Sup­port for Friends of the Poor Walk makes dif­fer­ence in the lives of many

The Enterprise - - Community Forum -

The 11th an­nual Friends of the Poor Walk was held Sept. 29. Thanks to your help and gen­er­ous sup­port, the walk raised over $17,000 for the St. Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­eties in St. Mary’s County. The money raised stays here to be used for di­rect and im­me­di­ate aid to those in need.

We would like to thank the fol­low­ing in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses for their sup­port:

Gold Spon­sors were St. Mary’s Nurs­ing and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter; Martin’s Auto Tech; 84 Lum­ber; Chick-fil-A; Ch­e­sa­peake Cus­tom Em­broi­dery & Screen Print­ing; Wil­liam J. Fitzger­ald; Leonard­town Knights of Colum­bus; Town Clean­ers; Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land; Bruster’s Real Ice Cream; Print­ing Press; SMECO; Par­lett Af­fil­i­ated Com­pa­nies LLC; The Baynet; Chaney En­ter­prises; ADF Bingo; Del. Matt Mor­gan (R-St. Mary’s); Dr. Joyce Neal; and Del. Deb Rey (R-St. Mary’s).

Sil­ver Spon­sors were Anne and Ernie Bell; Burch Oil; Du­gan, McKis­sick and Long­more; JP Wa­then’s Plumb­ing; Wa­then’s Elec­tric; David’s Flow­ers; Ridgell Oil; Toy­ota of South­ern Mary­land; Mar­garet Barn­stead; and Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake.

Bronze Spon­sors were Hol­ly­wood Lions Club; Wells Fargo Ad­viser’s Fi­nan­cial Net­work-Steve Richard­son; IC An­gels Ladies Aux­il­iary; Knights of Colum­bus Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Coun­cil 8159; Leonard­town Vol­un­teer Res­cue Squad Aux­il­iary; Patux­ent Den­tal; Ea­gle Sys­tems; In­ter­na­tional Bev­er­age & Deli; Dorsey Law Firm; Shadow Ob­jects LLC; Pizza Hot­line; B&B Main­te­nance of Md.; Dis­tad’s Amer­i­can Ser­vices Inc.; Metro Restau­rant & Jan­i­to­rial Sup­plies; and Drs. Vergh­ese and Ling.

Dona­tions came from Rose Miller, Dunkin Donuts, Tay­lor Gas Com­pany, Me­chan­icsville Build­ing Sup­ply, Au­man Au­to­mo­tive, Glo­ria Ramos, JS En­ter­prises of Md. (Qual­ity Au­to­body), Dyson’s Lum­ber Com­pany Inc. and Dee’s Shear Per­fec­tion.

Door prizes were do­nated by Heav­enly Presents, Hong Kong Buf­fet, Leonard­town Old Towne Pub, Ledo Pizza, Peggy Gray, Good Earth Nat­u­ral Foods, Salsa’s Mex­i­can Café, Bar­bara Brown, Tr­ish Lea-Cen­tury 21 New Mil­len­nium. Foxy Fish, Gat­ton’s Bar­ber Shop, All About Beads and Games, The Rex, Cool Beanze Cof­fee, Frances Di­cus and The Leonard­town Grille.

Silent auc­tion bas­kets were do­nated by Blair’s Jew­elry & Gifts, Star­buck’s, Halo Hair Care Stu­dio, G&H Jew­elry, Kathy and Tim Miller, Ellen John­son, Ladies of Char­ity, St. Aloy­sius Church, Sue John­son, Parish Pas­toral Coun­cil of St. Aloy­sius Church, Ju­lia Goyco, Tide­wa­ter Phar­macy, Joan Goyco, Dyson Lum­ber Co., Laun­dro Mutts Pet Groom­ing, South­ern Mary­land Stat­u­ary, Kevin’s Cor­ner Kafe and Kona Ice (Chuck Ja­cobs).

We would like to ac­knowl­edge and thank the fol­low­ing in­di­vid­u­als: Jimmy Di­cus, Jamie Thomas and Kevin Cain for their help and sup­port every year. Thank you to Fa­ther An­drew White School and the Rev. David Beaubien for al­low­ing us to hold the walk at the school. Thank you to Emily Be­langer for or­ga­niz­ing a fab­u­lous brunch and to the Ladies of Char­ity at St. Aloy­sius Church for serv­ing. Thank you to Mickey Ramos, Frank Wicker, Den­nis Lo­gan and Jimmy Z. Strine for pro­vid­ing the mu­sic. Thanks to the Leonard­town Vol­un­teer Res­cue Squad for be­ing there in an event of an emer­gency and to Health Con­nec­tions from Med­Star St. Mary’s Hos­pi­tal. Thanks to Wal­ter John­son, Glo­ria Ramos, Peggy and Matt Me­nard, Vicki and John Wenke, Kathy and Tim Miller, Ellen John­son, Karen O’Con­nor, Rose Miller, Sarah Nor­ris, Leonard­town Knights of Colum­bus, Mike McCauley and Scott Be­langer for their help.

Thanks to Ernie Bell, who ar­ranged to have the Old Jail Mu­seum on Court­house Drive open for walk­ers to visit.

Thank you to John Wenke for be­ing mas­ter of cer­e­monies. Lastly, thank you to all of our won­der­ful vol­un­teers who helped out on walk day and to the hun­dreds of walk­ers who make this walk a suc­cess. You are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of many.

Patty Be­langer, Hol­ly­wood Joan Goyco, Leonard­town The writ­ers are co-chairs of the Friends of the Poor Walk.

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