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Custom Media Options and Merriweather Post Pavilion recognized by Howard County Tourism and Promotions as Partners of the Year

On Friday, September 25th Custom Media Options and Merriweather Post Pavilion were recognized by Howard County Tourism and Promotions as Partners of the Year.

We are proud to receive this award and will continue to help promote tourism in our county by publishing the biggest and most comprehensive annual Official Visitors & Residents Guide and work with the tourism team to create marketing campaigns to showcase what Howard County has to offer.

Photo by R. Scott Kramer
Photographer/Multimedia Specialist | Office of Public Information | Howard County Government

2015 Power of the Purse contributors and volunteers
A Journey From Junk
A New You Salon – Amy Jewby
Amy Abell Wellness – Amy Abell
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar – Joe and Mary Barbera
An Extraordinar  Limousine, Inc, – Ruth Toomey
Annie’s Seafood Restaurant (Kent Island)
Russell Ashton
Elyssa Auerbach
Awaken Wellness
Beauty Sense
Being There Senior Care – Linda Cromwell
Blossoms of Hope – The Howard County Cherry Tree Project
Bode Floors
Rachelina Bonacci
Linda Boyle
Anita Broccolino
Tina and Vic Broccolino
Jennifer Bush
Bushy Park Elementary School – Dawn Martinec
Business Women’s Network of Howard County – Linda Ostovitz
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Charm City Cakes
Chef Paolino Café
Chezelle of Cross Keys
Chuy’s – Lance Smith Columbia Association – Hobbit’s Glen Golf Course
Columbia Fine Wine & Spirits
Congregation Shalom Aleichem
Crafton Dental
Curves Columbia
Custom Media Options, LLC
Danielle Nicole New York Handbags – Danielle DiFerdinando
Paula D’Alonzo
Emiko Danielian
Kathy Davis
DellaBlooms & Gifts – Dana O’Sullivan
Laurie Diener
Beth Ditman
Dotty Doub
Dan Dreibelbis
Dutch Soccer School
Eggspectation
EZ Storage
Factory Athletics Foundation
Samantha Flanagan
Andrew Flick
Regina Ford
Christa, Daniel, and David Giangrandi
GrowFlex Training – Ross Flanigan
Azeb Hadera
Harris Teeter
Irene Hechler
Rabbi Joanne Heiligman
Her Mind Magazine
Lisa, Roger, and Peyton  Hermodsson
Highland Inn
Homewood Interiors
Horseshoe Casino (Premiere Sponsor) – Randy Goldman and Bobbie Klobas
HorseSpirit Arts – Robin Holliday
Howard County Chamber of Commerce – Terri Carpenter, Mary Klett, and MaryAlice Drewer
Howard County Library System
• Central Branch
• East Columbia Branch
• Glenwood Branch
• Miller Branch
Howard County Tourism & Promotion
Howard Hospital Foundation
Jennifer Hurley
Lisa Johnson
Wayne Johnson
Jolles Insurance & Financial
Julie Katz
KCI Technologies
Kid’s Time Out – Maggie Surbrook
Kokopelli
Christie Lassen
Lord & Taylor – Tracy Gokce
Macy’s by Appointment – Annamarie deGregorio
Macy’s – Diane Bajefsky
Becky Mangus
Kathy McClellan
Lene McCollum
Medical Skin Therapeutics
Cassandra Mewborn
Diana Mitchell
Toni Morgan
Pam Moss
Mr. Appliance of Howard County – Edward and Beth Piotrowski
Mr. Electric
Mr. Rooter
Melissa and Alayna Newsome
Elaine Northrop
Octavia II
Mimi O’Donnell
Outback Steakhouse
Jackie Panowicz
Pam Long Photography
Kim and Chuck Phillips
Joy Pierlioni
Pinot’s Palette – Lisa Noss
Pub Dog Pizza & Drafthouse
Pure Romance – Sheila Tempchin
Janet Quirk
River Hill Garden Center
Lee Sachs
Doug Sandler
Jennifer Sclafani
Seasons 52 – Michelle Hayes
Secolari
Emily Shreve
SIEGELLAW – Law Office of Harry B. Siegel, LLC
Simply Divine Boutique – Ellicott City and Maple Lawn
Jackie Sims
Sir Speedy—BWI/Columbia – Vince Sharps
Bethanne Smith
Donna Smith
Still Life Gallery
Jennifer Storch
SUB ZERO WOLF by Fretz
Target Marketing Group – Flora Betro
Sheila Tempchin
Terry’s Tag & Title
The Business Monthly
The Cellar at Chef Paolino Cafe – Lisa Passalacqua
The Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center – Diane Tollick and K. Shelle Brown
The Columbia (MD) Chapter, The Links Incorporated – Lenaye Lawyer and Judy Smith
The Columbia Inn at Peralynna Manor
The Gift Shop in Howard County General Hospital
The Iron Bridge Wine Company – Steve Wecker
The Kittleman Group – Keller Williams Realty – Laura Kittleman
The Still Point at Haven on the Lake
The Temple Annapolis – Sharon T. Riser
The Wendy Slaughter Team—REMAX 100
The Wildman Family
Together Couples Counseling
TotallyHoCo.com – Jessie Newburn
Towne Group – Anne Towne
Turf Valley Resort
Vertical Connection
Very Bradley, Columbia Mall
Brenda von Rautenkranz, Fit For Life Training and Master of Ceremonies of Power of the Purse 2015
Joan Waclawski
Wegman’s
Carol Lombardo Weil, The Decorating Therapist
Michelle Wildman
Karen Windebank
Sherri Collins-Witzke
Your Style IQ – Karen Lucas

In loving memory of Roberta Freedman, whose penchant for handbags resulted in a donation of 75 beautiful purses!

POWER OF THE PURSE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

  • Michelle Wildman, Chair
  • Pam Moss, Co-Chair
  • Tina Broccolino
  • Kathy Davis
  • Laurie Diener
  • Regina Ford
  • Christa Giangrandi
  • Irene Hechler
  • Lisa Hermodsson
  • Becky Mangus
  • Kathy McClellan
  • Lene McCollum
  • Melissa Newsome
  • Kim Phillips
  • Joy Pierlioni
  • Janet Quirk
  • Sheila Tempchin
  • Joan Waclawski
  • Kara Windebank
  • Sherri Collins-Witzke

4th Annual Power of the Purse is largest in event’s history

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More than $18,000 in proceeds donated to Blossoms of Hope to support Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center

Her Mind Magazine is pleased to announce its most successful Power of the Purse (POTP) event yet. Held at Sub-Zero and Wolf by Fretz Showroom on June 8, the fourth annual POTP raised more than $18,000 for Blossoms of Hope to support the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital.

The 350 guests browsed among 1,700 gently used and vintage purses displayed throughout the opulent kitchen display areas and available for cash and carry. At the same time, guests bid on 70 new and designer handbags – including new purses by Kate Spade, Coach and Danielle Nicole – filled with such treats as certificates to spas and restaurants, and luxury accessories – as part of the Silent Auction.

Her Mind Magazine and Blossoms of Hope want to thank all who contributed to this event. Danielle DiFerdinando, founder of Danielle Nicole, a New York-based handbag company, was the guest speaker. Danielle, who grew up in Howard County, created Danielle Nicole at the age of 18 while a student at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Brenda von Rautenkranz, owner of Fit For Life Personal Training and the Fit To Be Fabulous video and television series, served as m.c. with her inimitable grace and humor. We can always count on Brenda to warm up the crowd.

Kudos to chairs Michelle Wildman and co-chair Pam Moss for pulling off this year’s event. Michelle is the owner of the 15-year-old MW Events, which coordinates galas, parties and social events throughout Howard County. Pam is community relations and project manager for Custom Media Options, publishers of Her Mind magazine. Each year Power of the Purse is bigger and better, and we look forward to 2016!

Thanks to this year’s sponsors—Horseshoe Casino for its generous financial contribution, and Iron Bridge Wine Company for consistently providing fine wines for our guests; Sub-Zero and Wolf by Fretz showroom has been a magical venue since the event started; Sir Speedy-BWI/Columbia provided printing services; and Pam Long Photography returned as the official event photographer. (Pam’s beautiful photos are included in this post); Chuy’s provided a fantastic Mexican buffet as a tantalizing preview of its move to Howard County in 2016.

