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Partnering for Youth’s Free Cardio-Fit Expo Set for December 1st

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with strokes coming in at number four. Since these diseases most often strike in later years rarely do we think of children when we think of cardiovascular health problems. However, a recent study by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that adolescents are performing poorly when it comes to cardiovascular health.

Not surprising: diet and exercise are the key culprits when it comes to poor cardiovascular health with youth. For Partnering for Youth (PFY), the after school program in Queen Anne’s County and a Foundation for Community Partnerships Fund, these facts served as a teaching opportunity. Since the beginning of this year, PFY has been teaching the science behind cardiovascular health in the county’s middle schools through an interactive program called the Cardio-Fit Project. Funded by a $192,000 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program, the Cardio-Fit Project mixes instruction about fitness and heart health with physical exercise and training during after school program programming.

Now area families have the opportunity to learn about the Cardio-Fit Project at an upcoming interactive fitness expo on Saturday, December 1, at Kent Island High School, Stevensville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The free event is open to the public. Featured activities include:
• Ticker Trot 5k Run/Walk and Fun Run
• Basketball and flag football competitions
• Exhibits featuring health, wellness, nutrition, athletic leagues, fitness equipment and products
• Health screenings
• Zumba, yoga and boot camp demonstrations

5k Run/Walk and Fun Run

Non-refundable pre-registration for the 5K Run/Walk is $15, which includes a race t-shirt. Race Day registration is $20. Register online at MarylandTeamSports.com by November 30th. The free Fun Run is open to children age 10 years and younger. For more information contact Rick Tyng at (410) 758-4177 or richard.tyng@qacps.org.

“We have more than 300 middle school students participating in the Cardio-Fit project, and we are seeing incredible results in both what the students are learning and how it is improving their cardiovascular health,” says Kim Umberger, Partnering for Youth Program Director. “Taking this program to the greater community through the expo will allow us to make an even bigger difference to area families,” she adds.

Last spring four middle schools participated in the Cardio-Fit Project with a total project enrollment of 349 students, ages 11-14. Thirty activities were offered. In post session surveys, 93% of the participants reported “improved knowledge of fitness & nutrition.” Baseline health assessments were collected from 311 participants and 284 performed the PACER test (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run) that measures aerobic capacity. To measure the project this fall, Cardio-Fit participants will perform the pre and post knowledge test and continue with health assessments and PACER testing.

“We are beginning to see the benefits that the Partnering for Youth Cardio-Fit Project can offer in decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said James W. Blasetto, MD, MPH, Chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. “The youth of Queen Anne’s County are benefitting from an innovative program that aims to improve cardiovascular health.”

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program was launched in 2010 through a charitable contribution of $25 million from AstraZeneca. The program awards grants of $150,000 and up to U.S.-based non-profit organizations that are doing innovative work in the field of cardiovascular health. The Partnering for Youth Cardio-Fit Project focuses on screening initiatives that identify patients with or at-risk of cardiovascular disease as well as innovative education programs aimed at preventing cardiovascular disease by inspiring youth, families and the community to develop healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyles.

In photo: Kim Umberger, Partnering for Youth Program Director, right, works out fitness expo details with Rick Tyng, Partnering for Youth Project Coordinator. The Cardio-Fit Expo will be held Saturday, December 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kent Island High School, 900 Love Point Road, Stevensville. Funded by AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program, the Expo is open to the public. All activities except the 5K Run/Walk are free. For more information contact Rick Tyng at (410) 758-4177 or richard.tyng@qacps.org.

Local CPA Elected Second Vice President of Maryland Society of Accountants; Joins Board of the Foundation for Community Partnerships

Patricia Mager, CPA, President, WHBG, Inc., 116 Log Canoe Circle, Stevensville, has been elected Second Vice President of the Maryland Society of Accountants (MSA). In addition, she has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Community Partnerships, Chester, Md., for a three-year term ending June 2015.

Ms. Mager previously served as MSA’s secretary in 2011 and treasurer in 2009. Founded in 1959, MSA protects the rights of all accountants, bookkeepers, tax practitioners and financial planners to practice in the state of Maryland. The society is the only regional accounting and tax organization permitting and recruiting memberships from these professions. With more than 2,800 members representing nearly one million small businesses, the MSA unites the accounting and tax professions in common goals of education, networking and public service.

The Foundation for Community Partnerships opened its first fund in December 2004, and now represents nearly 60 separate charitable groups from Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties and has distributed more than $4.2 million to local charities since its inception. As a community foundation the non-profit organization is designed to help individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create charitable funds to respond to local needs.

WHBG, Inc. is a full service certified public accounting firm offering corporate accounting as well as audits, reviews and compilations, which are often required from banks and insurance companies. The company offers corporate, personal, and trust tax return preparation. WHBG, Inc. has a management advisory division to help companies get started and stay healthy and aware of their financial situation or to assist long term businesses to set and reach various financial goals.

