Dancing Bear Receives Award from Comptroller

Dancing Bear Receives Award from Comptroller

"I think it's important to give back to general. I think as a society and as individuals, that's what we're called to do."
FREDERICK, Md. - Comptroller Peter Franchot made a stop at Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts in Frederick to recognize their community service.

The store received a proclamation award for holding fundraisers for numerous organizations.

"I think it's important to give back to general. I think as a society and as individuals, that's what we're called to do, just to help others in need and just help in general," said Tom England, co-owner of Dancing Bear.

Much of their work has been for education and children's causes, including for Frederick County Public Schools.

Franchot toured Dancing Bear after giving them the award. The owners didn't know they were going to get an award until Tuesday morning.

"We were quite shocked to hear the comptroller was coming to give us an award," England said. "To be honest, I thought he was being presented an award at the chamber of commerce and then when people started showing up, I thought, 'Oh my goodness. This is an awful lot of people to be gathering to come say hey to us.'"

They say it's important for them to give back to the community.

"Our philosophy is always service, serve others to give back where you can. I think we just find that to be important, and it's what we've been called to do," England said. 

The comptroller also made a proclamation at Distillery Lane Ciderworks in Jefferson.
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