Dana O’Sullivan of DellaBlooms & Gifts provided the flowers and the props for the purse displays, and Carol Weil, aka The Decorating Therapist, artfully staged the purses throughout the showroom.

Thanks to The Business Monthly and to the Business Women’s Network of Howard County for helping us promote the 2015 Power of the Purse, and thanks also to The Wendy Slaughter Team-REMAX 100, for donating the customized purple Power of the Purse shopping bags.

Ruth Toomey, sales manager at An Extraordinar Limousine, deserves a special shout-out for her last-minute contribution of transportation to and from the satellite parking lot.

In addition to all the contributors and volunteers, the success of 2015 Power of the Purse is largely due to the community. Without our many friends – who scour their closets for handbags to donate, and who show up to buy and bid – the event just wouldn’t be as festive and fun. Nor would it raise such generous funds for the important work of Blossoms of Hope and the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County Hospital. Thank you again for making this year’s Power of the Purse bigger and better. See you in 2016!

See complete list of 2015 POTP contributors and volunteers


The winners of the door prices and raffles were:
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Door Prizes:

  • Anjela Haynes won the Purple KATE SPADE satchel
  • Dana Echols won the DANIELLE NICOLE handbag

Raffle Prizes:

  • Ruth Goldberg won the Wolf Gourmet High Performance Blender donated by SUB-ZERO and WOLF by Fretz
  • Donna Smith won the Madison Sophia Brown leather COACH satchel
3rd Annual Power of the Purse Event was a Great Success!
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Her Mind magazine is excited to announce yet another successful Power of the Purse! Held at Fretz Kitchen Showroom June 10, 2014, this event raised over $12,000 to be donated to Blossoms of Hope in support of Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital and Business Women’s Network of Howard County Scholarship Foundation.
Over 1,100 purses were offered for sale. Gently used and vintage purses were available for cash and carry while over 50 new and designer handbags, filled with goodies, were included in the Silent Auction.

Blossoms of Hope, Business Women’s Network and Her Mind Magazine want to thank everyone who contributed to this event. First, thanks to this year’s sponsors—Iron Bridge Wine Company for providing wine and Chef Lewis for preparing a delightful Gazpacho for all to taste!  Fretz Kitchen Showroom provided the venue, Sir Speedy—Columbia provided printing services, and Pam Long Photography was the official photographer. Pam’s photos are included in this recap—what a great job!  Harris Teeter provided the light fare and The Wendy Slaughter Team donated the Power of the Purse shopping bags—all to make this year’s shopping experience fun and memorable.

potp_2013_1This event wouldn’t be the same without the entertaining master of ceremonies—Brenda von Rautenkranz who opened the program with her usual humorous style.  And a shout out goes to Dana O’Sullivan of Della Blooms & Gifts for her designs, props and floral centerpiece and to Carol Lombardo Weil, the  Decorating Therapists who provided the purse layout and design.  And of course, it’s always fun to see Lee Andersen’s new MANNEQART creations.

But the overall success of this event is dependent on the donations, contributions and volunteerism from the community.  We couldn’t do this without everyone’s help!  Power of the Purse is indeed a community effort and we want to thank all of you for making this year’s event bigger and better!

To view a complete gallery of Photographs from the 3rd Annual Power of the purse, please visit our Facebook page.

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THANK YOU!

