April 18, 2012
E&T in the Community
E&T "Gives Back" to the Maryland Food Bank
Ellin & Tucker’s Giving Back Committee volunteered at the Maryland Food Bank on Wednesday, April 18. Our team helped in the distribution center to pack assorted food kits, organize health and beauty kits, check expiration dates, and assisted with various other projects requiring completion at the distribution center.
Despite being very busy during tax season, Dan Thrailkill led our devoted team of helpers and coordinated the Giving Back Committee’s efforts.
The Maryland Food Bank’s Mission is to provide food to approximately 600,000 hungry Marylanders a week with the support of volunteers such as those from Ellin & Tucker.
April 15, 2012
E&T supports Ronald McDonald House's Red Shoe 5k
As a member of the Red Shoe Crew, Ellin and Tucker supervisor Cynthia Taylor organized our participation in the Ronald McDonald House’s inaugural 5k fundraiser. E&T was also one of the event’s corporate sponsors and showed our support for this great organization by running or walking the course as team “Bouncing Bean Counters”.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities is a non-profit corporation that relies on support in the form of time, talents, funds, and materials coming from individuals, businesses, fraternal, and community organizations. The compassion shown by their supporters has resulted in a haven that shelters families and sees them through a period of unthinkable stress.
Check out the Ronald McDonald House and Ellin & Tucker Facebook pages for pictures and additional details of the race.
December 19, 2011
E&T's Annual Giving Contest a Success
Ellin and Tucker employees contributed $3,130 to three charities during our 2nd annual “Cubicle Confinement for Charity” contest. This year’s “winning” partner was relocated from his nice office with a view of beautiful downtown Baltimore to a Mexican-themed cubicle.
Three partners volunteered to compete for contributions pledged to charities of their choosing. Reigning Cubicle Confinement champion, Meyer Wolman, returned and faced off against Joel Kaye and Todd Feuerman with the contestant receiving the most donation dollars being crowned on December 13th at our annual Holiday Party.
The competition was tight, until the final day when Joel Kaye took a commanding lead and is now confined to this special cubicle for the remainder of 2011. The real contest winners were the Casey Cares Foundation ($1,395 donated for Joel), the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ($1,075 contributed for Todd) and the Kennedy Krieger Institute ($660 donated for Meyer).
Please check out our Facebook page for great pictures of Joel’s temporary “home away from home.”
November 29, 2011
E&T's Giving Back Committee Host Dinner and Activity Hour at the Ronald McDonald House
Supervisor, Cynthia Taylor organized a group of 10 E&T volunteers to serve a county style dinner followed by a gingerbread house building activity. The menu included fried chicken, biscuits, vegetables and apple sauce.
In addition to Cynthia, the other volunteers included Jenny Shimshak, Tom Byers, Florence Solonche, Lisa Dempster, Beth Steffen, Jessica Andrews, Jennifer LeSage, Carly Brock and Kelly Randall.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore provides a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families, and helps to fund programs in the local area that directly improve the well-being of children.
November 21, 2011
E&T Volunteers team up with Towson University's Beta Alpha Psi
Staff accountant and current President of the Beta Alpha Psi at Towson University, Patty Kirchner asked E&T’s Giving Back Committee to join with members of Beta Alpha Psi to clean debris from a park and help make the Baltimore area waterways a little cleaner.
The event took place the morning of Saturday 11/19 in Parkville and was coordinated by Blue Water Baltimore. Carly Brock, Dan Thrailkill, and Zach Bromwell joined Patty and the Beta Alpha Psi team to clear an estimated 1000 pounds of trash and debris out of the watershed.
Sepember 16, 2011
E&T Contributes to the United Way of Central Maryland's Access to Healthy Food Initiative
Managing Director, Ed Brake, and Human Resource Coordinator, Barb Reilly, stopped by the United Way of Central Maryland’s office on Friday, September 16, to make a very generous gift to their Access to Healthy Food Initiative. E&T’s donation will make approximately 25,000 pounds of HEALTHY food available to low-income central Marylanders.
For more information about the UWCMD Access to Healthy Food Initiative, please check out our Facebook page and watch the following clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-F-Qp8Itaw
Sepember 5, 2011
E&T's Giving Back Committee Volunteers at the Baltimore Zoo
A hardy group of about 20 E&T professionals turned in their computers and pencils for clippers, rakes and work gloves to help clean up the Baltimore Zoo on Thursday, September 1.
Our group, which was led on this project by Jenelle Conaway, teamed up with the Zoo maintenance staff for a day of clearing weeds, trimming back bamboo plants and giving the Zoo grounds a little face lift. In true E&T fashion, our team went above and beyond expectations by completing a second major project that was not in the original plan.
There were a few cut fingers and sore backs after our work was completed, but everyone enjoyed themselves. Thanks to the Zoo maintenance staff for their on-site direction and Jenelle for keeping us organized. Check out pictures of the team at work on E&T’s Facebook page.
June 15, 2011
E&T Bikers Participate in the Bike MS: Chesapeake Challenge 2011 Event
On June 11 and June 12, Ellin & Tucker associates Stephanie McGuire, Zach Reichenbach, and Kim Fusco “accepted the challenge” and participated in the Bike MS: Chesapeake Challenge 2011 event. The event was held on the roads of Chestertown, Maryland and consisted of three different distance options – 30 mile, Metric Century (62.5 miles) and Century (100 miles).
Stephanie and Kim successfully completed the 30 mile route, and Zach completed the Metric Century distance in support of the National MS Society, Maryland Chapter. In addition to these individual accomplishments, E&T’s cycling group raised a total of $1,575 and was part of the 15 member “Team Bike HoCo”, which collected a total of $10,918 for the charity.
Congratulations to Stephanie, Zach and Kim!
