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Since its inception in 1997, the Catholic Business Network of Prince George’s County (CBN-PG) seeks to help create a dynamic presence in the business community. CBN-PG is proud to support and help sustain the good works of our Catholic elementary schools, high schools and religious education programs through the County.

In addition to monthly networking breakfast meetings, annual fundraising events including the annual Awards Celebration & Gala and our popular CBN-PG Crab Feast and other networking opportunities and events, the Catholic community in Prince George’s County has indeed been made richer by the support, stewardship, service and generosity of the Catholic Business Network.

Board of Directors

  • Ann O'Hare
  • Father James Day
  • John Kincaid, Jr.
  • John McGuirk
  • Kathleen Brown
  • Renee Green

Cap Mona Establishes Scholarship Fund at 14th Annual Awards Celebration

Click here to view all photos. Photo credits: Irving Harris Photography.

Vincent “Cap” Mona astonished over 200 attendees at CBN-PG’s 14th Annual Awards Celebration, Monday, April 30, at the Marriott Greenbelt. During his acceptance speech as Hometown Hero, he pledged $100,000 toward scholarships.

Mona’s generosity set the stage for a successful evening honoring volunteers, business partners, and Catholic schools and students. For a program book with all of the details, including sponsors, underwriters, volunteer and business partner bios, and winning scholarship essays, click here. As the primary fund-raiser for CBN-PG’s year-round giving, the Awards Celebration was the most successful to date and raises the bar for future events.

Businesses and Schools as Marketing Partners

april-2012-Businesses and schools as marketing partners-1Wendi Williams of the Archdiocese of Washington at the April 20, 2012 CBN-PG Networking Breakfast.Wendi Williams, (pictured,) Director of School Marketing and Advancement for the Archdiocese, told all at the April 20 Breakfast that businesses and schools must join forces to effectively market Catholic education.

Williams is former President of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce. She applies business marketing practices to advise schools about meeting new challenges and remaining viable.
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Mary Hawkins, Principal of Holy Family School, with CBN-PG President Heather Gossart Mary Hawkins, principal of Holy Family School, reported that her last CBN-PG grant helped initiate a $30,000 fund for a new gym floor. Upon receiving this month’s grant, she pledged that it would be used toward renovations to the school’s music room. Mary is pictured with CBN-PG President Heather Gossart.

Spring Arrives with New Members

Kim Johnson of the ADW Office of Youth Ministry at the CBN-PG Breakfast 3/16/12Several new members introduced themselves and their businesses at the March Networking Breakfast. The meeting was sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry, which comprises more than just CYO.

Erin Johnson, (pictured,) explained that in addition to athletics, the office aims to connect young people with God and the Church by offering retreats and a wide variety of activities.

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Mary Ellen Hrutka of the MidAtlantic Catholic Schools Consortium and Heather Gossart, President of CBN-PG at the 3/16/12 Networking BreakfastIn a special appeal, Mary Ellen Hrutka of the MidAtlantic Catholic Schools Consortium urged members to support SB 844 and HB 1216, now under consideration in Annapolis. This legislation would partner businesses with the state and schools through tax credits, as outlined by the Maryland Catholic Conference. Mary Ellen is pictured on the left with CBN-PG President Heather Gossart.

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Luigi DeGennaro, Josh Stueve and Stephanie Solari

Healing and hope at February Breakfast

Although the February CBN-PG breakfast began on a sad note with the announcement that President Tony Laubach has stepped down for health reasons, there also was much to celebrate with the announcement of two new leadership members and a bevy of first-time guests, many of whom indicated a desire to join the organization.

February’s speaker was Joshua Stueve, of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, who is pictured with CBN-PG Treasurer Luigi DeGennaro and the morning’s MC, Stephanie Solari . He talked about the “high tech and high touch” care the center provides to treat the invisible wounds of war to the active member military. Located on the grounds of Walter Reed Bethesda is a cutting edge facility providing interdisciplinary, holistic patient and family-centered assessment and healing.
Bishop McNamara High School received the $1250 grant which will be used for their Bridge of Hope. This program helps students remain at McNamara for their last year when their families have fallen on hard times. St. Matthias School’s name was drawn to receive the $250 award to for bringing potential members as guests to the meeting.