  • 39 Minute Workout and Wellness
  • A Journey From Junk
  • AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar—Mary Barbera
  • AVEDA – The Columbia Mall
  • Awaken Wellness
  • Mary Ellen Baker
  • Baltimore Business Journal – Lisa Carmichael
  • Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Being There Senior Care
  • Between the Lines Medispa – Linda Perline
  • Blossoms of Hope – The Howard County Cherry Tree Project
  • Bode Floors
  • Bonnie Heneson Communications – Kyri Jacobs
  • Linda Boyle
  • Bra-la-la
  • Tina Broccolino
  • Wanda Brodsky
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Business Women’s Network of Howard County – Renee Gerber
  • Business Women’s Network of Howard County Scholarship Foundation, Inc. – Stanette Robinson
  • Cabot Creamery Cooperative
  • Charm City Yoga
  • Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
  • Chili’s/Macaroni Grill/On The Border/Maggiano’s
  • Claudia Hall Christian/Cook Street Publishing
  • CMIT Solutions of Columbia – Tom Burtzlaff
  • Collections
  • Columbia Association – Hobbit’s Glen Golf Course
  • Columbia Jazzercise Fitness Center
  • Curves Columbia
  • Curves Glenelg
  • Custom Media Options, LLC
  • Danielle Nicole New York Handbags
  • Davis Vision – Lisa Hall
  • DellaBlooms & Gifts – Dana O’Sullivan
  • DuBois Design – Kelley DuBois
  • Earth Treks Climbing Centers
  • Eggspectation
  • Einstein Brothers Bagel
  • EyeFit Vision Centers
  • Factory Athletics Foundation
  • Famous Dave’s
  • Feet First
  • Fitness Together
  • Floyds Barber Shop
  • Regina Ford
  • Girls Night Out – Ellicott City
  • Hobo Handbags
  • Houlihan’s
  • Howard County Tourism & Promotion
  • Howard Hospital Foundation
  • Hyatt & Company
  • Hyatt Regency Baltimore
  • Inspire—An Organic Salon
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • Jolles Insurance & Financial
  • Julie Katz
  • Kid’s Time Out
  • Kim Musser – State Farm
  • Ledo Pizza
  • Lee Andersen – MANNEQART
  • Living Wellness Chiropractic of Columbia
  • Ma Maison III
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics – Angie Goodwin Johnson
  • Maryland Wineries Association
  • Massage Envy Spa
  • Medical Skin Therapeutics
  • Sarah A. Mess, MD, LLC
  • Elaine Northrop
  • Octavia II
  • Mimi O’Donnell
  • Pam Long Photography
  • Patrick’s Hair Design
  • Linda Payan, A District Division Manager for Lia Sophia Jewelry
  • Petit Louis on the Lake
  • Portalli’s
  • Power Train Sports & Fitness
  • Pub Dog Pizza & Drafthouse
  • Redeux Consignment Shop
  • River Hill Garden Center
  • Janet Robey, Honorary Chair of Blossoms of Hope
  • Salon Marielle, An Aveda Concept Salon
  • Serendipity
  • Sergio’s Fine Jewelers
  • SIEGELLAW – Law Office of Harry B. Siegel, LLC
  • Simply Divine Boutique
  • Simply Organized
  • Jackie Sims
  • Sir Speedy—Columbia
  • Smyth Jewelers
  • St. John’s Jewelers
  • Sanford Grill
  • State Farm – Robert Fitzgerald
  • Leslie Stein
  • Still Life Gallery
  • SUB ZERO WOLF by Fretz
  • Sun Nurseries, Inc.
  • Sweet Cascades Chocolatier
  • sweet elizabeth jane
  • Symmetry Hair Studio
  • Tendou Japanese Cuisine
  • Terrapin Adventures
  • Terry’s Tag & Title
  • Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant
  • The Brewers Art Restaurant
  • The Business Monthly—Becky Mangus & Cathy Yost
  • The Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center
  • The Elkridge Furnace Inn
  • The Gift Shop in Howard County General Hospital
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • The Iron Bridge Wine Company – Steve Wecker
  • The Loft Salon & Spa
  • The Marilyn Johnson Sewing & Creative Fabric Design Studio
  • The Nail Spa
  • THE pearl Spa & Boutique
  • The Pottery Stop
  • The Shoppes at Shipley’s Grant Starbucks
  • The Still Point – Spa
  • The Still Point Yoga
  • The Timbers at Troy
  • The Wendy Slaughter Team—REMAX Advantage Realty
  • Lori A. Theodore
  • Tino’s Italian Bistro
  • Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia
  • Together Couples Counseling
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Turf Valley
  • Vertical Connection
  • Victoria Gastro Pub
  • Victoria and Albert Hair Salon
  • Brenda von Rautenkranz, Fit For Life Training and Master of Ceremonies of Power of the Purse 2014
  • Carol Lombardo Weil, The Decorating Therapist
  • Dee Weir, Owner Howard County Holistic Center
  • Wells Fargo