June 4, 2012
Nearly two dozen companies will sponsor Maryland's bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812, contributing more than $5 million, the nonprofit group planning the events said Monday. Constellation Energy will become one of the biggest corporate sponsors, joining previously announced companies AT&T - the top sponsor, with a more than $1 million contribution - and Papa John's. Other sponsors announced Monday include Legg Mason, M&T Bank, Pepsi and Under Armour. In addition, the state government has pledged $6 million for the three-year effort, said Star-Spangled 200, the nonprofit affiliate of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, which is planning the commemoration.
September 12, 2012
Check out the fine display of cars, trucks and motorcycles at the Endless Summer Car, Bike and Truck Show, Sat., Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Laurel Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Road. Hosted by the Laurel Lions Club, the event includes trophies, dash plaques, goody bags, 50/50 raffle, music, food, vendors, flea market and games for kids. All proceeds go back to the Laurel community through the charitable works of the Laurel Lions Foundation. For information, go to laurelions.org .
July 12, 2011
Baltimore driver Marc Bunting, who will drive his Porsche 911 GT3 in the American Le Mans Series race here in September, turned the engine on and stepped on the gas. Behind the car, Akil Wise, 11, his brother, Da'Sean, 13, and their friend in Boy Scout Troop 8548, Jabari Gilliam, 13, all jumped and then smiled sheepishly. "I'm scared out of my mind," Akil said when asked what he thought about the race car. "I didn't think it would be so loud. " "It was like thunder," Da'Sean said.
January 7, 2006
NEW ORLEANS --With the city in dire financial shape because of Hurricane Katrina, companies are lining up for the opportunity to become the first-ever corporate sponsors of New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebration. At least 20 companies are offering to pay $2 million each to help cover the police and cleanup costs for next month's parades and parties, according to MediaBuys LLC, the firm hired to search for underwriters. Such sponsorships are a radical change for what is billed as the nation's biggest free party.
April 28, 1995
When the red starting flag is dropped tomorrow at the Maryland Hunt Cup and the horses charge across the green turf and over the splintered fences, they will follow a path and tradition almost unchanged for 100 years.But elsewhere on the steeplechase circuit are unmistakable signs of modernization: the raffle for a BMW, conspicuously parked at the paddock at the Far Hills meet in New Jersey, or the Carolina GMC Truck Dealers hospitality tent at the Block House Races in North Carolina.The prominence of sponsors, along with crowds that now top 30,000 at key events, reflects almost a reinvention of one of America's most timeless pastimes, which this year enters its second century as an organized sport.
December 21, 1992
Only four days before Christmas and Christine Poulsen is getting frantic. But she isn't worried about finishing her shopping or holiday greeting cards.Ms. Poulsen, director of the county's Holiday Sharing Program, is fretting over how to match 180 needy county families with sponsors who can provide gifts and food before time runs out on Christmas Eve."We have more to match than we usually have at this point," she said. "Generally by now, we'd have 60 to 80 families left to match. So we have a lot of work to do."
October 23, 2006
NEW YORK -- When the producers of Fetch! were trying to piece together funding for the new PBS science program for 'tweens this year, they got an assist from some unlikely quarters: Arby's and Macy's. The fast-food chain and the department store helped cover the costs of the 30-minute program, a partly animated game show in which children compete in science challenges. What they got in return was more than a subdued underwriting credit. This summer, Arby's restaurants offered a kids meal featuring Ruff Ruffman, the animated dog who stars in Fetch!
May 4, 2001
The Savage Senior Center, 9525 Durness Lane, will sponsor a three-week 50+ Boot Camp for men and women from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays beginning May 15. Calisthenics and weight training for strength, stamina and endurance will be emphasized. The cost is $20. Information: Edith Bennett, 410-880-5915. Land-use group plans flower sale fund-raiser The Southern Howard Land Use Committee, a group representing several community associations that oppose a mixed-use development on property in North Laurel, will hold a plant sale tomorrow to raise money for legal expenses.
April 12, 1991
The suggestion by Health Secretary Louis W. Sullivan that fans stay away from sporting events sponsored by tobacco companies met with cries of foul play yesterday.TC Tobacco sponsorships can be found throughout the sports world, but the two major associations that come to mind are Philip Morris' Virginia Slims pro tennis tour and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s Winston Cup stock car racing tour."Virginia Slims is a sponsor of 12 events in the United States, plus our championship and ranking system," said Gerard Smith, executive director and CEO of the Women's Tennis Association.
July 30, 1992
Quick, now, can you recall the "official underwear" of the 1976 Olympics? How about the "official small car" of the Montreal Games?Having trouble? You're not alone. There were 628 official sponsors of those Summer Games, an Olympic record that organizers hope is never broken.This year's Games still feature some puzzling promotions -- the U.S. Postal Service is the official courier of the Barcelona Games, although it cannot move mail overseas -- but there are far fewer products bearing the Olympic rings.