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The Optimist of Tall Timbers, Second District would like to recognize and thank businesses and individuals for generous donations to our 4th annual fall festival. Because of these donations, we were able to host more than 400 people with indoor/outdoor games, demonstrations and raise money for two great charities. It is the objective of the Optimist clubs to raise money and provide for kids of the community. With most of our proceeds supporting Camp Inspire (a camp for autistic children) and a local youth battling leukemia, we achieved this Optimist vision.

The following people and businesses made our October 2012 festival an extreme success: A&G Electric, Drs. Amin and Strouth, AVIAN Engineering, Bailey’s Party Rentals, Beacon Liquors, Billy Sonntag, Blazer Enterprises, Bob’s Sunoco, Buddy and Joyce Owens, Caitie Bowes, Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Chesapeake Wholesalers, Corporate Companion 1, D’s Outdoor Supply, Danny and Donna O’Connor, Deagle Decoys, Linda Dean, Debbie Sherman, Dent’s Market, Donnie Poe, Donny Burch, Dyson Lumber, Joe Evans, Emily Ford, Fiber Plus, Sarah Fitzgerald, G&H, Hands to you, Julie and James Hudson, International Beverage, JF Taylor Inc., Joseph V. Stone Jr. Insurance, Juday Performing Arts, Kay Adley, Laura Pitzer, Liz Walter, Mark & Bonnie Bowes, McKay’s Food, Mike Norris, Mr. Bennett’s Gun Shop, Bob and Pat Bowes, Pepperoni’s, Quality Street Kitchen & Catering, R.G Mattingly Excavating, Ray & Anne Tiburzi, Richard and Jane Wise, Rick Meatyard, Rob Seltzer, Second District Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Simms Insurance Agency, St. Mary’s Ducks Unlimited, St. Mary’s Lighting, St. Mary’s States Attorney, Sunshine Catering, T&T Port-o-let, T.N. Bowes Heating and Air Conditioning, Tackle Box, Tommy and Joy Bowes, Tri-County Glass, Wayne and Lisa Goddard, Winters Sheet Metal, Amy Gelfand (Thirty one), Angela Horn (Lia Sophia Jewelry), Tall Timbers Marina, Outback, Olive Garden, Chic-fil-A, Bella Salon, Bushwood Custom Baits, Cindy Booth (Silpada Designs Jewelry), Lisa Ledman (Ditty Bug Designs), Donna Mattingly and Betsy Fritz (Handcrafted Jewelry), Donna DeFrancis, Dorothy Brown (Scentsy), Lynnetta Babuchiwski (Dottie’s Dips), Lisa Bowen (Pampered Chef), Tackle Box, Trading Post, Steven Guy, and Lisa Reese (Arbonne).

To find out more about Optimist of Tall Timbers, please click on our web site If you are interested in helping the kids of the community, please call me at 301-994-0985 to join our club.

Bonnie Bowes, Valley Lee

The writer is president of Optimist of Tall Timbers, Second District.