By Sandi Parrish
The Pasadena Business Association held its tree lighting ceremony in December. It was a cold evening, but the children were still in attendance to play games, eat treats, sit on Santa’s lap and get their pictures taken. Costello’s Ace Hardware & Hearth pulls this event together for the PBA. The employees help decorate the tree along with Gable, Pasadena Sign Company and several PBA members.
Macaroni Kid is also on hand to play a game with the children. The Greene Turtle, Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille, Two Rivers Steak & Fish House, Bruster’s Ice Cream (Severna Park and Glen Burnie), and Salsa Tex-Mex Grill provided the great refreshments for the crowd. Bay Country Rentals and Atlantic Coast Charters provided warmth with buses and heaters on the lot. Delegate Nic Kipke led the countdown to the lighting of the tree, the Northeast High School vocal ensemble sang Christmas carols, DJ Marcus of ProSound provided the music, and St. John Properties provided the parking lot and, of course, Santa and his elf. The Lake Shore and Riviera Beach fire departments are always a big help with the star on the tree and bringing Santa in on his sleigh. All of these groups and businesses make the tree lighting what it is. We really want to thank the Eastern District Police Department and the reserve officers for keeping everyone safe.
We are gearing up for our Membership Directory and Community Guide, which will be out in July. We print and distribute 5,000 copies, and there are opportunities to advertise. If you have a business, now is a great time to join the PBA.
We will hold our annual scholarship fundraiser on March 2 at Kurtz’s Beach from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. The Guys in Thin Ties band will be back to help us dance and have fun. Last year’s profit exceeded $15,000, which went to Pasadena high school seniors. We hope to break that record this year but need your help.
Please buy tickets for the event, and bring your friends and family to enjoy a great time. You can be an event sponsor even if you cannot attend. See the sponsor levels for details. Donate an item for our silent auction, which raised more than $2,400. Tickets and sponsorships are now available online at www.pbafundraiser.com.