Party in the Pit is a Concert Fundraiser to Benefit Historic Ellicott City

Friday, October 14, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)*

Hosted by Councilman Greg Fox

Featuring Special Guest Hosts

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman

Senator Gail Bates

Delegate Bob Flanagan

Councilman Jon Weinstein

*Gates open at 5:00 p.m. VIP Reception 5:00 – 6:15 pm
Tickets are $25 online, $35 at the door

On Saturday, July 30th, Ellicott City, Maryland was devastated by a flash flood that killed two people, caused millions of dollars in property damage, and displaced hundreds of residents and businesses. In an effort to rebuild Ellicott City join us at “Party in the Pit” where 100% of the proceeds benefit the Ellicott City Partnership, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

This concert event will be held rain or shine. Handicapped parking available.

For directions to Merriweather Post Pavilion, please visit

Click here to read more about Party in the Pit!

On Saturday, July 30th, Ellicott City, Maryland was devastated by a flash flood that killed two people, caused millions of dollars in property damage, and displaced hundreds of residents and businesses. Without blinking an eye, the Howard County community sprung into action. From individuals volunteering to businesses and residents donating their money and resources; the entire county showed nothing but concern for the entire Ellicott City community. Local bars and restaurants immediately hosted events where a portion of the sales were being donated to the recovery effort.

Our elected leaders immediately sprung into action as well. Howard County quickly saw bi-partisan cooperation at all levels of government…Federal, State and Local. Previously planned political events were quickly converted to fundraisers for Ellicott City with County Executive Allan Kittleman and Councilman Jon Weinstein leading the way.

Another event, “Party in the Pit” hosted by Councilman Greg Fox, also joined this trend. Councilman Fox’s event is typically held in the Spring, but not wanting to wait, he immediately contacted Merriweather Post Pavilion and rescheduled for this fall. Not wanting this year’s event to be seen as a political event, he pulled together a core team of local community leaders, namely Bob Gillette from the Howard County Veterans Commission, Kristi Simon of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce & Duane Carey of Impact Marketing, and turned them lose to put on the biggest event for Ellicott City possible!

Councilman Fox also reached out to other local elected leaders who represent the downtown Ellicott City area…County Executive Allan Kittleman, Senator Gail Bates, Delegate Robert Flanagan and Councilman Jon Weinstein. All four enthusiastically threw their support behind this event and all will be Special Guest Hosts for this year’s Party in the Pit event.

Next was determining how funds raised at Party in the Pit would get to those impacted by the flood. With the announcement by County Executive Kittleman regarding the creation of a Recovery Fund Committee to be chaired by Councilman Weinstein and include both Senator Bates and Delegate Flanagan, the decision to have the Party in the Pit benefit the Ellicott City Partnership was made to ensure 100% of the money raised at Party in the Pit would benefit Ellicott City.

As all this was taking place the committee was already contacting local businesses soliciting sponsors and raising funds as well as in-kind donations to cover the costs of putting on a concert event of this size. The response has been amazing. So far, not a single “no” has been received. In fact, the sponsors have both reached out to, and even, challenged others to participate. Due to this incredible generosity, Party in the Pit is on track to be able to give 100% of the gross proceeds (not net proceeds, not percentage of sales, but gross proceeds) to the Ellicott City Partnership.

The story of “Party in the Pit” is still unfolding and we will continue to provide updates. Be sure to check back regularly.

Lastly, THANK YOU for your support!
– The Party in the Pit Planning Committee

The Ellicott City Partnership is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible.