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[caption id="attachment_2592" align="alignright" width="150"]Towne Park is ready to serve: Towne Park’s own Starbucks Barista, Sarah Spencer and Towne Park Area Manager, Kim Frederick, standing by to man their checkpoint. Towne Park is ready to serve:  Starbucks Barista Sarah Spencer (L) and  Area Manager Kim Frederick (R) manning their checkpoint.[/caption] St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, OH was the main sponsor of a recent American Heart Association HeartChase fundraising event, which took place on Saturday, September 14th in downtown Lima. The weather was perfect and close to 20 teams participated in an Amazing-Race type event, with teams working together through checkpoint challenges in a six block radius.  Good spirits and friendly competition marked this year’s event, and Towne Park is already looking forward to next year!

After several years of planning and participating in corporate and community events to build a healthier planet, Towne Park’s environmental council, Towne Green, has achieved its primary goal and secured Towne Park a position on the prestigious Maryland Green Registry. The registry, a “voluntary program offering tips and resources for greening your facility as well as the opportunity to share your environmental successes with others,” is an important part of building a sustainable Maryland.  Jeff Johnson, Towne Park’s Vice President of Operations and Director of Towne Green, was understandably thrilled.

[caption id="attachment_1610" align="alignright" width="150"] Syrena Bracey[/caption] Syrena Bracey of Clinton, Maryland has been awarded the 2013 Valentine Memorial Scholarship by The Foundation, a 501© non-profit organization that serves and supports the communities in which Towne Park associates live and work.  Syrena’s father, Scott Bracey, has been a valued associate for over three years with Towne Park. The annual Valentine Memorial Scholarship provides one student – a Towne Park employee or immediate family member – with an undergraduate college tuition scholarship, renewable for up to four years. With assistance from Educational Testing Service’s Scholarship and Recognition Programs, The Foundation selects the winner by assessing applicants’ financial need, academic standing and their embodiment of the ideal Valentine scholar.

[caption id="attachment_1572" align="alignright" width="150"] Our Volunteers: Sarah Altman, Abby Taylor, Nick Chappelear, Kevin Harvey & Barbara Stevens (not pictured)[/caption] Towne Park’s environmental council, Towne Green, spent this year’s Earth Day weekend working to ameliorate Annapolis in partnership with GreenScape 2013, a “City of Annapolis and community partnership invested in the beautification, clean-up and planting in public spaces throughout the city.” We immediately knew the perfect location to improve, so several Towne Green volunteers gathered at Park Annapolis' Knighton Parking Facility on Saturday morning to beautify the plot outside the garage, which had developed into an eyesore for visitors and the surrounding community. Several hours and several filled compost bags later, Towne Green gave the plot a much needed makeover, displaying their service excellence and volunteer spirit while helping to better the community. Follow the jump to see before and after photos of Towne Green's work!

[caption id="attachment_1276" align="alignright" width="150"] Starbucks' Staff[/caption] Starbucks at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, OH celebrated five years of coffee magic today, Friday March 22, 2013. The celebration included live music, beverage sampling, a gift basket raffle, guest baristas and miles of smiles shared by associates and...

[caption id="attachment_797" align="alignright" width="150"] Bijou Members visit Towne Park associates at The Marriott Grand Residence Club to thank them for their generosity[/caption] For Towne Park, making a difference in the community is as important as making a difference for our guests.  The Towne Park associates at The Marriott Grand Residence Club Lake Tahoe deliver on their passion for both, having recently installed a collection box in the valet office to accumulate tips as contribution for the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe. Not only are they donating their hard-earned money, but they have been donating their time also, as several associates have been volunteering at the Club in their spare time!

[caption id="attachment_806" align="alignright" width="300"] Click here to view a panoramic photo of the Towne Park associates participating in Movember[/caption] If you think there’s something different about the appearance of several Corporate HQ associates this month, you would be correct! Some call it No-shave November while others call it Movember… No matter what you call it, the follicles on these faces have one distinct goal: to change the face of men’s health by increasing vital awareness and resources, specifically for prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. In the quest to put an end to these diseases, please visit Towne Park’s Movember website to make a donation.  Any amount would be greatly appreciated.