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CONTACTS:        Marva Jo Camp / 301-943-0255 / marvajo.camp@leadershipprincegeorges.com

Anita Pesses / 301-547-1229 / anita.pesses@leadershipprincegeorges.com

LEADERSHIP PRINCE GEORGE’S HOLIDAY BEARS IMPROVE THE LIFE OF CHILDREN

November 19, 2013--UPPER MARLBORO, MD— Members of Leadership Prince George’s, Inc. will hold their annual Holiday Mixer and Teddy Bear Donation Drive at 6 pm on December 11.  The event will be at Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, in Hyattsville.  Admission is free for those who bring a new teddy bear, or $20 without a bear.

This year, Leadership Prince George’s, Inc. (LPG) and Sheriff Melvin C. High’s Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff will partner on the Teddy bear drive with Jack and Jill of Prince George’s County. The bears will be distributed by Sheriff’s deputies to children in need, and at the scene of domestic violence incidents.  Children in households experiencing domestic violence can suffer in many ways, and receiving a teddy bear from a deputy provides comfort during a time of confusion.  This is the third year LPG has partnered with the Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff in this endeavor.  The partnership helps drive home the message, even to the youngest in our communities, that there is help, hope and people who care.

This holiday gathering is a cornerstone event for LPG.  It fosters good will, partnerships and networking.  The holiday event also provides an opportunity for community leaders to take positive action to help children through the dedication of time and resources. Members are encouraged to RSVP on line at www.leadershipprincegeorges.com.

The mission of Leadership Prince George’s, Inc. is to support area leaders in refining and improving their leadership skills and expanding professional networks.  Additionally, LPG is committed to bringing leaders and residents together to assess community needs, explore and discuss issues, and take action to effectively embrace opportunities and meet challenges facing Prince George’s County.  LPG has graduated more than 700 men and women from the private and public sectors, including elected officials, corporate CEOs and not-for-profit leaders, since its founding in 1985. Members of LPG Class 28 will complete a 10-month professional development and training program in June 2014; applications for the following year’s class will be accepted in the Spring. More information is available at www.leadershipprincegeorges.com.

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Leadership Prince George’s, Inc.P.O. Box 6407Largo, MD 20774