Business Briefs - Dec. 18

December 18, 2011

LJ’s & The Kat Lounge

LJ’s & The Kat Lounge was named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for the top 100 restaurants in the United States that specialize in American food.

The list of winners is derived from more than 10 million reviews submitted by Open-Table diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Five Maryland restaurants made the list, including Volt in Frederick, Md., and three in Baltimore.

Based on feedback collected from OpenTable diners between November 2010 and October 2011, the 100 award-winning restaurants received the highest scores.

Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County, Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County, Pa., recently released results of the 2011 Building Hope Giveaway.

Franklin County Career & Technology students, led by instructor Todd Swan, constructed a gazebo from scratch and donated it to Habitat to use as a fundraiser. The gazebo was on display all summer at Lowe’s in Chambersburg, and various businesses throughout Franklin County helped sell $10 tickets for an opportunity to win it.

Habitat received corporate sponsorships for the fundraiser from 1st Home Mortgage; 1st National Bank of Mercersburg, Pa.; Brechbill & Helman; Carter Lumber; Exit Preferred Realty; F&M Trust; Fuddruckers, Graphics Universal; Lowe’s of Chambersburg, Shippensburg, Pa., and Waynesboro, Pa.; Mortgage Network; Patriot Federal Credit Union; Preferred Choice Settlement; Smith/Elliott/Kearns; State Farm — David Stauffer and Tracy Rush; Susquehanna Bank; Tower Bank; and Walker/Connor/Spang.

The winner was Lynn Hostelter of Chambersburg.

The fundraiser brought in several thousand dollars for Habitat’s mission to provide safe, decent and affordable housing in Franklin County.


The American Heart Association recognized Citi as the top fundraising team for the Mason Dixon Heart and Stroke Walk, which was held Sept. 25.

Citi raised more than $20,300 for the 2011 event. The company had a 163 percent increase in team income over the previous year. That represented the largest individual team increase from one year to the next since the Mason Dixon Heart & Stroke Walks began in 1994.

A total of 174 walkers from Citi raised money for the Mason Dixon Heart and Stroke Walk. That represented a 400 percent increase in employee participation over the previous year.

In addition to being a top fundraising team, Citi was also the top corporate sponsor of the event.

Citi also was recognized this year by the American Heart Association as a 2011 Fit-Friendly Company for its commitment to Citi’s employees’ health and wellness.

At the walk, Citi employee Ronette Davis received a Lifestyle Change Award in recognition of an individual who makes positive changes to improve his or her cardiovascular health.

In January 2011, Davis began working out five days a week, and began teaching Zumba classes at Citi and at her church. She increased the amount of fruits and vegetables she ate each day while decreasing portion sizes. So far, Davis has lost 50 pounds.

Overall, the Mason Dixon Heart and Stroke Walk raised $133,400 to support the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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