Columbia Foundation to hold 15th annual garden partyThe...

Business Notes

March 31, 1997

Columbia Foundation to hold 15th annual garden party

The Columbia Foundation will hold its 15th annual Spring Garden Party at Spear Center from 5: 45 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. May 1.

The annual reunion for county residents and business leaders celebrates spring with dinner at Clyde's and the Tomato Palace. Decorations will be provided by the Brickman Group.

The event is sponsored by Apple Ford, the Columbia Bank, D. R. Brasher Architects, Erye Bus Service, Williamsburg/Patriot Homes and Patuxent Publishing Co.

The event raises money to support local charitable and cultural organizations. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 410-730-7840.


Metzler's Garden Center and Florist has added two staff members, Joe Costa and Tim Rigdon. Costa heads the center's tree and shrub department. Rigdon is a Howard County Master Gardener and works in the annual flowers division as a "plant pest doctor." In addition, employee Jim Cheak has been appointed head of the garden products department. Carol Derunge, an employee for eight years, is head of the herbaceous division. Metzler's is on Owen Brown Road.

Carole A. Pickett,owner and publisher of the Business Monthly, has been named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by the Daily Record. Pickett is credited with taking over the debt-ridden Business Monthly in the fall of 1994 and turning it into a successful publication about the business community in Howard County. The Business Monthly -- formerly the Columbia Business Monthly and the Howard Business Monthly -- has a circulation of 21,000. She also was the recipient of the 1996 Howard County Equal Business Opportunity Award for Outstanding Women Owned Business of the Year. She has served on the board of the Women's Business Network.

Vantage House Retirement Communityhas elected Columbia residents Virginia M. Thomas and Richard G. McCauley as new members to its board of directors. A former Maryland delegate, Thomas serves as director of community and intergovernmental relations at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Center for Health Program Development. McCauley retired in 1995 as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary with Rouse Co. Vantage House Retirement Community is a 14-story complex with 222 residential living apartments and health care center in Columbia.

Meeting Planners Inc. of Columbia has moved its headquarters to 5052 Dorsey Hall Drive, Suite 102, Ellicott City. A branch office has opened at 114 E. Shoreline Drive in Belhaven, N.C. The company needed a branch to service its accounts in the Raleigh, Durham, Greenville and Rocky Mount areas.

Pub Date: 3/30/97

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