Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

February 23, 2004

Service organization uses quilt raffle to raise $2,115

The Zonta Club of Howard County, the local chapter of Zonta International, a global service organization of business professionals working to advance the status of women and children, recently raised $2,115 by raffling a quilt made by one of its members.

The winner was Marilyn Hickson; the quilt was made by member Mercedes Romano. Both women are with the Inter-American Development Bank, said chapter President Deborah Provencher.

The chapter, formed in 1998, plans to raise $10,000 this year. The money will go to international and community organizations and be used for two scholarships for Howard County students. The Young Woman in Public Affairs Scholarship will go to a high school senior. The Jane Klausman Scholarship will be for a college junior or senior, preferably an older student who has returned to school. Winners compete at the international level.

Founded in 1919, Zonta International has counted Amelia Earhart and Margaret Thatcher among its members. The organization's name comes from a Native American word meaning "honest and trustworthy," Provencher said.

A historian in each chapter records its activities.

Information: deborah@zonta howard.org or www.zontahow ard.org.

Free screenings offered to detect eating disorders

In observance of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which is Feb. 22-29, Physicians Center for Weight Management and Eating Disorders will offer free screenings for those who suspect they might have an eating disorder.

The practice, which also offers free seminars on weight management and eating-disorder support groups, is at 10910 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

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