WHBG, Inc. has been providing services to businesses and organizations internationally for nearly 30 years and is known for its personal, quality service. The firm has successfully undergone quality peer reviews of its accounting and audit practices conducted on-site for the MACPA and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Ms. Mager received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Towson University and is currently completing a master’s degree in finance and accounting at the University of Maryland. Her professional memberships include the Board of Directors of the Maryland Society of Accountants Scholarship Foundation as well as the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), the National Association of Tax Professionals, and the National Association of Female Executives.

To learn more about WHBG, Inc. call (410) 643-4294 or visit www.whbgcpa.com.

Educare Fund in the Foundation for Community Partnerships

The Educare Fund in the Foundation for Community Partnerships is pleased to announce limited funding for early childhood programs. Our mission is to support programming in Queen Anne’s County for young children and their families that promotes child and family wellbeing and/or enhances school readiness. The Educare committee was started by our county’s Local Management Board, Community Partnerships for Children and Families, to help early childhood programs provide quality care for our youngest citizens.

Requests can be made for curriculum costs, materials, implementation of a new program (such as hygiene, nutrition, anti-bullying, literacy) or even to defray costs of an instructor in the program. Programs must be based in Queen Anne’s County serving our communities’ young children and their families. An application form can be requested from Jacki Carter or Cindi Boone at 410-758-6677. Directions for mailing the completed forms are on the Application Form. Decisions are made by the Educare Selection Committee and approved by the Foundation for Community Partnerships Board.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Educare Fund should make checks out to Foundation for Community Partnerships with Educare in the memo line. Mail checks to FCP, 102 Chester Village, Chester, MD 21619. Or go to www.creatinglegacies.org and click on the donate button for Educare.

Our children are important to our future.

The Walk of Angels

By Sandra Zunino

A prayer, an encouraging word, the gift of a warm, soft blanket: these minor gestures can bring a ray of light in an otherwise dark time for a cancer patient. Such is the mission of Cancer Comfort Angels, a non-profit Christian-based group in Queen Anne’s County.

Founded by Laurie Rasinski of Chester, Cancer Comfort Angels provides a simple act of kindness in the form of comfort kits. Each kit includes a handmade blanket, a cross, words of prayer to let the patient know he or she is not alone, and a small poem to offer inspiration and hope beyond the clinical prognosis.

Laurie, who was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer in 2008, was the first unofficial recipient of a blanket – a simple gift that started a domino effect helping more than 75 cancer victims to date.

“A very sweet teenager gave me the first blanket when I was diagnosed,” says Laurie, “and I was so overwhelmed and touched by the love that someone could give me in this simple gesture, that I, in turn, wanted to do something for other people.”

Laurie began writing poetry as a way to help cope with the ongoing struggles inherent with cancer treatment. Consequently, all the poems in the comfort kits are her own works. A blanket committee makes the fleece blankets that are especially soft, as cancer treatments often cause the patient to become over-sensitive to any tactile stimulation.

Since then, Laurie has been invited to give speeches about her personal fight with cancer and how she manages to maintain a positive outlook throughout her treatment. “People always say, Laurie, you give a different face to cancer,” she says. “I think I’m here to be encouraging and to show that I understand the pain as well as let people know they have to make the most of every day.”

While Laurie says she has always been involved with community service, with the challenges she faces with her own ongoing treatment, she acknowledges she could not have brought Cancer Comfort Angels into fruition without the help of her close friends. After making inquiries as to the best approach for launching the non-profit endeavor, Laurie decided to align with the Foundation for Community Partnerships.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Foundation for Community Partnerships takes donations from willing contributors and expands the potential funding options to include foundations, Federal Government grants, individual contributions, corporate sponsors, etc. The Foundation enables people with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about.

Laurie also reached out to her church, the Kent Island United Methodist Church. “They allow us to hold meetings there.” She says, “It’s amazing how things work and how many people have come forward to offer their help.”

On Sunday, October 30 at 1:00, the Cancer Comfort Angels will hold their first official “Walk for Renewed Hope” fundraiser, starting at Love Point Park, followed by a buffet dinner and silent auction at The Narrows Restaurant. For more information about Cancer Comfort Angels, or about registering for the Walk, email cancercomfortangels@gmail.com. The organization’s website, www.cancercomfortangels.com is still under construction, but is now on Facebook.

Second Annual “12 Days of Giving” Launched in Honor of Local Foundation’s Funds

The season of giving is upon us. Unfortunately for many of us the stress of finding the perfect gift while accomplishing a laundry list of holiday musts leaves many of us exhausted and less than joyful. To make gift giving easy and bring meaning back to the holidays the Foundation for Community Partnerships, a local community foundation headquartered in Centreville, has launched its “12 Days of Giving” campaign, enabling area residents to make a donation to one of its 66 local funds as a holiday gift.

