Community Action Council of Howard County's mission is to diminish poverty, enable self-sufficiency and advocate for low-income families and individuals.  CAC's programs include early childhood education, housing assistance, energy and weatherization, and food assistance.  
Message from the President

On behalf of CAC Board of Directors and the Holland Committee, I extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to you for making this year's Holland Awards Dinner a success.
For 21 years, we have come together as a community to recognize and celebrate those outstanding individuals and businesses whose works and deeds have served to improve the quality of life for our neighbors in need. They have inspired us all to greater heights of giving through creating awareness of the issues faced by low-income families and individuals throughout our community.
This year's award was presented to the "Howard 7" Rotary Clubs whose "service above self" motto has served countless citizens and specifically made a difference in the lives of children in the Head Start program.
CAC was honored to host Dr. Wallace Loh, President of the University of Maryland as our keynote speaker. Dr. Loh affirmed our commitment to "helping people and changing lives"; he congratulated the "Howard 7" in transforming their idealism into impact by supporting the continued education of young children in the Head Start program; he reminded us of our responsibilities as citizens of the US and the world; and he inspired us to become a "Do Good" community by being in touch with the needs of our neighbors and friends of all socioeconomic status.
He shared the story of a young man lost and homesick in a foreign land and struggling academically. The young man felt hopeless until a professor took the time to let him know that he was important and that his success mattered. Today, that young man - Dr. Loh - is one of the most influential educators in our country.
"Helping People. Changing Lives" is what CAC is about. We are so proud to be part of a community that "Does Good" on an ongoing basis.
Thank you for supporting CAC and the Holland Awards Dinner. Your donations, attendance, sponsorship, and participation made this event one of our most successful to date. Together we can continue to enable others to enhance the quality of their lives and - as Dr. Loh so eloquently alluded to in his remarks - to share in the promise and opportunity of our community.

Thanks to Everyone Who Attended the 21st Annual Holland Awards Dinner!  
Ron Carlson of Sunrise Rotary Club accepts the 2016 Humanitarian Service Award from Board Chair, Dr. Clarence Lam
& President, Bita Dayhoff

Presidents of the "Howard 7" Rotary Clubs on stage
to accept their award

"The strength of America is in how we serve our community and help others." - Dr. Wallace Loh, President of the University of Maryland

"If you donated a bag of food to the Food Bank, you helped me. If you wrote a check to CAC, you helped me. If you planted seeds and pulled weeds from the community garden, or harvested vegetables, you helped me."  - Ellicott City business owner,Cris Werneck

"Head Start not only invests in the whole child, but it understands the importance of investing in the whole family."  
- Danielle Staton, Program Manager, Fund for Educational Excellence & alumnus of Head Start

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Presenting Sponsors $10,000
Mikulis Family/Pinnacle Advisory Group

Gold Sponsors $5,000
Apple Ford Lincoln
First Presbyterian Church
Giant Food
The Herb Block Foundation
R&J Contractors
Rossmann-Hurt-Hoffman, Inc.
Judy L. Smith
University of Maryland, College Park Foundation

Table Centerpiece Sponsor $5,000 
Dr. Pradip & Mrs. KumKum Ghosh

Premier Sponsors $2,500
Bridgeway Community Church
Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC
Glen Mar United Methodist Church
Howard County Department of Community Resources & Services
Howard County Department of Economic Development
JPB Partners
Jack & Jill of America
Lisbon Horse Parade
Long & Foster Columbia Gives
M&T Bank
Maryland Live! Casino
The Robert W. & Donna J. Pullo Foundation
Richburn Liquor Bowl
Sandy Spring Bank
St. John Baptist Church
The Columbia Bank
The Vertical Connection Carpet One

Champion Sponsors $1,000
Accurate Insulation LLC
Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC
BJ's Wholesale Club
Bormel, Grice & Huyett, P.A.
Cain Contracting Inc.
Columbia (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Columbia Town Center Rotary Club
Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Patrick & Dr. Debra Curtis
Chuck & Anne Dodd
Ellicott City Lions Club
Glenelg Country School
Greenebaum Enterprises
Hamel Builders
Howard Bank
Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine
MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC
Majestic Inspections, Inc.
Maxim Charitable Foundation
Delegate Shane Pendergrass
Robert & Rebecca Politzer
Rotary Club of Columbia
The Business Monthly
Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center
Frank & Kimberlee Turner
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
Visionary Technology Consultants
Williamsburg Homes

Supporter Sponsors $500
Bay Bank
Bowman & Company, CPA, PC
BYK-Gardner USA
Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr, LLP
Competitive Advantage Consulting
Environmental Systems Associates
FAI Wealth Management
First National Bank
Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home, Inc.
Line of Sight
Maple Lawn Turkey Farm
Morgan Stanley Columbia Branch
Dr. George & Elizabeth Okang
OX Orthodontix
Russell Insurance Group
Strategic Wealth Management Group, LLC
TCC, Verizon
Towson University
Paul Turlington & Dr. Alexandra Ainszstein
Dean & Wendy Turner
Wilde Lake Community Association
Williams Asset Management
The Yungmann Group