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Philanthropy
“VA TUTTO BENE!”
August 2017
Like all well-worn catch phrases, hearing “va tutto bene” from one of the members of the Society of Italian American Businessmen (SIAB) elicits both the comfort of familiarity and the eye rolls of overuse. Broadly attributed to SIAB President Mark Dardozzi as its main purveyor, it’s become a defacto motto for the group of 50-plus members, a […]


How Scouting Helped Shape Baltimore’s Leading Executives
April 2017
“I attribute so many of the life-defining events in my life to Scouting. It taught me how to lead, and how to deal with and thrive during moments of uncertainty. It provided a model for what it means to be a gentleman and an upstanding member of society,” says Jonathan (Jack) W. Thayer, Senior EVP […]


Athena Leadership Award 2017
February 2017
  The ATHENA Leadership Award Breakfast will be held March 3 at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. Harford County is one of only three communities in the state of Maryland to host the event. “Honoring Harford County leaders who have achieved professional excellence and championed community engagement and women’s leadership development is a privilege for the Harford […]


One Family at a Time
June 2016
“We can change the future one family at a time,” says Joyce Duffy, CEO of Harford Family House.One can hear the passion in her voice as Duffy, a household name and somewhat of an icon in the non-profit world, describes the people whose lives she has touched and have touched hers. “Homeless families have the […]


Impacting Lives Together
February 2016
Most Americans are aware of the charitable endeavors of philanthropic titans such as Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, two business leaders who have made charitable giving a priority in their lives. And while these deeds by the super wealthy have had an amazing impact around the globe, it’s safe to say that most business people […]


A Playground for Kids and Adults
December 2015
The EPICENTER at Edgewood bills itself as a “hub of activity for kids and adults.” That’s certainly the case for the community members of all ages who attend programs and events in the spacious facility by the thousands. But if the EPICENTER is the hub, then Director David Woods may very well be the foundation, […]


Tough Love and Life Skills Lead to Recovery
October 2015
Walk into the rooms at the Homecoming Project, a halfway house for women overcoming addiction, and the décor is both relaxing and stylish. Gray sofas accented with brightly colored throw pillows complement dark wooden tables, and the bedrooms boast new linens, beds and roomy dressers. That’s thanks in part to IKEA, which chose the Homecoming […]


Everyone Deserves a Home
August 2015
“It takes a village to raise up a homeless family,” says Harford Family House Executive Director and CEO Joyce Duffy. For 26 years, Harford Family House has been bringing the village together to surround each homeless family it serves with the resources and support services needed to rise above homelessness and become contributing members of […]


Changing Children’s Lives
June 2015
More than a decade ago, Steve and Marlyn Gambrill knew they could be doing something more to reach children and families in need in Harford County. Their Christian faith propelled them to undertake mission trips and community outreach, but, says Steve, “There should be a way of growing these relationships and making a bigger impact.” […]


Leading by Example
April 2015
On March 6, community leaders gathered at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood for the HCC Women’s Leadership Breakfast and to hear who would be honored as this year’s ATHENA Award recipient, presented annually to a woman who exemplifies the highest level of personal and professional accomplishment, devotes time and energy to her community in a […]


STEM Heroes Honored
April 2015
The fourth annual Visionary Awards were presented Feb. 26 at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. Of the 16 honorees for these awards, half were from Aberdeen Proving Ground and half from industry, academia and non-profits. Since 2012, the Visionary Awards have been presented annually to exceptional individuals who meet the following criteria: remarkable people who […]


Meet Tomorrow’s Leaders
April 2015
Your future employee just might be heading over to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County to enjoy activities, the arts, sports, STEM programs and learn how to write a resume and interview for a job. For 25 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County has offered after-school and summer programs for children 6 to 18, including programs that expose them to different occupations.


A Lasting Legacy
February 2015
Virginia Morgan Dresher was the warmhearted creator of The Dresher Foundation, which she founded alongside her late husband James. Before his death in 1999, the couple had been married for 56 years. When spoken of, the words “kind,” “generous” and “warm” were used abundantly. In 1989, Dresher was the first board president of The Dresher […]


14th Annual ATHENA Award Women’s Leadership Breakfast
February 2015
  The 14th Annual ATHENA Award will be presented at the Professional Women’s Leadership Breakfast on March 6 at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. Over 20 women were nominated for the award this year; seven were selected as finalists. The 2015 Recipient will be announced at the event. Since 1999, the ATHENA Award has been […]


Sell-Out Crowd Dances the Night Away
February 2015
If attendance at the 7th annual Dancing for the Arts Gala is any indicator, Harford County residents are eager to see an arts center come to their community. The Gala, held Nov. 15, 2014, drew a sellout crowd, and along with the also sold-out dress rehearsal the night before, raised a net total of $100,000 […]


Harford County Library Gala
December 2014
More than 700 attendees looked on as Harford County Public Library CEO Mary Hastler announced a $100,000 pledge for Schooner Cove from APG Federal Credit Union. The announcement was made at “The Grand Tour: An Evening in the Stacks,” the annual library gala held Nov. 1 at the Abingdon Library. Schooner Cove, the children’s department […]


World Of Care Gala
December 2014
The Chesapeake Support Our Heroes Foundation’s 10th fundraiser, titled, “A World Of Care Gala,” raised $154,000 for the Fisher House, a foundation providing financial support and resident facilities for severely wounded soldiers and their families throughout the world. The evening began at the velvet roped entrance in the stunning Waters Edge Events Center and continued […]


Mentors Connect with STEM Students
June 2014
Area science and engineering professionals shared their career experiences and advice with highly motivated STEM students on March 25 as I95 BUSINESS hosted a second Adults Mentoring Students program. Over 40 adults contributed their time to 40 students, illustrating skills required for interviewing, conversing about career tracks and sharing business cards. An impressive group of […]


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