Laurel Firm Teams Up

With Health Department

Laurel Marketing and Design (LMD) has been hired by the Prince George's County Health Department to plan and implement public awareness campaigns for two county health initiatives: HIV testing and emergency and bioterrorism preparedness.

The HIV testing campaign is scheduled to begin later this month with the theme "Are you positive you're negative?" The company designed the message as a way to urge Prince George's County residents to determine their HIV status through the county health department's free and confidential no-needle testing procedure. Area radio stations will air a series of 15-second spots promoting the program. LMD has created a discreet package of condoms that the health department will distribute to community centers and other sites throughout the county.

The emergency preparedness and bioterrorism campaign will begin Sept. 11 and continue through the month. Its goal is to educate the county's 300,000 residents about the need for proper preparation for natural disasters, inclement weather and terrorist acts, including biological threats. User-friendly tools including checklists and emergency preparedness bags will be distributed at locations throughout the county. The contract for both programs is about $110,000, a health department official said.

Verizon Offers Grants

To Help Violence Victims

Verizon Wireless is offering $30,000 in domestic violence grants to nonprofit organizations in Maryland, Virginia and the District. The funding was made possible through Verizon's national HopeLine telephone recycling program, which distributes wireless phones to the victims of domestic violence and supports nonprofit domestic violence advocacy groups. The grants will help agencies and shelters create or expand programs and purchase equipment or refurbish facilities to give their clients better service. To qualify for the funding, applicants must be designated a public or private 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with a valid Internal Revenue Service tax identification number in one of the specified jurisdictions. Applications and additional information are available by calling 202-966-8779.

Chamber of Commerce

Holds Stadium Mixer

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce is holding its Multi-Chamber Batter-Up Mixer and Trade Show on July 20 at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie. A trade show will start at 5 p.m. The all-you-can-eat buffet picnic is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Baysox game against the Reading Phillies begins at 7:05. Free popcorn and soft drinks will be served in the Budweiser Pavilion throughout the game. Sponsorship opportunities range from $125 with a site at first base plus two tickets to the game to $750 for the prime covered entrance area inside the stadium, plenty of exposure for the company's name and four tickets. Corporate sponsorships are also available. Call 301-262-0920 for a sponsorship form, which must be faxed to 201-262-0921 no later than Friday. The stadium is at 4101 NE Crain Hwy. in Bowie, just off Route 50.

Bowie Michaels Store

Holds Crafts Camp

The Michaels store in Bowie will hold a summer arts and crafts camp from July 12 to 16 for children 5 to 12 years old. The camp theme is "Around the World With Crafts," and projects will feature cultural backgrounds from places such as Australia, Guatemala and the Galapagos Islands. Children 5 to 8 may attend a two-hour morning session starting at 9:30; children ages 9 to 12 will attend an afternoon session starting at 1:30. The fee is $7.50 per child per day or $30 for the entire week. The store is at 4511 Mitchellville Rd. Call 301-809-1806 to register.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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