November 2016

This organization was near and dear to our hearts for a variety of reasons. First, one of our members, Jim Kantowski, is one of the founders of the non-profit, which donates 100% of the proceeds from their annual event to support the Cancer Survivorship Programs within the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center.  Second, cancer has affected each and every one of our lives, so the cause was indeed a worthy one!


This year, Thrive! helped raise $1550 for Justin Gibbon's boat, Dark N Stormy. Justin volunteered the use of his boat, the entry fee, and fuel to support the cause.  


This is another way that Thrive! Arundel supports our community!  To learn more about this group, visit:  https://www.fishforacure.org/



Annapolis, MD 

March 5, 2016:  Members of the local business group, THRIVE! Arundel donated their time, money and efforts to make a pancake breakfast for the residents of The Lighthouse Homeless Prevention Shelter located at 10 Hudson Street. 

Thrive! Arundel is a fresh, new community of local professionals that are dedicated to building their business through a strong referral network and supporting the communities in which we live and work.  The organization has Business to Consumer groups and will soon be launching a Business to Business group.  In addition, the group promotes industry specific educational events for Real Estate Professionals.

“We choose one local charity, each quarter, and donate our time and/or money to contribute to their needs.  The Lighthouse was our first choice this year because of the tremendous impact their organization has on the local Annapolis community,” commented THRIVE! Arundel Executive Director, Suzanne Ratti.  Members arrived at 6:00 am to prepare the pancake breakfast.  One of the members even assembled yogurt parfaits at home, with the help of his children.  

In addition to providing a shelter for homeless individuals and families, last year, the Lighthouse distributed over 45,000 bagged lunches, 19,000 articles of clothing and 4,800 bags of groceries.  Donations go to those who are homeless, or who are at risk of becoming homeless.  The Light House recognizes that to end the cycle of homelessness, people need to have sustainable employment skills that will allow them to make a living wage so they can afford permanent housing. To reach that goal The Light House developed a 16 week employment curriculum, Building Employment Success Training (B.E.S.T.), a paid internship training program that includes soft skills training and hands-on training in Culinary Arts, Facilities Maintenance and Landscaping. 

For more information on The Lighthouse Homeless Prevention Shelter, please visit:  www.annapolislighthouse.org

August 2017

Members of Thrive! Arundel assisted the staff at the South River Health & Rehab Center in throwing a "Senior Prom" for the residents.   The residents dressed up to enjoy music from the 40s & 50s.  Thrive! Members served the guests refreshments, danced, posed for photos, and even provided each resident with a corsage to commemorate the event!  

3rd qtr 2016:  THE SPCA of anne arundel county - Over 1000 pounds of dog food!

March 2017

For the second year in a row, members of THRIVE! Arundel donated their time and efforts to The Lighthouse Homeless Prevention Shelter located at 10 Hudson Street. This year, the group provided over 100 bagged lunches.  The Lighthouse distributes the bagged lunches daily to residents and anyone in the community who is in need of food. We provide a bagged lunch at any time if someone walks through our doors hungry.

In addition to providing a shelter for homeless individuals and families, last year, the Lighthouse distributed over 45,000 bagged lunches, 19,000 articles of clothing and 4,800 bags of groceries.  Donations go to those who are homeless, or who are at risk of becoming homeless.  The Light House recognizes that to end the cycle of homelessness, people need to have sustainable employment skills that will allow them to make a living wage so they can afford permanent housing. To reach that goal The Light House developed a 16 week employment curriculum, Building Employment Success Training (B.E.S.T.), a paid internship training program that includes soft skills training and hands-on training in Culinary Arts, Facilities Maintenance and Landscaping. 

For more information on The Lighthouse Homeless Prevention Shelter, please visit:  www.annapolislighthouse.org

2nd qtr 2017:  the wellness house - painted a fence and assisted with annual picnic

q1 2016:  THE LIGHTHOUSE HOMELESS PREVENTION SHELTER

On Thursday, April 21, Thrive! Arundel hosted a fundraiser at The Greene Turtle in Annapolis, MD. Thrive! members (and their children) raised awareness for the cause and $237.22 in one evening, based on the proceeds from sales that evening.  


