In January 2000, a group of concerned citizens gathered at the local Head Start Building, on Back River Neck Road in Essex, to organize a community association that would fight to preserve the environmental status of their peninsula and to fight against the proposed over-development of the area. The Holly Neck Conservation Association (HNCA) was formed. And as the saying goes, the rest is history.
Actually since that time, this group of local environmentally-conscientious residents has become great supporters of their community. They sponsor many different types of activities to fulfill their mission, while having fun and supporting others. They raise funds and sponsor boat rides to the local islands where they organize picnics for the families. They also track, fight and/or support zoning variances as appropriate to the neighborhoods. Other activities include providing gift baskets to the sick, funding scholarships to environmental summer camps as well as college scholarships to teens entering an ‘environmental science’ field; and, they conduct monthly roadside clean-up activities.
During the year, 2009, members of the Holly Neck Conservation Association recognized that many local families were impacted by cancer – several individuals lost their battle with the disease, but there were also many survivors living on the peninsula. To honor both, the HNCA formed a Relay for Life team – The HollyNeckers – Kissing Cancer Goodbye! The enthusiastic group of HNCA members participated in the Essex Relay on June 11-12, 2010. This Relay was held at the Essex Campus of the Community Colleges of Baltimore County (CCBC), beginning about 6PM on the 11th and ending around 6AM on the 12th.
With team members collecting donations, the team raised nearly $3,500 for the American Cancer Society. Each Relay event has a theme which teams can use to decorate campsites or make costumes for their team members. And there are often other fun activities held throughout the event that keeps things interesting and exciting. One such event at the Essex Relay was the fruit and vegetable design contest. The HollyNeckers won second prize.
Having had a great time at the Relay event, team members eagerly look forward to participating in the Relay for Life event at CCBC-Essex in June 10-11, 2011.
Update coming soon as HNCA continues its support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life while also caring for their community’s environment… hint: Pink tulip bulbs!