June 4, 2011
E&T Committee Members Roll Up Sleeves at Historic Clifton Mansion
Ellin & Tucker's Giving Back Committee partnered with United Way of Central Maryland to help Civic Works maintain the grounds of the historic Clifton Mansion located in Clifton Park.
On June 4th Committee members, led by Jose Zambrano (our Landscaping Event Chairperson), gathered at Civic Works headquarters at Clifton Mansion to dig flower beds, plant flowers, put down mulch and trim back bushes and trees.
Ellin & Tucker manager, Jared Rosen, serves on the Board of Civic Works, which was founded in 1993 with a mission to build a future for Baltimore's youth through community service and skills development. Since its inception, Civic Works has trained and assisted more than 2,500 Baltimore area participants in performing community service projects, developing job readiness and life skills, and finding employment.
After completing the project, Jose took the time to share a few thoughts with our hard working group….
"On behalf of the Giving Back Committee, I would like to personally thank everyone who contributed your time and hard work at The Clifton Mansion. This could have not been a success without your participation, again, thanks for donating your time.
I took some before and after pictures for you to see the major transformation our team was able to accomplish in just a few hours. The staff at Civic Works had nothing but praises to the discipline, organization and hard work of our group."
For great pictures from Clifton Mansion visit E&T's Facebook page.
January 7, 2011
Holiday Fundraiser Cubicle Confinement for Charity a Big Success
Ellin & Tucker's Giving Back Committee thought "outside the box" – literally and figuratively – when developing a contest for this holiday season. In an effort to have fun and raise money for charity, E&T employees selected (through cash donations) one of our partners to enjoy the luxuries of the cubicle work life for the first week of January.
In total, Ellin & Tucker's team raised over $3,100 in personal donations. Our donations were split and donated to the organization designated by the 3 participating partners - the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Our participating partners were Hal Hackerman, Steve Manekin and Meyer Wolman. As announced at our Holiday Office Party, Meyer Wolman "won" the contest and is currently finishing up his week of cubicle confinement.
For great pictures of Meyer's cubicle for the week, visit E&T's Facebook page.
December 27, 2010
Holiday Giving Program and Woodbourne's Gift Giving Extravaganza
Ellin & Tucker's Giving Back Committee selected The Woodbourne Center for this year's Holiday Giving Program.
The Committee, which was lead by Jose Zambrano and Judy Garcia this year, started the program by requesting and received each child's Holiday "wish list". Gift descriptions were written on tree ornaments and hung on E&T's lobby Christmas tree. Employees picked gift items and head to the stores. Employee participation was overwhelming with all the gifts ornaments pulled from our tree in addition to cash contributions. Judy and her special elves wrapped all of our presents.
On December 16 in Woodbourne's gym, a team of Ellin & Tucker employees (including Steve King, Susan Keller, Jason Grove, Jose Zambrano, Shelly Bell, and Jessica Andrews) delivered donated souvenirs from the Baltimore Orioles along with all of E&T's holiday presents. The event featured music and food, but the best moment came when the children opened their presents at the same time.
Jose mentioned that "our team was moved when the children read poems; played guitar, keyboards, and the drums; took pictures with us; and especially when they thanked us."
Woodbourne is a private nonprofit organization that has been a refuge for Maryland's neglected children for more than two centuries. Their mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of young people and their families. This is accomplished by providing high-quality, safe, and cost-effective mental health and educational services. Woodbourne strives to give children the tools and skills they need to return to their homes and communities.
For great pictures from Woodbourne "Gift Giving Extravaganza", visit E&T's Facebook page.
November 16, 2010
E&T's Team Runs for Marian House
A group of 15 employees, friends and family members participated in Marian House’s second annual 5K RUN, WALK AND TALK event on Saturday, October 9. In addition to the financial support our group contributed to the Marian House’s mission, our team enjoyed the festive neighborhood celebration as they worked their way around Lake Montebello.
Marian House is a housing and support services program located in the Better Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore City. It is an independent, non-profit organization offering effective, long-term support to women who were previously homeless and/or who are referred by drug treatment centers, correctional agencies, emergency shelters and domestic violence programs.
November 16, 2010
Giving Back Committee lends a hand for Sandtown Habitat for Humanity
On October 29, E&T's Giving Back Committee organized a group of 15 to 20 volunteers to spend the day assisting Sandtown Habitat for Humanity with various projects in downtown Baltimore. Our group was divided into three teams that worked to frame a house in the beginning stages of renovation, remove debris, install two backyard fences, and put the finishing touches on a house that was nearing completion.
Sandtown Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization located in West Baltimore with the purpose of rebuilding the vacant housing in Sandtown, increasing homeownership, and improving the health of the community.
Mike Lawrence, from E&T's FVS Group helped organize our volunteer effort and had this to say at the end of the day."Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and appreciated the giving back aspect of our work. We met some good people and were fortunate enough to learn some new skills that may ultimately prove useful in our own lives."
November 16, 2010
Ed Brake Chosen as Good Scout - Distinguished Citizen Award Recipient
At a special breakfast on October 20, 2010, Edwin R. Brake, Managing Director of Ellin & Tucker, Chartered was honored with this year’s Baltimore County Good Scout – Distinguished Citizen Award. Each year the Baltimore Area Council selects an individual who exemplifies the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America’s Scout Oath and Law in their daily life. The recipient is chosen for their outstanding community service, as evidenced by the interest and leadership they have given to many worthwhile organizations.
A group of more than 100 business and community leaders were in attendance to help honor Mr. Brake for his continued leadership in the Baltimore community. Ed remarked that he was accepting the award on behalf of Ellin & Tucker, Chartered because throughout the firm’s history, our leaders have been dedicated to improving our community. In addition, Ed thanked his family and many friends for their support.