Each year, nearly 200,000 people in America receive the life-altering diagnosis of breast cancer. In Maryland, more than 4,000 families cope with that reality annually. Founded in 2002, The Red Devils is a 501 (c) (3) organization based in Baltimore whose mission is to fund services that improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families.

For more information on The Red Devils, please visit: http://www.the-red-devils.org/about-us/

CHARITABLE CAUSES


THRIVE! Arundel believes that business is about more than just business.  It's supporting your local community in ways that have meaningful impact.  Each quarter, the group selects a charity, in our local community, that we can assist.  The goal is to give back to the community, build comraderie, and have fun too!  


Our small group has been able to accomplish big things and make a difference in our community!

1st qtr 2017:  bagged lunches for lighthouse homeless shelter

4th qtr 2016:  fish for a cure - $1550

q2 2016:  THE RED DEVILS 

June 2017

In June, Thrive! Arundel members helped a local treasure, The Wellness House.  Members donated their time to washing the entrance fence to prepare for the fairy garden, being constructed by one of the children associated with The Wellness House.


Several members also helped set up and decorate for the annual picnic and volunteer party.  This event celebrates those who volunteer throughout the year to support The Wellness House.  So, our members allowed those volunteers to enjoy the day!


The Wellness House of Annapolis provides free services and programs to those who have been touched by cancer. From support groups for children, teens, and adults to healthy living services such as yoga, reiki, meditation, and therapeutic art classes, our goal is to help you and your loved ones find the strength and support you need to focus on recovery and healing.


For more information, visit: www.annapoliswellnesshouse.org


Here is the story of Gemma Love, the 3rd grader who donated the Fairy Garden to The Wellness House!

November 2017

Once again members of Thrive! Arundel participated in this worthy cause to raise money for the Decesaris Cancer Institute at the Anne Arundel Medical Center. 


A generous donor gave Thrive! Arundel 4 tickets to the Navy Football home game opener which we raffled away to kick off our fundraising efforts.  Each Thrive! member was also responsible for selling 10 raffle tickets!  It was a real team effort!  The lucky winner was Marisol Burns!  Family, friends, and colleagues also donated to our team boat, Dark & Stormy, to raise $2355, which surpassed last year's amount by over $800!  This boat, captained by Justin Gibbons, was generously donated for the cause and the crew braved frigid conditions to compete in the tournament.


During the actual fishing tournament, the team caught a contender for the fishing tournament, but it wasn't enough to win the big prize. 


This is another example of how Thrive! members give back to our community!  Won't you consider donating to our boat next year?  LIKE us on Facebook and we'll post details soon for next year's event and fundraising activities!

3rd qtr 2017:  a senior prom for South River Health and Rehabilitation Center

​​July 15, 2016

​During the month of June, Thrive! members led a Dog Food Drive for the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.  On July 15, Thrive! members were proud to deliver over 1,000 pounds of dog food to the local organization.

"The purpose of the drive was two-fold.  The SPCA. provides dog food to local families in need.  Many families and elderly people have to choose between feeding the family or their pet and that is just not a fair choice.  So, the SPCA provides food to those families so that they never have to make that decision," said Suzanne Ratti, Thrive! Arundel Executive Director.  "Our entire team really pitched in and got the word out!"  

There were 3 SUVs full of food and treats delivered.  A local vet also provided puppy packets with a free vet visit!  Others showed their support by writing checks.  Over $300 in cash donations were also provided. 

There are many ways to support the work of the SPCA. For over ninety years they have worked for the humane care of animals in Anne Arundel County. They rely on the generosity of people to provide shelter and humane care to the many homeless animals in our community.   http://www.aacspca.org/



4th qtr 2017:  fish 4 a cure - to benefit the DeCesaris Cancer Institute at AAMC.  Raised $2355