Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

CareFirst donates $25,000 to nonprofit

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Nonprofit Ministries United Silver Spring⁄Takoma Park (MUSST) has received a $25,000 contribution from insurance group BlueCross BlueShield’s CareFirst initiative. The award will be targeted to provide prescription medication for patients with chronic heart disease, mental illness and diabetes.

‘‘They’re a worthwhile organization that will further our goals of improving health care access, affordability and quality of health care,” said Michael Sullivan, a spokesman with BlueCross BlueShield.

Sullivan said MUSST was chosen through an application process because it was an organization that fit with the objectives of CareFirst. The funding will allow MUSST to increase how much it is able to provide Silver Spring and Takoma Park residents, from $100 to $500 for prescription drugs per person annually.

MUSST, located at 8818 Georgia Ave., works with local congregations, the county and other service groups in providing financial assistance to low-income families. Call 301-495-4699.

Building industryassociation honored

Staff and volunteer members of the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association, based in Silver Spring, were recognized and honored by the NAHB Executive Officers Council with three excellence awards for ‘‘best in the nation” programs and services developed and offered by the MNCBIA. Awards were presented in Long Beach, Calif, at the annual National Association of Home Builders’ 2007 Executive Officers Council Seminar in August.

In the category of Best Governmental Affairs Lobbying Program Administered, the MNCBIA won for its ‘‘Legislative Day in Annapolis.” The event allows the residential building industry to weigh in on legislative proposals.

In the category of Best Service Delivered to Members, the MNCBIA won for its new ‘‘Builders Connections-The Ultimate in Associate Networking” event that provides associate members the opportunity to meet MNCBIA builder members.

In the category of Best Communication to Members-Newsletters & Newspapers Published, the MNCBIA won for its Community Builders quarterly newsletter that highlights charitable and environmental contributions to the community by the building industry.

Baltimore-Washington chamber to host events

A seminar titled ‘‘How To Negotiate With Bullies and Nut Cases Successfully” and sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will be held 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 7 in the chamber office, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel. The event will feature Philip Marcus. Cost is $20 for nonmembers; prepaid members $10. For information, call 301-725-4000, 410-792-9714 or e-mail bwcc@baltwashchamber.org.

An introduction to the Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will be held 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 in the chamber office, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel. Free. For more information, call 301-725-4000, 410-792-9714 or e-mail bwcc@baltwashchamber.org.

County chamber hosts upcoming events

An introductory breakfast for the county chamber will be held 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. today at Lockheed Martin, 9321 Corporate Blvd., Rockville. For nonmembers and members who bring a nonmember guest. Free. To register, call 301-738-0015.

A new member orientation for the county chamber will be held 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 6 in the county chamber board room, 51 Monroe St., Suite 1800, Rockville.

The county chamber will hold its Business Awards Gala Nov. 14 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda.

For more information or to register for any of these events, contact Dana Mascali at 301-738-0015, ext. 241 or dmascali@montgomerycountychamber.com.

Rockville chamberhosts breakfast

A breakfast sponsored by Rockville Chamber of Commerce will be held 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Theo’s Restaurant, 2415 Wootton Parkway, Rockville. Cost is $20 for nonmembers; $15 for members; $25 at the door. To register, visit www.rockvillechamber.org or call 301-424-9300.

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