Fifteen county organizations were awarded a total of $20,000 in Teen Activity Grants by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks. Each organization was given between $500 and $2,000 and will receive half of the award during a Nov. 5 ceremony. The groups are to use the grants to create programs that encourage teens to avoid drugs and alcohol. Successful organizations will receive the second half of their awards in March.

The following nonprofit organizations received a grant: Broadneck Evangelical Presbyterian Church -- 5th Quarter, Broadneck High School PTSO, Calvary Chapel, Chesapeake Bay Memories, First Night Annapolis, Gambrills Teen Club, Handicapped Athletic Program, Harbour School Teen Social Club, I Know I Can, Navy Junior ROTC -- Annapolis High School, Pioneers in Action, Shady Side Boys and Girls Club, Southern High School Music Boosters Association, Volunteers of Anne Arundel County and Woodside Gardens Council Planning Action Committee.

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitor's Bureau, the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation and Noah Kegley, marketing director for Watermark Cruises, recently received marketing awards from the Maryland Tourism Industry during the organization's 24th annual Maryland Governor's Tourism Industry Conference.

The Conference and Visitor's Bureau received the Legislative Development and Public Awareness Award for its 2004 National Tourism Week awareness campaign. The campaign was designed to educate county residents, legislators and community leaders about the role of tourism in the county's economy.

The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation received the Global Marketing Award for its Reconciliation Walk, held Sept. 29, which attracted out-of-state tourists to Maryland.

Kegley received the New Professional of the Year Award.

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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