­ries of­fers county em­ploy­ees the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy their lunch while lis­ten­ing to a live con­cert. Lunch is not pro­vided, but you are wel­come to bring your lunch to the con­cert.

Those who would like to per­form dur­ing the Lunch Time Con­cert Se­ries can con­tact Kim Pel­czar at 301-6450563 or at Pel­czarK@CharlesCoun­ Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Do­na­tions sought for ‘Fill the Fire Truck’ food drive

The Charles County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices, in part­ner­ship with the Charles County Vol­un­teer Fire and Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tions, is now ac­cept­ing do­na­tions of canned goods and other non-per­ish­able food items on be­half of the South­ern Mary­land Food Bank. Do­nated items can be dropped off at the Charles County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices, 10425 Audie Lane, La Plata, or any one of the 18 par­tic­i­pat­ing vol­un­teer fire and EMS sta­tions within the county. Go to www.CharlesCoun­­un­teer-fire­and-ems for the lo­ca­tion near­est you.

The “Fill the Fire Truck” food drive will con­clude on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 21.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Bill Smith, Vol­un­teer Fire/EMS Co­or­di­na­tor at 301-9343581, or Sandy Filer, As­sis­tant to the Di­rec­tor, at 301-609-3401. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mar yland Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800735-2258.

CSM on­line giv­ing day ex­ceeds goals

Two hun­dred and seventy one donors re­sponded to the CSM Foun­da­tion’s public launch of its $10-mil­lion “Make An Im­pact” cam­paign, cel­e­brated at all three cam­puses on CSM’s fifth an­nual ob­ser­va­tion of Giv­ing Tues­day. The public launch gar­nered $70,152 in do­na­tions, which was nearly dou­ble the $36,424 raised last year from 163 donors. The cam­paign, “Make An Im­pact: In­vest To­day to Trans­form To­mor­row,” aims to raise $10 mil­lion by 2018, when the col­lege will cel­e­brate its 60th an­niver­sary. The cam­paign will ben­e­fit three ar­eas — schol­ar­ships, pro­grams/facil- ities and en­tre­pre­neur part­ner­ships.

Tra­di­tion­ally, Giv­ing Tues­day fol­lows Black Fri­day, Small Busi­ness Satur­day and Cy­ber Mon­day as an op­por­tu­nity to em­pha­size phi­lan­thropy after those days of fren­zied con­sumerism. This year’s Giv­ing Tues­day in­cluded cel­e­bra­tions held at each cam­pus, at which CSM Foun­da­tion di­rec­tors, col­lege em­ploy­ees and stu­dents as­sisted in the Nov. 29 public launch of the cam­paign. Do­na­tions made dur­ing CSM’s 24-hour on­line Giv­ing Tues­day event of Im­pact Tues­day were di­rected to sev­eral ini­tia­tives to in­spire, in­flu­ence or in­no­vate in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing schol­ar­ships to help stu­dents af­ford de­gree pro­grams and ca­reer and trades pro­grams as well as sup­port for the arts, ath­let­ics, the St. Charles Chil­dren’s Learn­ing Cen­ter at CSM, the Cen­ter for Trades and En­ergy Train­ing, En­tre­pre­neur and In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute, and STEM.

More than a dozen stu­dents who have ben­e­fited from schol­ar­ships, one of the ar­eas des­ig­nated for the do­nated funds, at­tended the cam­pus cel­e­bra­tions, in­clud­ing Bradley Bears of Wal­dorf, a sec­ond-year ac­count­ing stu­dent at CSM, who said he sup­ported the cam­paign so as “to help the peo­ple com­ing [to CSM] after me.”

Be­yond col­lect­ing do­na­tions, CSM De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor Chelsea Brown ex­plained the Giv­ing Tues­day goal was to in­volve at least 200 donors in the Nov. 29 event, and it was de­signed to en­cour­age even very small do­na­tions, so that ev­ery mem­ber of the com­mu­nity could in­vest in the cam­paign.

Linda Cox, a di­rec­tor with the CSM Foun­da­tion and a mem­ber of the first grad­u­at­ing class at the cur­rent La Plata Cam­pus, along with her niece and CSM alumna, Lisa Case, helped staff the event and pro­moted the Cox Fam­ily Memo­rial En­dowed Schol­ar­ship, one of many match­ing schol­ar­ship funds par­tic­i­pat­ing in the drive. The Cox fam­ily schol­ar­ship was started in 1991 ini­tially in honor of Linda’s mother-in-law and later her hus­band, Don­ald; Lisa’s mother, Mar­i­lyn; and a brother-in-law, John Cox.

Through the CSM Foun­da­tion’s early ef­forts and with sup­port from CSM’s clos­est sup­port­ers, more than $7 mil­lion to­ward the $10 mil­lion goal have been raised. All funds raised in the on­go­ing cam­paign will go to­ward three ini­tia­tives de­signed to help the col­lege grow and main­tain its af­ford­able, high-qual­ity pro­grams for the fu­ture. The $10 mil­lion cam­paign will pro­vide fund­ing to: In­spire: Schol­ar­ships with a Pur­pose with a goal of $5 mil­lion; In­flu­ence: Trans­for­ma­tive Pro­grams, Tech­nol­ogy and Fa­cil­i­ties with a goal of $3 mil­lion; and In­no­vate: CSM En­tre­pre­neur, In­no­va­tion and Part­ner­ships with a goal of $2 mil­lion. Each dol­lar con­trib­uted dur­ing the cam­paign will be used to as­sist CSM in its goal to trans­form the fu­ture of South­ern Mary­land through higher ed­u­ca­tion.

To learn more about the “Make An Im­pact” cam­paign, go to To learn about the IM­PACT ini­tia­tives, nam­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and more, go to http:// im­ or call the CSM Foun­da­tion at 301-934-7649.

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