It was a special evening that was four decades in the making.

On Nov. 9, the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala at The Cove at Citron, at Quarry Lake at Greenspring.

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More than 120 members, supporters and friends of the chamber joined the organization’s executive director, Jessica Normington, and president, Mark Pressman, to mark the occasion. Pressman served as the evening’s emcee.

Among the political dignitaries in attendance were Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin (D-11th), Del. Shelly L. Hettleman (D-11th), Del. Dana M. Stein (D-11th) and Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond (D-2nd).

On behalf of Kamenetz, Nancy Surosky, special assistant of community outreach for the county executive, read a proclamation congratulating the chamber on its milestone.

After a cocktail hour and dinner, the three-hour gala’s main speaker, Jmore columnist Michael Olesker, offered his unique perspective and reminiscences of Baltimore and PIkesville through the years.

Honored in the program were the chamber’s past presidents and current and past boards of directors, as well former executive directors Nancy Garfinkel and Sherrie Becker.

In addition, a short video, narrated by WBAL-TV anchorwoman Deborah Weiner, was presented of the chamber’s history and accomplishments. The video was made by chamber intern Deli Okafor, a University of Baltimore student.

For information about the chamber, visit or call 410-484-2337.

Photos by Steve Ruark

Also see: Pikesville Chamber Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Businesses Grow




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