Non­profit gets boost for its Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val

Group helps peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By TAMMY SHOWALTER tshowal­[email protected]­news.com

South­ern Mary­land Com­mu­nity Re­sources, which de­vel­ops in­clu­sive pro­grams for cit­i­zens with de­vel­op­men­tal dif­fer­ences, is part­ner­ing with Cedar Point Fed­eral Credit Union for the third con­sec­u­tive year to sup­port the Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val fundrais­ing event.

Cedar Point an­nounced last week that it would once again spon­sor the Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val, which is held an­nu­ally in Solomons Is­land. Cedar Point CEO Char­lie Roach pre­sented a check for $10,000 on Fri­day to Bon­nie El­ward, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of SMCR, and mem­bers of the group’s bowl­ing team at Esper­anza Lanes in Lex­ing­ton Park.

“It’s such a won­der­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion and it’s for folks that some­times don’t get enough at­ten­tion,” Roach said. “We do have a team that com­petes [in the fes­ti­val] and we have a lot of fun do­ing that. We have a great time.”

Em­ploy­ees of Cedar Point joined in to form bowl­ing teams with ap­prox­i­mately 15 in at­ten­dance.

El­ward was pleased with the turnout and said the evening was about wel­com­ing the bank’s em­ploy­ees to join in and have a great night of fun.

“This is the third year they have spon­sored the event,” she said, “and I’d like to see other or­ga­ni­za­tions get in­volved as well.”

“We are so for­tu­nate to be in a po­si­tion to give back to our com­mu­nity in such a mean­ing­ful way,” Kristin Kauff­man, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor at Cedar Point, said. “Get­ting to meet the peo­ple who ben­e­fit from our spon­sor­ship re­ally means a lot to our em­ploy­ees. We are def­i­nitely on board to do this again.”

The Rev. Michael Wil­son of Our Lady Star of the Sea said the evening was en­joy­able.

“It’s nice to see a mix be­tween peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and peo­ple with­out dis­abil­i­ties, and get­ting them to­gether just breaks down those walls, so ev­ery­one’s com­fort­able to­gether. Good for Cedar Point,” he said.

The Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val is planned for Aug. 16 and 17. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact El­ward at 301-997-8143 or visit www.somdcr.org.

STAFF PHOTO BY TAMMY SHOWALTER

Cedar Point Fed­eral Credit Union do­nates $10,000 to South­ern Mary­land Com­mu­nity Re­sources and its Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val on Fri­day night at a Esper­anza Lanes, where the non­profit that helps peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties holds a monthly event. This is the third year the bank has spon­sored the fundrais­ing fes­ti­val.

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