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Alan Hay of the Catholic Standard draws a scholarship winner with Stephanie Solari

Amid a flurry of networking, scholarship winners from the county Catholic schools were drawn. Winners’ names will be publicized after each school is notified, and scholarships will be presented at the CBN-PG 14th Annual Celebration and Auction on April 30. Pictured on the right is Alan Hay of The Catholic Standard, a CBN-PG Leadership Member, and Stephanie Solari of Washington Wise.

feb-2012-Healing and hope at February Breakfast-3St. Vincent Pallotti crew receive March’s grant check.Grant recipient St. Vincent Pallotti High School will use the $1250 for scholarship assistance. An additional $250 was awarded to St. Matthias School for bringing prospective members. Pictured are Nina Gass, Kris Weaver and Rick Diggs from Pallotti, receiving March’s grant check from CBN-PG President Heather Gossart.

CBN-PG announces Hometown Hero Award

Heather Gossart announces Hometown Hero award at CBN-PG’s January 20, 2012 Networking BreakfastCBN-PG Vice-President Heather Gossart, (pictured,) announced this year’s Hometown Hero award criteria at the January 20, 2012 Networking Breakfast. This distinction will be awarded at the CBN-PG Awards Dinner and Auction on Monday, April 30, 2012. Continue reading

Lt. Governor Brown outlines legislative priorities

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown addresses CBN-PG’s January 20 networking breakfast\On Friday, January 20, Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, (pictured,) outlined the O’Malley administration’s priorities for the coming legislative year, emphasizing job creation, the state budget and education. Continue reading

CBN-PG ends 2011 with gifts and gratitude.

Steve “Santa” Kemp holds the Christmas grab bagOn Friday, December 16, CBN-PG gave gifts to every Catholic school principal attending the Networking Breakfast. Over twenty schools drew their prizes from a grab bag of goodies presented by Premier Leadership Member Steve “Santa” Kemp. Continue reading

2011-burst-author-kevin-wells-1“Burst” author Kevin Wells inspires with tales of faith and family.
Author Kevin Wells signs copies of his book Burst at the CBN-PG October, 2011, Networking Breakfast
At the October 21 Networking Breakfast Kevin Wells, (pictured,) a Pius X and Dematha graduate, shared his heart-felt journey from suffering to a renewed faith, with the help of his uncle, the late Msgr. Tom Wells. Continue reading

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The 2011 Crab Feast in Memory of John Solari was held Sunday, October 9, at the Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council in Bowie. Proceeds help fund CBN-PG’s scholarships, which are awarded to students attending Catholic schools. Bishop McNamara, Elizabeth Seton and Dematha high schools all helped by supplying student volunteers.

Patricia Douville, a teacher at Pallotti High School and winner of the 50/50 raffle, generously donated $100 of her winnings back to CBN-PG. Other raffle prizes were an iPad 2 and a 50″ LED TV. The event featured several Bushel-of-Crab Sponsors – Ascension Catholic Church, Tony Laubach, Maggie Allman, Jim Allman, Bruce Altevogt, Lisa White, John Douville of Ackerman Security, Joe Fernandez, Lynn Loughlin Skerpon, Heather Gossart, Fr. George Wilkinson of Holy Redeemer-College Park, and Dr. Marie-Therese Oyalowo – all of whom were essential to the event’s success.

Further thanks go to the following students and family members who helped facilitate the event: Will Alberding, Roslyn Jones, Vera Hayes, Alex Kincaid, Emily Magruder, Bryanna McFadden, Lillian McFadden, Amanda Pumphrey, Stephanie Shaff, Steve Shaff, Joy Williams, Matthew Williams.

CBN-PG Board Programs Chairperson Lisa White was thrilled with the event and expressed her appreciation: “You all were magnificent! We could not do this without all of you! Thank you again for your support. Those who couldn’t be with us on Sunday, we hope that you can join us next year.”

The 2012 Crab Feast will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2012. Save the date!