When a once-in-a-thousand-year event dumped 6.5 inches of rain on Ellicott City in just two hours on July 30, 2016, the unprecedented flood waters wreaked havoc on businesses and property and caused two lives to be lost. As the water pummeled the historic downtown area, nearly 200 cars were damaged or swept away, buildings were destroyed, and floodwaters created massive sinkholes in the streets.
In the face of so much devastation, great determination surfaced to help the community rebuild. CFG Community Bank is proud to be a part of that effort, contributing $50,000 to support Ellicott City Partnership fundraisers.
“When we watched newscasts highlighting the extensive damage to this Maryland town, our hearts went out to the merchants and residents who lost so much in the blink of an eye,” said J. William Knott, CEO of CFG Community Bank. “Jack Dwyer, our owner and chairman, and Debbie Spangenberg, our vice chair, immediately and without hesitation stepped up to help. Supporting local communities is vital to our mission at CFG, and we are proud to contribute to the rebuilding efforts in downtown Ellicott City.”
A portion of CFG’s donation benefitted the August beer festival hosted by Victoria Gastro Pub, and a major contribution is earmarked for a benefit concert, Party in the Pit, that will be held Oct. 14 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Party in the Pit, which is organized by the Ellicott City Partnership (ECP), will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with 100 percent of the profits benefitting downtown Ellicott City residents and businesses.
While many have stepped up to donate funds, supplies and time to rebuild Ellicott City, donations are still needed.
To show your support, consider attending the Oct. 14 Party in the Pit benefit concert. Hosted by Councilman Greg Fox and supported by fellow legislators, the event will be held rain or shine.
To find out who is performing at Party in the Pit, and to purchase tickets, click here.
To make a donation to help Ellicott City rebuild, click here.