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Enclave Business Society reaches out with football party

Organization's goal is to support business and economic growth

August 21, 2010|By DAN DEARTH
  • Sid DeShield brings in a one-handed catch as he plays catch Saturday with Tyler Ashkettle at a football kickoff party fundraiser in Hagerstown.
Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

The Enclave Business Society introduced itself to the Hagerstown community Saturday by holding a football party for the youths of Washington County.

"It's just to let Hagerstown know we're here and trying to do some things for the community," said Wayne Sutphin, president of the Enclave Business Society. "The football season is just starting, so it was natural to have a football theme."

Sutphin said the organization will move into its new digs at 17 W. Washington St. behind The Plum restaurant next month. The organization's goal is to support business and economic growth in Hagerstown, as well as provide opportunities for businesses to grow so that the community as a whole becomes economically successful, he said.

On Saturday, dozens of people, particularly players from the Washington County Junior Football League, gathered behind The Plum to listen to music, eat hamburgers and hot dogs, and participate in a football trivia contest. The event lasted from 1 to 8 p.m.

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"It seems like a positive event," said Fred DeShield, coach of the Hagerstown Saints, a junior league team comprised of third- and fourth-graders. "I'd like to see the community support it."

Randy Franklin, vice president of the Enclave Business Society, said the organization also has a youth foundation that teaches high school students entrepreneurial skills and the importance of pursuing a college education.

"We want our youth to come back to this area and start a business," he said. "We want them to come back and contribute to the community."

Franklin said although he majored in theology at Liberty University and Sutphin majored in psychology at the University of Virginia, both men know about business by running their own.

"Some have failed, but many have succeeded," he said. "We teach through experience."

Sutphin said the Enclave Business Society supports local athletics and will give awards in late October or early November to Washington County's best defensive, offensive and academic football players.

"They have to be in good academic standing and no legal troubles," he said. "We're looking for well-rounded students."

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For more information on the Enclave Business Society, go to http://enclavebusinesssociety.org

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