Kutz Heads College's Business Institute

Alan Kutz has been named vice president for the Economic and Community Development Institute at Charles County Community College, school President Elaine Ryan announced recently.

Kutz will oversee services the institute offers to area businesses and organizations, including leadership development, environmental training, small-business development services, worker training and telecommuting.

Before taking his new position, Kutz was with Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development for 11 years, where he was responsible for the agency's regional offices.

Clown Duo to Perform at Charles Trade Show

Clown duo Bunky and Blinky will perform at the 22nd annual Charles County Trade Show and Marketplace later this month, the Chamber of Commerce announced this week.

The trade expo is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 26 and 27 at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf.

Bunky and Blinky produced and starred in a children's program that ran from 1982 to 1988 on Jones Cable. They also have produced and directed halftime shows at Washington Redskins games and have performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center and the Washington Cherry Blossom Parade. The duo have coordinated the talent show at the Charles County Fair since the late 1970s.

More than 60 exhibitors already have signed up for the show, chamber organizers said last week. The show is a forum for local businesses to showcase their products and services to one another and to thousands of Southern Maryland consumers.

Sally Jameson, chamber executive director, said that businesses can sign up for the show until just a few days before it opens. Information on the event is available from the chamber's Web site at www.cccc.md.org or by calling 301-932-6500 or 301-870-3089.

Avon Funds St. Mary's Breast Cancer Program

The Avon Breast Health Access Fund has awarded more than $16,000 to the St. Mary's Hospital Health Connections Department.

The money will be used to help pay for efforts -- by the Women's Wellness of St. Mary's program -- to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early breast cancer detection, the hospital said in a statement. The program refers women to low-cost or free health services, including mammograms and clinical breast examinations.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women.

Avon has helped fund more than 500 community programs across the country. The Breast Health Access Fund is part of the firm's Breast Cancer Awareness Crusade, which raises money through the sale of special pink ribbon Avon products.