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Charles County
Cara Fogarty

Michelle Sullivan

St. Mary's County
Harriet Yaffe

St. Mary's County Nonprofit Spotlight:

Pax River Naval Air Museum

Pax River Naval Air MuseumThe Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is a member-supported, privately-funded museum preserving the history and heritage of Naval Aviation and associated technology.

The museum's mission is to "Preserve, Educate, Inspire" by presenting the continuing story of Naval Aviation with a focus on Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation (RDT&E) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Its vision is to be a highly valued community resource providing both educational and tourism benefits to the Southern Maryland area for generations.

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum has a decades-long history, yet at the same time, the museum is starting afresh. The museum opened its doors to the public in 1978 after three years of gathering artifacts and planning. Originally located in the former USO building next to gate 2, guests would visit the Naval Air Test and Evaluation Museum as it was known then, to see a small collection of aircraft and chat with the volunteers, many of whom were pioneers of flight testing. To this day, you’ll see the names and hear some of those same voices around the museum, plus many more.

The widening of Three Notch Road forced the museum to move to its current location at the intersection of Pegg Road in Lexington Park in 2001, as the structure was in the way and needed to be demolished. Where the old museum stood is now a memorial grove to the brave men and women of the final Columbia crew, many of who were stationed at Pax River and may have even been your neighbor.

A key group of volunteers of the museum association worked with the St. Mary’s County government officials and the United States Navy to share the combined complex where the museum currently, and hopefully permanently, now calls home.

Volunteers have always been and are still the life blood of the museum. From the volunteer board of directors, to the docents, the simulator operators, event crews, exhibits team and even the mascot, the museum gets it heartbeat from the men and women who donate their valuable time to being part of something bigger in in the Southern Maryland community.

Working with the Museum Administrator and small paid staff, the entire museum team strives to be both an educational and recreational resource for the community. Whether it is telling the story of the past, present, and future of aircraft test and evaluation, or producing events like the annual Technology and Arts Expo, every day the volunteers and staff make the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum such a wonderful place to visit.

The museum is home to 28 unique aircraft, various other engineering and scientific displays as well at exhibits telling the history of the Cedar Point area, including the original cupola from the Cedar Point Lighthouse. With the addition of the new building in 2016, the museum also serves as the St. Mary’s County Visitors Center. The staff and volunteers are excited to talk to visitors about the local area and the museum.

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Charles County Nonprofit Spotlight:

Community Foundation of Southern Maryland

Community Foundation of Southern MarylandThe Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is a public charity created by and for the people of Southern Maryland to help fulfill  charitable interests and goals – easily and effectively.

The mission of the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is to enhance the quality of life for the region by aligning philanthropic interests with community needs through stewardship, collaboration, and charitable giving. People may establish both non-endowed funds to support community needs today and endowed funds to ensure there is support for good, forever, for the region.

Community foundations are charitable trusts that support local community causes. Their role is to manage donor funds and build endowments as well as make grants to charities and community groups, linking local donors with local needs. They help donors express their long-term interests in a geographic area or social issue.

Donors can make gifts to existing funds, create new funds, and support the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland in a variety of ways. Funds can be established by anyone: individuals or families, businesses and educational institutions, and even private foundations and charitable organizations. The distribution of gifts from a fund can be made according to the wishes of the donor who created the fund or leave it to the discretion of the foundation.

CFSOMD is searching for community members to serve on one of the Foundation's Areas of Interest Committees: Establishing a fundraising goal; establishing targeted areas of need within the assigned Area of Interest; identifying strategic partnerships that support increased investments; and working with the Development Committee to hold an annual fundraising effort in support of the Area of Interest.

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Upcoming events:

April 29, 2018, 2 p.m. (St. Mary’s County)
Wine & Design
41610 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650

May 5, 2018, 2 p.m. (Charles County)
10440 O'Donnell Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603

May 6, 2018, 2 p.m. (Calvert County)
Stoney's Kingfishers
14442 Solomons Island Road, Solomons Island, MD 20688