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#Masks4Annapolis Launched to Help Keep Community Safe

Jun 02 2020

#Masks4Annapolis Launched to Help Keep Community Safe

Masks for Annapolis campaignThe City of Annapolis is asking members of the public to help make masks for #Masks4Annapolis. If you or one of your staff members or volunteers is handy with a needle, thread, and a little flair, here’s an opportunity to not only help the community, but raise awareness for your organization. Are you proud of your historic gardens? Represent them with some bright florals. Is your mission dedicated to supporting artists? We’re sure they know how to make a unique statement. Your masks could even win you a prize! 

Grab your sewing machine to create your best masks for the community for our #Masks4Annapolis initiative. Create unique adult and children’s masks and you could win some great prizes along the way!

One of the critical tactics in keeping Annapolis residents healthy and safe is the use of face coverings when out in public. Unfortunately, there are many who simply do not have the means to acquire proper protective masks. The City of Annapolis, the City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and the Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis Downtown have joined forces to encourage everyone to help with increasing the supply of masks for those in need by sewing cloth face masks to give away.

In addition to communities in need, there is an immediate need to provide masks for children to promote safety. #Masks4Annapolis is seeking to collect 1,000 adult and 1,000 children’s masks this summer to fill this need.

The community of Annapolis has a history of stepping up to help one another in challenging times. Providing needed masks to help ensure the continued health and safety of the community is an important cause. To help this effort, the Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis Downtown has rallied local businesses and some of its sister hotels in the region to provide prizes for mask makers in several themed categories.

The #Masks4Annapolis contest will run from June 1 to July 31 to help provide OEM with the masks they need. Every Friday, beginning on June 12, donated masks will be collected from designated drop boxes and winners will be selected for Most Annapolitan, Most Maryland, Most Patriotic, and Most Creative. Mayor Buckley, OEM Director Simmons, Senator Sarah Elfreth, Rob Levit of Creating Communities, and others will serve as weekly judges.

At the conclusion of the contest, all the weekly winners will be entered to win the grand prize of a two-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis Downtown, dinner for two at Kitchen on West Street, and dinner for two at Latitude 38. Judges for the grand prize will be international recording artists and hometown favorites – Good Charlotte. There will also be a special prize for most masks donated.

To enter, contestants just need to create a cloth mask and submit it with an entry form in a plastic bag at one of the following drop-off sites:

  • Office of Emergency Management donation bin – bottom of West Street in front of Zachary’s Jewelers
  • Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis Downtown – 174 West Street, main lobby
  • Latitude 38 Waterfront – 12 Dock Street

Contestants can also mail their mask and entry form to the Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis Downtown at 174 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Entry forms and more information can be found at  Annapolis.thekitchenandbar.com/masks4annapolis or at each drop-off site. Prizes include gift cards, dinners, drinks, and hotel stays from:

  • Lemongrass
  • Boatyard Bar and Grill
  • Carpaccio
  • Café Normandie
  • Sailor Oyster Bar (donated by Schooner Woodwind)
  • Kitchen on West Street
  • Latitude 38 Waterfront
  • Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis Downtown
  • Hampton Inn White House
  • Residence Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor
  • Hampton Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor
  • AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Downtown
  • Hyatt Place National Harbor

We look forward to seeing all the creative ways our partners can find to support this initiative and keep our community safe.