Category Archives: fundraiser

Fundraiser Event – Potbelly

The Council of Elders will hold a fundraising event on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at:

Potbelly, 64901-A Dobbin Center Way, Columbia, Maryland 21044

Please click here to Commit To Eat:



Get your tickets to see “Amazing Grace” last show is October 25th

AmazingGraceThe Council of Elders still has tickets available for anyone who would like to see the play “Amazing Grace” in New York! Please contact us immediately to reserve your tickets, so we can coordinate your desired date. The last day to see the show is October 25th.

Honoring the Legacy of Gloria Washington Wallace

Gloria Washington Wallace
The late Gloria Washington Wallace

In honor of the legacy of Gloria Washington Wallace, our very own Elder Abeba Aberham will participate in her first Marathon run through the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) on October 25, 2015. For the past 5 months, Elder Aberham has been training hard through spring showers and the summer heat to prepare for a successful completion of the 26.2-mile run.

As I honor the women and men of the Marine Corps on October 25, I also want to dedicate this run to members of TCOE and particularly our home town hero Gloria Washington Wallace. I want to honor Gloria Washington Wallace for her unapologetic LOVE for her community and her tireless efforts to empower the most vulnerable in our community.

                                                                                                              – Abeba Aberham

For more information on sponsoring Elder Aberham’s effort in this event, please visit the GoFundMe site that has been established.

About the Council of Elders…
In 1992, The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County (TCOE) was established by Gloria Washington Wallace to serve as advisors to The Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) in the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). Our initial purpose was to provide a historical perspective on the education of Black youth in the County, provide substantial role models of moral standing and spiritual leadership for our children, and serve as regal representatives for BSAP ceremonies and programs, such as the Evening of Excellence celebration for Black graduates.

In 1997, TCOE became an independent entity — responsible first to the Black community of Howard County, based on a change that we wanted to make in the criteria for acknowledging Black students.

Our Mission:
The mission of the Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County is two-fold.

(1) To develop, strengthen, guide and advance the educational and cultural well-being of the Black Community of Howard County.

(2) To sustain and grow itself as a community of Elders that actively serves to advocate for the Black Community of Howard County in collaboration with parents, educators and other community leaders.

Our Vision:
We envision a vibrant organization whose members have pride in our Ancestry and who work together to support the educational, cultural and social opportunities for the Howard County Black Community resulting in a confident, aware Community and optimum success in the Black family.

Please honor Gloria Washington Wallace and TCOE through your generous donation for this event.

Going to New York soon? We have your Amazing Grace tickets!

If you missed the fundraiser trip we organized to see the play “Amazing Grace” in New York, you really missed a treat! Amazing Grace lived up to it’s title, and those of us that had an opportunity to go enjoyed ourselves tremendously! The show was very moving, it was also funny and had great special effects!

For anyone who is planning a trip to New York soon,  we still have tickets available that can be used. Broadway has given us special accommodations for people to still use the remaining tickets and enjoy the show at a later date. Advance notice is required for us to confirm seat availabilities for the day, but let us make arrangements for you to go watch this fantastic show! If you are unable to go at all, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.

If you or someone you know is interested in purchasing any of our remaining tickets to be used at anytime, please contact Elder Abeba Aberham at: 443-832-8774 with any questions.

See The Play “Amazing Grace” in New York on September 12th

AmazingGraceThe Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County (TCOE) is sponsoring a fundraising trip to the matinee performance for the play “AMAZING GRACE!” on Saturday, September 12, 2015
Deadline for registration is Sunday, August 30, 2015

Click for Registration Flyer

John Newton was an 18th-century slave trader whose spiritual awakening led him to write the hymn “Amazing Grace”. This play spins the story of one man’s slow, painful, intensely dramatic moral awakening to the abominations of slavery. This play is a tale of romance, rebellion and redemption.

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Matinee

Place: Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st street, NY, NY 10036

Cost: $155.00: transportation and orchestra seats at the play, for seats only: $125 (If you would like, we will arrange for lunch at B. Smith’s at your expense (a menu will be provided))

Bus Leaves: Promptly at 7:30 a.m. from Park and Ride West Parking Lot on Broken Land Parkway

Bus Returns: Approximately 9:00 p.m. to same location


Thank you for joining us at Bob Evans!

On May 1st from 10am-8pm, The Council of Elders held a fundraiser to benefit our programs and activities at three Maryland area Bob Evans restaurants in our community:

Bob Evans, 8325 Benson Drive, Columbia, MD
Bob Evans, 4900 Beaver Run Way, Ellicott City, MD
Bob Evans, 3361 Corridor Market Place, Laurel, MD

We just wanted to take a moment to say “Thank You”, for answering the call and coming out to support us. Even being one of the last ones to show up at the Benson Drive location (around 7:45pm), we still managed to see many of you there with your families. It was great getting the chance to speak with so many of you who share our vision for the black students and families in our community.

Thank you for your support!!!