2017 Holland Awards Dinner

...thank you, friends!

2017 Holland Awards Dinner




Thank you for helping us celebrate the “goodness” of Howard County at the 22nd Holland Awards Dinner!  Event photos will be available soon on CAC’s FACEBOOK PAGE.

_PAG1660I hope you were moved and inspired by the evening’s programming as much as we were.  The Tanor family’s journey from poverty to self-sufficiency, via CAC programs and support, energizes us to do more and go deeper with those who find themselves in the midst of crisis. The commitment of Senator Guy Guzzone and County Executive Allan Kittleman to put people before politics strengthens our will to extend our hands and lift up those who are struggling to make ends meet. The powerful speech by Mary Ann Scully, President and CEO of Howard Bank, motivates and challenges us to “design a world where everyone has the choice to achieve self-sufficiency.” 


On behalf of CAC Board of Directors and staff, I thank you for your tremendous support of this year’s Holland Award  Dinner.  Our most sincere congratulations to Senator Guzzone and County Executive Allan Kittleman for receiving the prestigious Holland Humanitarian Award, for their outstanding contribution to improving the lives of tens of thousands of Howard County residents and for their commitment to being the voice for the voiceless.









We also thank Mary Ann Scully for the biggest surprise of the evening!  Howard Bank’s announcement to increase their financial support to CAC by “tenfold”  demonstrates their continued commitment to empowering individuals and strengthening communities.  


We start this new day feeling energized, inspired, strengthened, and challenged to make our corner of the world a better place than we found it.  Cynthia Tanor recited the  famous quote “we can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails,”  reminding us that while we can’t control what happens around us, what we do about it is certainly within our control.


Thank you so much for your continued support.  To donate to CAC, please visit the CAC WEBSITE


Bita Dayhoff 

President, Community Action Council of Howard County


County Executive Allan Kittleman’s Speech 

Senator Guy Guzzone’s Speech

Mary Ann Scully’s Speech