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Laura Rowles is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) serving almost 400 members by hosting over 30 networking events each year, as well as providing educational seminars and special events. The Chamber hosts numerous events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five’s, ribbon cuttings... Read more

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Golf Tournament a Success Despite Hurricane Florence

Jerry Therrien, Therrien Waddell, Inc. with the winner of the Putt-A-Rama contest, Jim Hamerski of Shannon & Luchs Insurance Agency Inc., at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Golf Classic at Worthington Manor Golf Club. The tournament was held on Friday, September 14, 2018.

Golfers were able to tee off and complete 18-holes of golf at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) 28th Annual Business Golf Classic despite the forecast of “Hurricane Florence” in the midst.

Over 75 players, teed off at Worthington Manor Golf Club, 8329 Fingerboard Road, Urbana, Maryland on Friday, September 14.

“Planning a golf outing with the threat of a hurricane looming is not for the faint-hearted. But we stuck with the plan, the weather was on our side and had a great day”, said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC Executive Director.

The chamber’s tournament affords golfers the opportunity to grow their business and play golf at the same time. This tournament is intended to offer enjoyable golf and the opportunity to network.

Tournament participants enjoyed a variety of competitions in addition to 18 holes of scramble golf. Tournament play activities included a “Putt-A-Rama” contest sponsored by Therrien Waddell, Inc.; longest drive men contest was sponsored by Rehab 2 Perform; closest to the pin men competition was sponsored by Old Line Bank, a beat the pro contest sponsored by DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors; and a hole-in-one competition presented by DARCARS. Participants attempted to get a hole-in-one to win a 2019 Toyota Corolla LE.

A portion of the proceeds supports the Chamber’s Montgomery College Scholarship Fund. Our local economy relies on an educated workforce. The Chamber funds scholarships annually and has established an endowment for future giving. We are committed to workforce development and investing in Montgomery College students.

A huge thank you goes out to the sponsors who helped make the Chamber golf tournament and exciting and successful fundraising event. The GGCC is also grateful to the golf day volunteers and Worthington Manor Golf Club.

The GGCC golf tournament sponsors included:

Tournament Sponsor

  • City of Gaithersburg
  • Genesis Security Systems, LLC
  • Hughes Network Systems
  • Montgomery College
  • Shady Grove Medical Center

Golfer Gift

  • DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors
  • Therrien Waddell, Inc.

Cocktail Reception Sponsor

  • Morgan-Keller Construction
  • Scheer Partners, Inc.

Lunch Sponsor

  • Buch Construction

Beverage Cart Sponsor

  • Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A
  • Village Settlements, Inc.

Driving Range

  • Herbology

Tee Sponsors

  • DrinkMore Water
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • Hand and Stone Gaithersburg
  • Holiday Inn Gaithersburg
  • Homewood Suites
  • Linowes & Blocher, LLP
  • The Lube Center & The Auto Spa
  • Revere Bank
  • Shannon & Luchs Insurance Agency Inc.
  • Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC

Allen DeLeon of DeLeon & Stang, CPAs and Advisors is the Chair and Master of Ceremonies for the event. 

The GGCC is active in providing business-to-business networking opportunities throughout the year: a collective voice in local, regional, and state legislative affairs, professional development opportunities and other services that enhance the business environment.

The GGCC is located at 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg, MD. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at Find us on Facebook at: And on Twitter at @GGCCNEWS.

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Laura Rowles

About Laura Rowles

Laura authors the blog Your Success is Our Business on MyMCMedia. Laura is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce - a member-based organization of businesses that have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial and industrial progress in our communities. The area's economic well-being is a result of the caliber of work that is done by the Chamber. The Chamber has a major impact on business, income and future growth of the area. My position at the Chamber - Director of Events & Marketing - affords me the opportunity to plan quality events for our Members and market the Chamber is a variety of avenues. At the GGCC, we typically have around 30 events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five's, ribbon cuttings and special events. The consensus is we have high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Most our events are free to Members so securing sponsorships for all events. Additionally, I am responsible for planning networking, overseeing the budget and marketing of all events in order to make them successful. Lastly, I coordinate all marketing and communication efforts of the GGCC including weekly email blasts, its quarterly newsletter, all social media platforms, media relations and community outreach.


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