The Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce announced its new president and honored hometown heroes at its annual charter night Wednesday.
The event, which was held at the Double Tree by Hilton in Pikesville, honored the Community Crisis Center, Baltimore County Police Franklin Precinct and Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company.
Each honoree had a chance to speak, and each thanked the community right back.
"We are truly blessed in Baltimore County to have the level of support we have," said Lt. Stephen Doarnberger, assistant commander of the Baltimore County Franklin Precinct, who plans to retire in May.
Michele Crumbacker, president of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company, acknowledged that without the joint efforts of community organizations, her company would not have grown the way it did.
“We have gone from horse-drawn carriages… to be able to purchase almost million-dollar pieces of equipment,” she said. The fire company celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
Ed Hartman, executive director of the Community Crisis Center, said community support is a huge part of how his organization can help people with homelessness prevention, food, utility assistance and other services.
"As a nonprofit, we depend on the folk in this room to help meet our mission," he said.
But the night was not all serious. Capt. Matthew McElwee was able to give Doarnberger's 37-year career a humorous spin.
“I’m not saying he’s old, but I’m saying I was 7-years-old when he started,” McElwee said.
The chamber also introduced Colleen Brady, its newly hired president. She spoke about her background, which includes counseling, sales, marketing and owning a small business on Reisterstown’s Main Street, and her goals for the chamber.
“My greatest passion comes from helping others to achieve their best,” she said.
Scroll through our photo gallery to see who was honored and what they said. Read our story on Colleen Brady, the new ROMG Chamber president.