Star-Spangled 200 Inc. (SS200), the development affiliate that supports the Maryland War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration, has added two staff members. Ann Beegle is the new executive director and Jill Feinberg is the new director of communications and public relations.
“I am delighted that Ann and Jill have joined the team,” said Bill Pencek, executive director, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and deputy assistant secretary, Maryland Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts. “Both bring a wealth of relevant experience and share a commitment to showcasing Maryland’s role in the War of 1812 to both local residents and visitors from around the world.”
Beegle is the former executive director of The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. She also had served as chief of staff for Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take advantage of a global stage and showcase Maryland’s extraordinary contributions to the nation during the War of 1812,” said Beegle. “I look forward to working with our industry partners to bring new prominence to Maryland’s cultural landscape.”
Feinberg, the former conference and tourism director for Baltimore County, was named Maryland’s New Tourism Professional of the Year in 2010. She previously worked in communications and marketing for UMBC and Marriott International.
“Maryland’s War of 1812 story resonates with people across the continent and around the world,” Feinberg said. “The birth of a national icon — ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ — is a powerful narrative.”
SS200 plans to raise $12.5 million for matching grants tied to projects that support resource preservation, education and community revitalization; and $10 million for bicentennial programs and events. SS200 has hired Treseler Marketing and Business Development of Rockville for fundraising strategy support.
SS200 also has unveiled its consumer site, www.starspangled200.com, which provides bicentennial celebration updates, enables donations and eventually will sell bicentennial merchandise.