Chamber Members Give Back

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Germantown, MD (February 4, 2020) –The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC), in partnership with JK Moving Services, made life

(l:r) Executive Chef Ashish Alfred, Duck Duck Goose Bethesda; Kristi Stossel Bick, Resource Title, LLC; Sabrina McGowan, BlackRock Center for the Arts; Jennifer Lolli-Hall, SERVPRO of Gaithersburg/Germantown; Tom Grass, JK Moving Services; and Montgomery County Councilman Sidney Katz at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce 2nd annual Cake, Battle, & Network that supports local fire & police personnel, as well food insecurity in Montgomery County, Md.
(photo credit: Maggie O’Connor, JK Moving Services)

sweeter for the community & supported the effort to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County through Manna Food Center at the 2nd annual Cake, Battle, & Network

Richard Branson said, “doing good is good for business”. This concept rings true at the GGCC, as we are committed to working together with our businesses and community leaders to strengthen the local economy, increase opportunities for our residents, & do more good. We look for opportunities for our Chamber Members & leaders to feel like good corporate citizens.

Nearly twenty contestants preheated their oven, fired up their competitive spirit, and gave their time & talent by entering the “Great Chamber Bake Off & Networking event”. The baked goods were judged Montgomery County Councilman Sidney Katz, JK Moving’s general manager Tom Grass, and Executive Chef/Owner/Operator at Duck Duck Goose Bethesda, Duck Duck Goose Baltimore, & George’s Chophouse Ashish Alfred. Alfred cooked at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, participated in many cooking demos & insights on local TV, and battled it out as a contender on the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and Chopped.

The contestant’s bakers “dozens” of muffins or cupcakes were portioned for judging & sampling, then the remainder were packaged for delivery to the Upcounty’s local fire and police personnel. The goodies were delivered by Chamber staff & board members to local fire & police stations – Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Station 8 & Station 332, Germantown Volunteer Fire Department, Gaithersburg Police Department, and the Montgomery County Police, 5th District & 6th District.

For those not participating in the bake-off, they helped by donating canned goods for Manna Food Center’s warehouse & supported the effort to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County.

The winners of the bake-off were: Sabrina McGowan, BlackRock Center for the Arts; Jennifer Lolli-Hall, SERVPRO of Gaithersburg/Germantown; & Kristi Stossel Bick, Resource Title, LLC; they placed third, second, & first respectively.

I chose my item because even though it wasn’t as pretty as some of the cupcakes and muffins- this recipe is always a favorite at parties”, said Bick. “I feel lucky that I was able to give back to the community. Our first responders are so brave and selfless, and if I was able to sweeten their day- even a little bit- then that makes my day!


About the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber: The GGCC is active in providing business-to-business networking opportunities throughout the year: a collective voice in local, regional, and state legislative affairs, professional development opportunities and other services that enhance the business environment. The GGCC is located at 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg, MD. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at

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