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Washington County Business Awards winners get red-carpet treatment

Boys & Girls Club honored for second straight year

Boys & Girls Club honored for second straight year

February 28, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN - It was an event to honor nine winners, but everyone got the star treatment Wednesday at the ninth annual Washington County Business Awards.

The black tie-optional, Academy Awards-themed event, titled "When the Stars Come Out," featured a fancy reception at Duffy's on Potomac, a red carpet leading into The Maryland Theatre and Oscar-style golden statues for the winners.

Guests networked as they sipped champagne provided by sponsor Hagerstown Trust and, after the awards, enjoyed a presentation by the political satire group "The Capital Steps."

Even the awards presentation had a touch of Hollywood. The nominees were announced through short video clips produced by After Five Productions of Williamsport.

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The audience cheered especially loudly for the video clips of Cosmic Pet Products, winner of the Made in Washington County Award.

The Hagerstown business produces the world's leading brand of catnip, which it exports to Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia and the Middle East, according to the video presentation.

Another highlight of the presentation was the addition of the Non-Profit Impact Award, which includes a $1,000 award donated by the Community Foundation of Washington County.

For the second year in a row, that honor went to The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.

The nonprofit youth organization, based on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown, works to create a sense of usefulness, belonging and competence in young people to inspire them to reach their full potential as citizens, according to the video presentation.

Last year, the organization served about 6,000 children, executive director Jim Deaner said.

"Its a great opportunity for us in Washington County to do something to help them improve themselves and their lives," Deaner said.

Winning the award for the second year in a row was a "great honor," he said. "It's because of everyone in the community who works with us and helps us to develop our program for the kids," he said.

Finalists for the awards were selected from hundreds of nominations, organizers said.

The event was co-hosted by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

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