“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep their light.”
Our Sponsor Honor Roll continues as we pay tribute to six special companies who offered support at the Wedge Sponsor Level for our Soles of Love project. Stay tuned— in the coming week you’ll learn about more of the souls behind Soles.
Meet Frederick County Bank. With the words “Frederick County” in their name, it’s no surprise that their vision statement reflects their deep roots and long commitment to the community. Their name is often seen on Sponsor lists for many of Frederick’s nonprofit fundraising events and August 5th will be no exception. FCB prides themselves on putting the care and welfare of their clients’ financial success as top priority and they empower their employees to do what it takes to make that happen.
I consider many of FCB’s leading ladies as personal friends and you will find Tammie Jones, Jennifer Tyler, and Mary Barry among the Soles of Love in the Garden party-goers. Tammie, Jennifer, and I were members of Leadership Frederick’s Best Class Ever-2016 and, come party night, you’ll find Mary at the nametag table. She’ll be the one greeting you with that “we’re glad you’re here” trademark smile.
What does Frederick County Bank want to put into the shoes of our future?
Financial literacy– to ensure in the future they are informed when making their financial decisions.
Next, meet Missy Cline (right). I had met Missy once or twice before the fall of 2014 through our mutual friend, Lara Shepherd.She always impressed me as someone who was friendly, adventurous, and ready to participate in any kind of playful antics. Here she is pictured with Lara (left) and Genevieve, the vintage snow woman who spent time outside my house one Christmas, years ago.
And then came “Must Love Shoes Goes to Italy, 2014.” Add hilariously funny to her descriptors as well as witty and smart. Missy was one of my van-mates during our 10 day excursion under the Tuscan sun. From her I learned advanced photography techniques, for example, did you know cropping and zooming are the same thing? For the record, she didn’t even smirk when I came to that obvious realization! So many funny moments and crazy conversations happened in our vehicle as we followed Van No. 1 from quaint village to village. To this day, thinking about how Missy proudly enunciated Acquapendente, demonstrating her mastery of the “language” makes me smile and takes me back to the smell of wood burning fires at the castle, good wine, homemade pasta, and the laughter that comes easily when new friends quickly become old ones.
la ringrazio molto il mio caro amico!