CRCC News and Notes 11/07/11

News from the Crofton Regional Community Center (CRCC).


Excitement was in the air at the on Nov. 4 when the Greater Chamber of Commerce held their awards night and nine Citizens of the Year were honored by nine organizations. The evening held some emotional moments also. Crofton resident vice-admiral John T. Blake, of the US Navy spoke in honor of Veteran's Day and gave a few examples of heroism he personally was witness to. He apologized for letting his emotions get the best of him. Everyone in the filled room was touched.

Later in the evening, The Greater Crofton Council honored as their Citizen of the Year, Madonna Brennan, a CRCC Board of Directors member. She had no idea she was being singled out. She was tearful as she thanked everyone.

Citizen of the Year Brian McCann

The CRCC proudly presented their Citizen of the Year to , co-owner of the . , CRCC Vice-Chairman, explained just a few reasons why Brian was being honored and Brian graciously accepted, saying that although he lived in Pasadena, he thought Crofton was a special place with so many wonderful and generous people living there. Brian has been helpful to the CRCC in many ways and the CRCC is forever grateful for all he has done for us. But this award goes beyond his help with the CRCC, for Brian is a truly good and generous person who helps everybody, all the time.

During the CRCC Sweetheart's Ball last February, Brian rolled up his sleeves and pitched in to make the night special for all attending despite the lack of electricity. There were blackouts in the area due to a storm and wildfires nearby. Brian not only whipped up special treats and sandwiches for all  attending, but he also sent over food to the emergency workers nearby.

At the awards dinner, Brian was accompanied by his beautiful wife Karen and two good friends. The entire evening was special and fun and everyone was in good spirits.

Book Lovers Auction Saturday

Coming up next is the . I want to stress one point and that is people need to call at 443-302-9598 to reserve a ticket. The cost is now $10 as over 50 people have already called and reserved at the $5 price. But that still is a great bargain.

All auction bids are priced at approximately one third of the original cost. That's cheaper than going through Amazon or any book store. Starting bids range from $1 to $30. And there is the Bargain table where everything is $1. There is also a half-price table where all books sell at half price. Many special features are offered. The price of a ticket includes free drinks and food. It includes meeting 17 different authors in person. It's a time to shop for Christmas, to get good bargains for yourself and there are a number of CD's and talking books (one is a Stephen King novel), plus comic books and graphic novels. A good variety is offered for everyone and there are thousands of books to choose from.

e-Readers Raffle

But that's not all! We will be raffling off three different e-readers (Kindle, Kobo and Nook - some with extra features). The cost of $10 a ticket or three for $25 can win you an e-reader as a gift for someone or for yourself. There will also be door prizes of $20 gift cards to stores that sell books. AND, if this weren't enough, there are hundreds of free books to be given out as you pay at the end of the evening. Most of these books are advance reading copies. Lots of free bookmarks to choose from as well.

So, come and have a good time at the Book Lovers Auction, but please call and reserve a ticket in advance. The time is from 4 to 7 pm at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant's Banquet Room in the back. Follow the Blue Balloons. For not only are we offering this silent bid auction, guest authors, and fun time for all, but there will be a free children's festival outside (pray for decent weather).

Children's Festival Saturday

At the Children's Festival, there will be treats and refreshments as well as prizes for all children taking part. A face painter will decorate children's faces and a clown will entertain. Bails of hay will decorate the area and there will be good supervision for the children. Games and contests will be part of this fun time for the kids, 4 to 7 pm. All free.

Antique Car Show Saturday

If this isn't enough to bring out people, then consider the antique car show going on at the same time. That will be fun to observe as well. And isn't this all something for everyone? What a big day! What fun.

Sweethearts Ball Update

As soon as this event is finished, tickets will go on sale for the Sweethearts Ball on Feb. 18. The CRCC will focus all our attention on making this special for everyone.

Family Photo Fundraiser

Meanwhile, that has been going on for a while now, but is not over yet. What a bargain! People should call before the available times are all taken. Schedule early to be ready in time for the holidays. Just think of this; for a donation of $50 to the CRCC the donor is entitled to a free photo session and free 11-by-14 photo by of . The photo session can consist of a whole family, including their pet, or for just one or two individuals. This is a good bargain in itself, but then prices will be reduced for holiday cards and other special packages.

And, as if this weren't enough to entice you, you will be part of a drawing for a free 24-by-30 custom canvas wall photo valued at $1,000! The drawing for this wall photo will take place at the Sweetheart's Ball (winner need not be present). This offer stands until the end of December, but your appointment should be made right away to insure a convenient time for you. Linda McCarthy can answer all your questions and you may call her at 410-626-7474 or contact her through email at linda@visualconceptsltd.com.

The Crofton Regional Community Center is a tax-free, non-profit organization formed to open a community center and a skate park in Crofton. The website is at www.croftonregionalcommunitycenter.net. The Facebook fan page is at www.facebook.com/theCRCC. Email comments and questions to Donna Doyle at doyle1718@comcast.net.

Karts Huseonica November 08, 2011 at 03:02 PM
More great news about some really nice area people. Congratulations everyone! Karen & Art Huseonica (real names/real people)
Ashley Forrest Music November 08, 2011 at 05:24 PM
Congratulations Brian! I'm looking forward to when we can work together again on a community event. Sincerely, Ashley


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