The Talbot Avenue Bridge Centennial Planning Committee would like to thank all of the people and organizations who helped make the September 22, 2018, celebration a success.
The planning committee especially thanks IMPACT Silver Spring, ESP Entertainment Sound Production and Print1 of Bethesda. IMPACT served as our non-profit partner receiving and depositing all of our donated funds and providing disbursals to vendors and performers; ESP agreed to provide professional production services during the centennial celebration event; and, Print1 provided discounted printing services for our program book and worked with our committee to ensure we had the best product possible. Please be sure to patronize these local businesses.
We also would like to thank the following local organizations and businesses that have contributed funds, provided discounts on products and services, and that have donated items and services, including:
- We’re Having A Party for assisting with tables and chairs.
- Sunrise of Chevy Chase for donating baked goods.
- McDonalds ( 8407 Colesville Road, Silver Spring) for donating iced tea.
- Purple Line Transit Partners for donating two portable toilets.
- Montgomery County Department of Transportation (Tim Cupples) for traffic control and other onsite assistance.
- Montgomery Preservation Inc. ($100 donation)
And, to the neighborhood associations who helped with fundraising and getting the word out about our event:
- North Woodside-Montgomery Hills Civic Association
- Lyttonsville Community Civic Association
Additionally, the Talbot Avenue Bridge Centennial Planning Committee would like to thank the following:
- Eva Santorini for designing our logo and for other expert design contributions.
Bertie LoPiccolo, who made “Toot for Talbot’s 100th Birthday banner” that was suspended from the bridge. Bertie also led the community art project, the making of ribbon sticks, and she received art show submissions on behalf of the event planners.
- All of the volunteers from around Silver Spring who helped with set-up, clean-up, and during the celebration.
- The many online donors and people who sent checks directly to IMPACT Silver Spring.
- The individuals who attended public programs where Dr. David Rotenstein spoke and who generously donated funds for the bridge centennial.
The Talbot Avenue Bridge Centennial Planning Committee also thanks Dr. David Rotenstein, a local public historian, who donated professional services worth thousands of dollars to the event, including photography and videography of the event, pop-up museum panels, and oral histories included in the program and mobile oral history listening station. Invisible Montgomery, through David’s leadership, has brought attention to the erased and under-appreciated contributions of African Americans to Montgomery County history. His diligent research has provided better understanding of the social and cultural significance of the Talbot Avenue Bridge. In addition, David’s fundraising, including funds raised through contributions at two Invisible Montgomery events, raised a significant portion of the funds needed for the event.