The committee’s newest philanthropic initiative will serve as a retreat for wounded service members and their families
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The DC Bowl Committee today announced that it is purchasing a 290-acre property near Cambridge, Md., to operate as a retreat for wounded service members and their families. It will be named Patriot Point.
“Patriot Point will be a place for the men and women who serve our nation so selflessly to take the time to recharge,” DCBowl Committee President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “We look forward to welcoming these brave men andwomen to the Eastern Shore and allowing them to enjoy themselves and relax.”
At Patriot Point, guests will be able to hunt and fish. They also will be able to go crabbing and enjoy watersports. Patriot Point has 2.3 miles of waterfront along Parsons Creek, Slaughters Creek and the Little Choptank River, leading to the nearby Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, by maintaining the existing property, Patriot Point will continue to protect wetlands and shoreline.
“We are grateful to our founding partners in this endeavor, Stuart Plank and the Taishoff Family Foundation,” Beck said. “We learned about this property from Stuart, who had visited when its former owner, James Bugg, the Chairman of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, used it to host wounded service members. Patriot Point will further develop and formalize Mr. Bugg’s concept.”
Additionally, the Maryland General Assembly included $500,000 in state capital funding for Patriot Point, which will help the Committee with improvements on the property, including handicap accessibility.
“Patriot Point is a place for the men and women who have served our country to relax and take time away in a stress-free environment with their families and caregivers,” Plank said.
Patriot Point will work with the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and other service organizations that work with military personnel to identify guests to use the property.
“Patriot Point definitely fills a need in our local military community,” said Elaine Rogers, president and chief executive officer of USO-Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. “We look forward to working together to deliver critically needed programs and services that will provide great benefit to our service members and their families.”
About Patriot Point
Patriot Point is being created as a 290-acre retreat for wounded service members and their families near Cambridge, Md. It is being established to provide our nation’s warriors with a place to reconnect with their families, decompress after deployment or just take a few days to enjoy themselves and rejuvenate. Patriot Point will provide a relaxing and safe environment to enjoy outdoor recreational activities and with 2.3 miles of shoreline, guests also will be able to participate in a variety of watersports. For more information, please visit patriotpoint.org.
About the DC Bowl Committee, Inc.
The DC Bowl Committee, Inc., was created in 2008 to organize the first-ever college football postseason bowl game in the National Capital Region. The Committee continues to operate the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, and has grown to oversee other properties and events, including the DC Touchdown Club, the Bill Phillips Memorial Fund and its latest philanthropic venture, Patriot Point.