Community Foundation of Howard County to recognize philanthropists at annual dinner

The Community Foundation of Howard County, which assists donors in reaching their philanthropic goals and raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, will recognize Howard County philanthropists at its annual dinner, A Celebration of Philanthropy, on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Turf Valley in Ellicott City.

The Community Foundation will present the fifth annual Philanthropist of the Year awards to Dr. Fred T. Lewis Sr. and Mary Agnes Lewis and to Security Development Corporation. The awards recognize individual and corporate philanthropists in Howard County who have shown leadership in philanthropy and who, through their giving, have brought positive change in the community.

Dr. Fred and Mary Agnes Lewis, residents of Howard County since 1954, have supported the local faith community, local arts and historic preservation in the county as well as institutions including Howard County General Hospital, Howard Community College and St. Louis Parish in Clarksville among other major organizations in the county.

Fred established a veterinary practice when he arrived in Howard County and has been active in central Maryland’s veterinary community ever since. Mary Agnes is a teacher who helped establish Howard County’s first kindergarten program and has coordinated St. Louis Parish’s meal preparation and donation program for the past 35 years. They have 10 children and 19 grandchildren.

Security Development Corporation is a development firm specializing in commercial and residential projects including retail shopping centers and multi-family housing communities in Maryland and neighboring states. The firm’s partners, Rob Moxley, Steve Breeden, Jim Schulte and Mark Moxley, have led and supported Howard County organizations for decades. These have ranged from the Howard County Conservancy to Leadership Howard County to Howard County General Hospital.

Tickets to the annual dinner cost $85 and include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert. The event will also feature a nonprofit expo of Howard County organizations that receive support from the foundation, and Allison Fine, a writer and activist dedicated to understanding and enhancing efforts to use new social media tools for social change, will present the keynote address. To learn more, become a sponsor or purchase tickets, visit

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