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Printed Magazines Lead to Inspiration…

“Consumers and women still love the printed format to turn to for inspiration and for more of that lean-back experience. And what we look for more with digital is as a utility to help them to do something in the short-term. So, inspiration versus utility, as I like to say.” – Tom Harty, President and COO, Meredith

Read more at the Magazine Man

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
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
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
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
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
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!


  • 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


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:

Premier Sponsor












Extraordinar Limo Logo

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