Mayor and Council



   For the meeting on:

  February 4, 2013
   Department:   Recreation and Parks
   Division:  Community Services
   Responsible staff:  Carlos Aparicio, Community Services Manager
  phone: 240-314-8303
  CAparicio@rockvillemd.gov


Subject
Recognition of Major Donors and Partners of the City of Rockville's Holiday Drive

Recommendation
Present plaques to "Distinguished Donors" and Certificates of Appreciation to Partners" and "Major Donors."

Discussion

As a result of generous contributions from 132 individuals and businesses, more than $50,000 in food, cash, toys, and gift cards was raised for the 2012 Rockville Holiday Drive. These contributions, and the hard work of many volunteers, enabled the City to distribute Thanksgiving food baskets to 516 Rockville households and to treat 104 Rockville seniors to a Thanksgiving dinner.

In December, 215 teens received a gift card to a local retailer and 204 seniors and households without children received a gift card to a local grocery store. Toys from the City’s annual Toy Shop were given to 939 younger children. In addition, the Family Sponsorship Program matched 59 Rockville families with sponsors who provided food and gifts tailored to each family’s specific needs.

Manna Food Center, Rockville Church of Christ, Montrose Baptist Church, CAS & Associates, Inc. and St. Mary’s Church served as partners for the distribution of Thanksgiving baskets. More than 120 community volunteers assisted by packing and distributing Thanksgiving food boxes. Several Rockville schools (including Robert Frost Middle School, Christ Episcopal School, Maryvale Elementary School, Franklin Montessori, Richard Montgomery High School, St. Mary’s School, Children's Manor Montessori School, Lakewood Elementary School and College Gardens Elementary School) conducted major food and toy drives. Robert Frost Middle School also donated the proceeds of its annual Turkey Trot, a 1.5 mile race at the school that supports the Holiday Drive.

More than 230 community volunteers donated more than 400 hours to assist during the November and December distributions to pack boxes, decorate, wrap, chaperone families during the City's Toy Shop, and in delivering gifts and gift cards to homebound families.

Mayor and Council History
The City has coordinated the Holiday Drive for more than 40 years. It has been the Mayor and Council's custom to recognize major donors at a meeting following the holidays.

Attachments
Attachment A is a list of all of the Holiday Drive donors and partners who have been invited to the February 4 recognition by the Mayor and Council. Staff is still awaiting RSVP's. A final list of the donors and partners who will be attending will be provided prior to the Mayor and Council meeting. Attachment A - Holiday Drive Donors and Partners Receiving Certificates.pdfAttachment A - Holiday Drive Donors and Partners Receiving Certificates.pdf

Department Head:



Christine Henry, Acting Director of Recreation and Parks
Approved on: 01/28/2013

City Manager:

Barbara B. Matthews, City Manager
Approved on: 01/29/2013