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Two Prominent Howard County Leaders Serving as Co-Chairs of 28th HCC Columbia Classic Grand Prix

Annual Family-Friendly Equestrian Event Takes Place Saturday, September 19

Victor Broccolino, chief business development office of Summit Talent Group, and George Doetsch, Jr., chairman and owner of Apple Ford, are serving as co-chairs of the Howard Community College’s 28th Columbia Classic Grand Prix, which will be held Saturday, September 19 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Grand Prix is a world-class, family-friendly equestrian competition. In a challenging course of obstacles, equestrians jump and race against the clock – all for a good cause. Proceeds from the event benefit the Howard Community College Educational Foundation, which provides scholarship support to HCC students.

This year’s event will once again be held at Marama Farm, a thoroughbred breeding and racing farm owned by Doetsch, who has graciously opened the grounds for the Grand Prix every year since 2009. Marama Farm is located at 5610 Chamblis Drive, Clarksville.

“The Columbia Classic Grand Prix is enjoying its 28th year, and I have been proudly involved for 22 of them,” said Doetsch. “I have enjoyed hosting the event at Marama Farm for the last six years, and I am committed to helping HCC raise much-needed funds for student scholarships through this unique, family-friendly event.”

Born and raised in Maryland, Doetsch received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland College Park and completed his graduate studies at Loyola College. Mr. Doetsch has served as General Partner of Concert Technopolis, a Russian-American business entity franchised Ford Dealer, in Chelyabinsk, Russia since 1990.

Mr. Doetsch serves the Maryland community in a number of ways, including as board member for numerous charities including the Howard County General Hospital Board of Trustees, the University of Maryland Medical System Shock Trauma Center, and the American Heart Association.

Victor Broccolino is the former president and CEO of Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Prior to his tenure at Howard County General, he served as the CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health Corporation from 1986 – 1989. He started working at Bon Secours Hospital in 1972 and held several positions to include comptroller and director of fiscal services and chief operating officer, prior to being named CEO.

An active member of the community, Vic has served on and chaired numerous boards and committees of not-for-profit and community and professional organizations. Currently, among these many activities, he is vice chair of the Maryland State Emergency Medical Services board and, working with The Columbia Association, he is chairman of the City of Columbia’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee, and remains active in many other organizations.

Grand Prix Event Information

General admission tickets start at $10 for adults, with children under age 10 admitted for free. Seats are available in the bleachers for $15 adults and $8 children. Another seating option is tent seats for $200 apiece, which includes a lunch buffet, bar, and one VIP parking pass.

In addition to the equestrian competition, the event features a food court and Clyde’s Beer and Wine Garden. Activities include pony rides, hayrides, and a moon bounce, plus a Classic and Collector Car Show.

Raffle tickets are still available for the chance to win a 2016 Ford Mustang convertible or the $20,000 cash option. Tickets are $100 each or $250 for three.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the HCC Columbia Classic Grand Prix and raffle, visit www.howardcc.edu/grandprix or call 443-518-4223.

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