Letters to the Editor - Nov. 26

November 26, 2011

Thanks to all who made fundraiser a success

To the editor:

The Doleman Black Heritage Museum Inc. would like to thank the community for the outpouring of support received this year. Our major annual fall fundraiser — A Masquerade Ball with a Cotton Club Twist — was a great success and, thanks to your support, we are proud to announce that we have exceeded our goal of $5,000. The Friends of DBHM are working toward making next year’s fall fundraising event even more spectacular.

First, a debt of gratitude to Sen. Joanne C. Benson and Del. John  P. Donoghue, and representatives for U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski (Julianna Albowicz) and Benjamin Cardin (Robin Summerfield) for coming out in support of this event. Without the continued support of these elected officials, grant funding would not have been possible for the creation of the new mobile exhibits.

Our hats off to Chip and Tammy Coblentz, the chef and staff of Cortland Mansion, for making this event its best ever. The venue and food was prepared to the letter of our specification, and the service was impeccable.

A special thank you to event sponsors Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Event Site Services LLC, Youngblood Studios, Howard’s Art Supplies and Nuvue Creative. Also to program participants Cathy Parson, Herb Hardin, Terri Fleetwood, Wendi Perry, Rosemary Doleman-Lucas and Sonny Doleman; to Kathleen Maher, for her assistance with the IMLS grant and exhibit unveiling; and to DBHM partners Adna Fulton and the Agnita Stine-Schreiber Foundation.

Table sponsors were Antietam Cable, Conservit, Dr. Monica Stallworth, the Dority Family, AC&T, P. Harris & Associates, Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Linda Smith, Rosemary Doleman-Lucas, City of Hagerstown, Washington County Commissioners, Wendi Perry, Paul Muldowney, Vincent Groh and National Golden Tissue.

A heartfelt thank you to the Friends of the DBHM, Marcia Saunders, Linda Smith, Jayne Price, Wendi Perry, Dayna Dority, Charles Smith, Sylvia Bell, Brandi Bove, Ivory Mann, Tamara Doleman, Debbie Singleton, Lisa Doub and Marlene Cox. Without your dedication and support, this event could not have happened. In addition, to those of you who donated tickets and to all who purchased tickets and came out to support this worthy cause, we say thank you.

Alesia Parson-McBean

Letter mischaracterized Hagerstown Home Store

To the editor:

As president of the Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership (HNDP), I feel I must respond to Kristin Aleshire’s letter to the editor in which he suggested that HNDP, the Greater Hagerstown Committee (GHC) and the Hagerstown/Washington County Industrial Foundation (CHIEF) are somehow interconnected, participating in shady, back-room dealings, involving lots of public money. Nothing could be further from the truth.

HNDP is a nonprofit community development corporation, independent of any other nonprofit or government agency. We are not a “spin-off” of another organization. HNDP’s board meetings are open to the public. Our purpose is clearly defined and our track record includes significant participation in major projects in downtown Hagerstown: the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, the Washington County Transit Bus Transfer Center and the Washington County Free Library.

Our board of directors includes many residents of the City of Hagerstown, as required in our bylaws, and no one on the board receives compensation for their service. We have no connection to the GHC or to CHIEF other than a desire to promote successful redevelopment in Hagerstown.  

HNDP’s funding sources are numerous and diverse. We receive no contributions from GHC or CHIEF. In fact, our budget is quite lean. Contrary to Mr. Aleshire’s assertion, HNDP did not sell real estate to the county at an inflated price.

Haven’t heard of HNDP? That’s because we’re known as the Hagerstown Home Store. Yes, the very same Home Store that’s helped thousands of first-time homebuyers, renters and households facing foreclosure.

Joe Marschner
President, Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership

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