Maryland Outdoor Club
Fri, Dec 16 2005 - 4th Annual Holiday Party & Ball (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Kate Copanic, Amy Pickwick
Participants:Amy Pickwick, Kate Copanic, Chuck Hildenbrand, Ian Wright, Young Kim, Rob, Kimberly Engle, Colin Babb, Katry Harris, Ali Badii, Laura Paszkiewicz, Allison Ehrman, Steve Ehrman, Ted Fryberger, Martin J. San Juan, Kristen Buck, Stefan Kunkoski, Jason Craver, Patrick Haas, Tracey Wagner, Matt Toerper, Rebecca Frankenberger, stephen pheiffer, Adam Miller, Jackie Putman, Cassie Thomas, Adam Lanehart, Kimberly McCue, Aimee Morris, Amy Hatfield, Patrice McCaulley, charles lewis, Jason Zach, Cynthia Hildenbrand, doug hanford, Laura Hustead, Sean Riggs, Leo Seung, Aaron Firoved, Rebecca Firoved, Jacob Frankenberger, Paula Moran, Nathan Rich, Dominic Perry, Michael Eppert, Ryan Michela, colleen wade, KC Yi, Christine Larsen, Carrie Graff, John Ciezki, Glenn Peddicord, frederick king, Carla Cole, Thomas Edwards, John Putman, Sushil Milak, Lora Polowczuk, eric smith, pharyn wynn, Mary Clark, Omega Ruth Jr., Maria Maranto Dickey

Write Up:
The 4th Annual Holiday Party & Ball was definitely an affair to remember! It was our final time to party with one another before 2006 arrives, and boy did we party!!!

At the event, the MOC wrapped up its third year of existence, with a full-scale, banquet-style dinner at the Key West Restaurant & Banquet Facility in Hanover, MD. The Key West Restaurant is attached to the Ramada Inn, accessible off of Rt. 100 and Coca-Cola Drive. About 1/3rd of the attendees stayed the night in the adjoining hotel.

At 7 PM, a few early arrivals met up for some light fare and mingling in a hotel room, ahead of going downstairs for the main party at 8. Just before 8, a couple of volunteers headed downstairs to light all the candles that were placed on the tables during an earlier setup. Each table was adorned with a red and green poinsettia, a holiday-trimmed, take-home candy bag, name cards (to introduce yourself to others) at unassigned seats, tea light candles, and Battle of the Sexes trivia cards to serve as talking points for those unfamiliar with others at the tables. Yes, each and every last detail was considered for this party!

A majority of the attendees showed up between 8 and 8:30 at Key West and found themselves greeted at the Check In Table, a 2005 year-in-review photo display (thanks to Glenn Peddicord), a cheese & cracker appetizer, and drinks from the bar or near the buffet area. Soon, the buffet was open, and the feast began!

The dinner menu included: beef lasagna, rotisserie chicken, green beans amandine, roasted rosemary potatoes, mozzarella and roma tomato salad. It was topped off by delicious homemade apple pie.

In the main banquet room, a wonderful assortment of music for all tastes was mixed at the DJ stand by our very own member, Young Kim. Young volunteered his time 100% in picking up the gear, setting it up, and spending all evening spinning tunes for our event. A HUGE THANK YOU for his job well done!

In the corner of the room awaited a donation area for our 2005 charities: Adopted Families via the Salvation Army, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the ASPCA. In total, we raised $30 for the ASPCA, $215 for CBF, and approximately $650 in monetary and gift donations for our two adopted families.

Bria, an 11-year-old, received: Password electronic journal, portable CD player, and a Disney Mania 3 CD

Brandon, a 3 1/2-year-old, received: Construction dump truck and accessories, Rescue Heroes micro adventures toy, and a LeapFrog Word Whammer (Fridge Phonics) spelling set

The children also received an art box filled with all kinds of goodies.

Their grandmother received: $100 gift card to Giant for holiday meal/miscellaneous, bath & body kit, a photo album, keychain, and a disposable camera to take pictures of the children unwrapping their toys.

Briana, a 12-year-old, received: an art studio, My Scene Barbie doll, Little PetShop toys, blue jeans

Kairee, a 2-year-old, received: LeapFrog Fridge Phonics, Sponge Bob Squarepants plush blanket, and a Elmo's Jumpin' Jukebox.

Tavion, a 1-year-old, received: two outfits, Storywheels firetruck, Sesame Street singing pop-up pals

Have some photos from this event that you'd like to share in our photo album? Please forward them to Amy Lipsius at Please note that we prefer to receive the photos in approximately 640x480 or 750x500 pixels - do NOT send original high-res photos. If you have a LOT of photos, please submit up to twenty of your favorites (only) for a day event, or up to forty of your favourites for a multi-day event. Thank you.