A great big ‘ma­halo’ to our Charles County com­mu­nity

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Phyl­lis Bar­tilucci Earnest, Wal­dorf The writer is the chair­woman of Hospice of Charles County.

On be­half of our Charles County Hospice Team I would like to thank the en­tire Charles County com­mu­nity and our gen­er­ous busi­ness lead­ers for mak­ing our in­au­gu­ral Luau such a huge suc­cess!

What an in­cred­i­ble sight to see Sen. Thomas “Mac” Mid­dle­ton’s (D-Charles) farm trans­form into a Hawai­ian is­land. [It had] a true feel of trop­i­cal par­adise all around you with Poly­ne­sian mu­sic, Hawai­ian dec­o­ra­tions, hula dancers, grass skirts, the smell of won­der­ful food pre­pared by the Wal­dorf Lions Club and of course a pig roast­ing in the cen­ter of it all. A fun night was had by all with a won­der­ful din­ner, Mai Tai sig­na­ture drinks, danc­ing, hula en­ter­tain­ers, a limbo con­test, and more than 50 items do­nated from com­mu­nity friends and busi­nesses for our in­cred­i­ble si­lent auc­tion.

With the sup­port of so many busi­nesses part­ner­ing with us we were suc­cess­ful in rais­ing more than $50,000. These fundrais­ing ef­forts, as many of you know, en­able us to con­tinue serv­ing our Charles County fam­i­lies when they need us most and al­lows us to of­fer char­i­ta­ble care for those who may not have the fi­nan­cial means to pay.

With great ap­pre­ci­a­tion to our Big Kahuna spon­sors The Wills Group and the Wal­dorf Lions Club. And for all our com­mu­nity spon­sors that part­nered with us to make our Luau such a won­der­ful suc­cess in­clud­ing AT&T, Omni Busi­ness, Ver­i­zon, the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent, Bai­ley’s Ca­ter­ing, Boz­ick Dis­trib­u­tors, CareFirst BlueCross Blueshield, Facchina, Gor­don Croft, Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees, G.S. Proc­tor & As­so­ciates, MD-DE-DC Bev­er­age As­so­ci­a­tion, SMECO, An­drews Fed­eral Credit Union, An­tiok Hold­ings, Belt­way Paving, Cen­tury 21 New Mil­le­nium, Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Com­mu­nity Bank of the Chesapeake, Greer Law Firm, Hello Holly De­signs, Evie and Vince Hunger­ford, Fer­rante and Dill LLC, Friends of Thomas Mac Mid­dle­ton, Mullen, Sond­berg, Wim­bish & Stone P.A., Old Line Bank, Swann Con­struc­tion, St. Charles Prop­er­ties, Wash­ing­ton County Hospice and The Wel­burn Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Plans have al­ready be­gun for next year’s Luau. So mark your cal­en­dar for early June 2017. Aloha!

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