Community Foundation of Southern Maryland

Philanthropy Day Luncheon
November 14, 2008

Foundation Gives Back by Honoring Philanthropists in Charles County

Approximately 150 people joined the Community Foundation of Charles County (CFCC) at their 3rd annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Friday, November 14, 2008 at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center. In addition, to presenting the annual awards — the Nonprofit, Philanthropist and Volunteer of the Year, the Foundation "unveiled" the Philanthropy Hall of Fame. (see more on annual awards below)

Keynote speaker, Colonel (Ret.) Kenneth McCreedy, eloquently spoke of the past, recognizing Charles County’s 350th anniversary. He shared with the guests of how his own life was shaped by gifts received and reminded us of the many pioneers who have worked a lifetime to lay the foundation we stand on today. McCreedy stated, "It is within the power of each of us to continue the habits of giving beyond our lifetimes; it is within our ability to leave a legacy that continues to strengthen the foundations of our society and meet the needs of people we may never meet or know." (click here for his complete speech and biography)

In efforts to coincide with Charles County’s 350th anniversary and to honor those pioneers, the CFCC "unveiled" the Philanthropy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is made up of individuals and organizations who were nominated by the public for their lifetime of giving to make Charles County the best place to live. (click here for Hall of Fame inductees)

Annual Luncheon Honors Philanthropists, Nonprofits and Volunteers

Michael Besche, Philanthropist of the Year

Citizens for the Charles County Library, Nonprofit of the Year

Barbara Baldus, Volunteer of the Year
This year’s luncheon was a success and we have the community to thank. Despite bank bailouts, fallen stock markets and the new election, members of this community are pushing forward and we feel honored to recognize them.

Each year the Community Foundation of Charles County (CFCC) requests nominations of individuals and organizations whom exceeded their expectations and serviced Charles County in extraordinary ways. Each recipient is honored with a framed print of a Blue Heron donated to CFCC by local artist Rose Beitzell (and framed by Bernie’s) with an enscription of their award. With that said, we are thrilled to announce the award recipients for the philanthropist, nonprofit and volunteer of the year.

The Philanthropist of the Year Award went to Michael Besche, President and CEO of Besche Oil. As Chair of the CSM’s Campaign for the Next 50 Years, he helped raise over $7M.

The Nonprofit of the Year Award went to Citizens for the Charles County Library. The Citizens were instrumental in the development of new initiatives for the library system such as participation in The Big Read, One Maryland, One Book, the Cooperating Collection of The Foundation Center, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to up grade technology.

The Volunteer of the Year Award went to Barbara "Bobbie" Baldus. For her love of Charles County she has put forth a great effort to make sure folks celebrate Charles County during its year-long celebration of its 350th anniversary.

Philanthropy Hall of Fame Inductees for 2008:

American Community Properties Trust (ACPT) – Under the leadership of Edwin Kelly, ACPT has become one of the most respected and admired companies in Charles County. They not only commit money to charitable causes, they volunteer and serve as leaders with distinction.

Bobbie and Carl Baldus – For their lifetime of giving for the greater good of their children, their friends, their church, their work and their community. For those who know them, know they stay true to this motto: Treat others the way you would like to be treated and you will never fail."

P.D. Brown – For his lifetime of service in Charles County. His work established electricity to farmers in Charles County; he was the force in bringing public libraries to Charles County; he was a founding member of the Charles County Fair Board; and it was through his leadership to develop a building committee to construct the first hospital in Charles County.

Chaney Family/Chaney Enterprises/Chaney Foundation – For the last 40 years the Chaney Enterprise has been dedicated to serving the people of Charles County. From delivering concrete to awarding scholarships, the Chaneys’ best interest lies in the heart of the Charles County community. In addition, they have raised nearly $2M for the American Cancer Society.

Community BaInk of Tri-County – For over 50 years the Middletons’ have not only provided banking services to this community with a smile, but have strengthened it through their contributions of money, time and extraordinary effort.

Facchina Group of Companies, LLC – For their substantial contributions to Charles County especially in the aftermath of the 2002 tornado; it was their commitment and dedication to Charles County, that businesses were saved.

Greater Waldorf Jaycees – For their great commitment to Charles County. They have been recognized multiple times as the #1 Jaycees in the United States. "World Famous"

Verna Posey – For her lifetime of service to the College of Southern Maryland and her many contributions to charitable organizations.

Captain Billy Robertson – For his contributions and his southern hospitality. His legacy lives through his generosity and he has led others to do the same. In 1999 after being diagnosed with Cancer, he held a two day golf tournament with over 400 golfers and raised over $150,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Please help us in recognizing the following nominees for their dedication to Charles County and their great service to the community:

  • American Red Cross Southern Maryland Chapter
  • Energetics Technology Center
  • Lifestyles of Maryland, Inc.
  • Western Charles County Business Association
  • Dr. Francis P. Chiaramonte
  • Charles McPherson
  • Michael Sullivan
  • Vincent Hungerford
  • Candice Quinn Kelly
  • Joe Plemons
  • Ann Rees

Thank you to the following Sponsors of this year’s event:

Community Bank of Tri-County Chaney Foundation
Chaney Enterprises

"Friend" Print by Rose Beitzell, framed by Bernie's Frame Shop
  • Bernie’s Frame Shop
  • Facchina Group of Companies, LLC
  • JDS Associates
  • Maredith Management/Candice Quinn Kelly
  • Maryland Bank & Trust Company, Inc.
  • Kevin Wedding
  • Work Place Solutions/Mollie Gieseman
  • Art By Rose/Rose Beitzell
  • Charles County Commissioners
  • College of Southern Maryland, Community Relations Department
  • CFCC Board of Directors
  • Crown Trophy
  • Philanthropy Day Committee
  • Quality Printer
  • 350th Anniversary Committee

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