Community Notes

Community Notes

October 26, 2003

Referral service coordinator Clark wins Willis award

Mike Clark, coordinator of the Link at Christ Church - a referral service for those in need - received the Casey Willis Making a Difference Award for his Prepare for Success project at the Columbia Foundation dinner at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Prepare for Success collected donations of backpacks and school supplies for Howard County children from low-income families. More than 4,000 children have benefited during the past three years. Clark plans to use the $1,500 award to seed next year's project.

The award was presented to Clark by Dr. Eugene Willis, in honor of his wife, Casey, who died in March 2000. A high school English and drama teacher, Casey Willis was community correspondent for The Sun from western Howard County. She was a member of the Rotary Club of Columbia, served on the board of directors of the Arc of Howard County and raised money for Howard County General Hospital.

The award, which is made through the Columbia Foundation, recognizes her commitment to community causes.

Other honorees:

Cardoni & Waddell, Ease Technology, Columbia Management Inc., Fast & Associates, the Columbia Association and Chip and Kathy Lundy were recognized for their donations of services and funds to the Columbia Foundation.

Dr. Robert N. Sheff, past chair of the Columbia Foundation, was honored with the James Rouse Award for his commitment to the community and to the foundation.

Hospice fund-raiser set tonight at Turf Valley

Hospice of Howard County will hold its 18th Taste & Auction from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center in Ellicott City. The event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the hospice.

The top auction item is a vacation package for six people who will spend three days on a yacht off the coast of South Florida.

Restaurants and caterers will offer small entrees, desserts and coffee. Proceeds from the auction will go to the hospice to assist in providing care for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Tickets are $65 in advance; $75 at the door.

Information: 410-730-5072.

Services for women, girls focus of session tomorrow

The Women's Giving Circle, an organization of female philanthropists whose mission is to address the needs of women and girls in Howard County, will present a learning session from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. tomorrow in the Burgess meeting room of the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

The meeting will explore needed services for women and girls in the county. Speakers will include Carole MacPhee, executive director of the Columbia Housing Corp.; Risa Garon, executive director of the National Family Resiliency Center (formerly Children of Separation and Divorce); and Marlene Miller, president of the Howard County Family Child Care Association.

The session is free and open to the public.

Information: Mary Kay Sigaty, 410-997-3395.

Mammograms are free for those who are eligible

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Claudia Mayer Breast Cancer Foundation, in cooperation with Drs. Esposito, Mayer, Hogan and Associates and American Radiology, is providing free mammograms this month to women ages 40 to 65 who have inadequate or no health insurance. Follow-ups will also be free.

Information and to determine eligibility: 410-997-7081.

Donations will be accepted and should be sent to 6295 Cardinal Lane, Columbia 21044.

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