Now in its second year, this special program is being launched to encourage support for the good work being done locally by a wide variety of charitable groups.

Each weekday in December the Foundation’s website, www.creatinglegacies.org, will feature the work of two of its funds. Visitors to the website can make online gift donations to those funds, to another fund of their choosing or to the Foundation’s Community Endowment Fund on behalf of friends and family members.

Those honored with a gift will receive a holiday gift card with information about the fund to which a contribution was made and donors will receive the tax deduction. Wherever possible the Foundation will secure matching gifts so a donation can go twice as far.

The Foundation for Community Partnerships opened its first fund in December 2004, and now represents 66 separate charitable groups from Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties and has more than $1.8 million in total assets. Touting an impressive record of success – distributing more than $2 million to local charities in its first six years.

The Foundation’s success is due in part to its efficient use of funds. In 2009, less than 3% of its budget was spent on administration, so that .97 cents on every dollar went for direct services. “We strive to be good stewards of the donations we receive,” says Rick Lerner, Chairman and CEO of BankAnnapolis and Foundation board chair. The Foundation for Community Partnerships maintains compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, the highest standards in place today for U.S. community foundations.

“Our funds are probably better known than the Foundation itself,” comments Wayne Humphries, president. “Adopt-a-Bear, CASA, Partnering for Youth, Sister County International, and Talbot Interfaith Shelter are just a few of the diverse charities under the Foundation’s umbrella.”

In this time of economic stress, a donation to the Foundation can make a huge impact on the community and make gift giving a lot easier! The Foundation encourages readers to visit the website www.creatinglegacies.org and give the gift of charity this holiday season. Donations can be made directly to the Foundation or to any one of its funds.

For more information, call (410) 758-6677 or visit www.creatinglegacies.org.

Chester Business Supports Community Foundation

Paula A. Warner, left, owner of Paula’s Fine Jewelry, 1607 Postal Road, Chester, recently made a donation to the Foundation for Community Partnerships, Centreville, a community foundation with 66 funds representing charitable groups in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. Accepting the check is the Foundation chief financial officer Linda M. Kohler. The donation represented a portion of the sales from a one-day promotion held recently. Ms. Warner is a board member of the United Way of Queen Anne’s County, Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce, Business Queen Anne’s, and Chesapeake Women’s Network. For more information, please call Paula’s Fine Jewelry at (410) 643-8040 or visit www.paulasfinejewelry.com.

“22 Days of Giving” Launched in Honor of Local Foundation’s Fifth Anniversary

The season of giving is upon us. Unfortunately for many of us the stress of finding the perfect gift while accomplishing a laundry list of holiday musts leaves many of us exhausted and less than joyful. To make gift giving easy and bring meaning back to the holidays the Foundation for Community Partnerships has launched its “22 Days of Giving” campaign, enabling area residents to make a donation to one of its 56 local funds as a holiday gift. This special program is being launched to commemorate the Foundation’s fifth anniversary.

Each weekday in December the Foundation’s website, www.creatinglegacies.org, will feature the work of two of its funds. Visitors to the website can make online gift donations to those funds, to another fund of their choosing or to the Foundation’s Community Endowment Fund on behalf of friends and family members. Those honored with a gift will receive a holiday gift card with information about the fund to which a contribution was made and donors will receive the tax deduction. Wherever possible the Foundation will secure matching gifts so a donation can go twice as far.

The Foundation for Community Partnerships opened its first fund in December 2004, and now represents 56 separate charitable groups from Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties and has more than $1,700,000 in total assets. Touting an impressive record of success – distributing more than $1,660,000 to local charities in its first five years – Foundation Board members praised the many volunteers who invest their time and energy helping others. The Foundation’s success is due in part to its efficient use of funds. In 2008, less than 3% of its budget was spent on administration, so that .97 cents on every dollar went for direct services.

“We strive to be good stewards of the donations we receive,” says Rick Lerner, Chairman and CEO of BankAnnapolis and Foundation board chair. As a testament to his commitment and competence, the Foundation suffered no investment losses in 2008. On average, community foundations lost 30% on their investments last year. The Foundation for Community Partnerships maintains compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, the highest standards in place today for U.S. community foundations.

“Our funds are probably better known than the Foundation itself,” comments Wayne Humphries, president. “Adopt-a-Bear, CASA, Partnering for Youth, Price Community Club, and Talbot Interfaith Shelter are just a few of the diverse charities under the Foundation’s umbrella.”

In this time of economic stress, a donation to the Foundation can make a huge impact on the community and make gift giving a lot easier! The Foundation encourages readers to visit the website www.creatinglegacies.org and give the gift of charity this holiday season. Donations can be made directly to the Foundation or to any one of its funds.

For more information, call (410) 758-6677 or visit www.creatinglegacies.org.