Donna's Tavern and Restaurant celebrated 25 years of serving Dundalk patrons by honoring troops serving overseas as well as local police, firemen and EMT's during Ravens victory over the Steelers Sunday.
The event kicked off with Dundalk Idol finalist Samantha Flanagan singing, "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Sarah McLachlan's, "I Will Remember You," to customers and members of the Baltimore County Fire Department.
The celebration continued with cheers from those gathered not only to honor those who serve, but to root the Ravens on to victory and toast Donna's 25th anniversary.
“We wanted to honor the troops who serve overseas, as well as the people in Dundalk who keep us safe,” said Heather Sekora, whose mother Donna Sekora owns the tavern.
The large group of Ravens fans had reason to cheer all day as the hometown team jumped ahead of their archrivals from Pittsburgh by two touchdowns and never looked back.
To look at Donna's now, with its finished stone front and state-of-the -art televisions—both inside and outside on the pavilion seating area—one would never imagine the tavern's humble beginnings.
“When I first bought the place it was a little duplex shack,” said Donna Sekora. “I had to take a mortgage on my house to buy the place and by the time I the bank was done with me I only had $200 to get the place open. When I rang the cash register the lights would flicker.”
Donna Sekora credits the hard work of her children, and the support of her loyal Dundalk customers with building the tavern into the popular stop it is today. Her daughter Heather, who is the manager, feels that her mother's charitable nature was also a key in the transformation.
“Its been a long, hard and rewarding 25-years.” said Heather Sekora. “We look to give back to the community that has given so much to us. We regularly hold banquets to benefit local youth rec leagues, we just feel that its the right thing to do.”
Donna's Tavern is located off of Dundalk Avenue at 6607 Pine Ave. and features a full menu of pub food. Entertainment includes pool tables as well as karaoke and live music.