Char­ity group hon­ors af­ter school pro­gram, Stevensville woman

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­pub.com

STEVENSVILLE — Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties at an awards lun­cheon on Thurs­day, Nov. 17 hon­ored Part­ner­ing for Youth, the non­profit af­ter school pro­gram in Queen Anne’s County, and Amelia Foxwell of Stevensville, who founded a school for chil­dren with autism.

And they got their pic­ture taken with Gov. Larry Ho­gan, who also re­ceived an award for his courage in bat­tling can­cer. The lun­cheon awards cer­e­mony, called “A Cel­e­bra­tion of Char­ity,” was hosted by Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties and held at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville. {p class =” west­ern ”} Au­drey Scott, the event chair­man, opened the cer­e­mony say­ing it was a day to cel­e­brate what is good and noble in so­ci­ety. “We are blessed with many kind and gen­er­ous lead­ers who live their lives with grace and dig­nity, and it is im­por­tant that we rec­og­nize their con­tri­bu­tions,” Scott said. As a com­mu­nity foun­da­tion, Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties brings to­gether donors, non­prof­its, busi­nesses and gov­ern­ment agen­cies to ad­dress com­mu­nity needs.

Kim Um­berger of Stevensville ac­cepted the Non­profit of the Year award from Linda Kohler, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties, on be­half of the Part­ner­ing for Youth Af­ter School Pro­gram, which is in 10 schools in Queen Anne’s County. Um­berger is pro­gram di­rec­tor of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“I’m proud of the work for this or­ga­ni­za­tion with these peo­ple stand­ing here and about 130 staff mem­bers,” Um­berger said at the awards lun­cheon. The staff mem­bers in at­ten­dance stood up at one point dur­ing the lun­cheon fol­lowed by ap­plause from those in the au­di­ence.

The af­ter school pro­gram “ex­em­pli­fies the op­por­tu­ni­ties per­se­ver­ance presents,” Um­berger said. “We wish to thank those who sup­port af­ter school pro­grams with their voices, con­tri­bu­tions, and par­tic­i­pa­tion. To­gether, we can make a great place to be af­ter school.”

In ex­is­tence for 21 years, Part­ner­ship for Youth pro­vides aca­demic, en­rich­ment and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties for stu­dents di­rectly af­ter their school dis­missal. The twohour pro­grams are funded by grants, con­tri­bu­tions, fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, and stu­dent en­roll­ment fees.

Lo­cal busi­ness­man Gary Mangum pre­sented Foxwell with the Vol­un­teer of the Year award. She founded the McAr­dle Cen­ter for Early Autism In­ter­ven­tion in Stevensville. The school pro­vides early in­ter­ven­tion, ther­a­pies, and a school for­mat for chil­dren with autism.

She said af­ter re­ceiv­ing the award, “It’s ver y ex­cit­ing and very hum­bling.”

Foxwell has de­voted her life to be­ing of ser­vice to oth­ers. Her vol­un­teer work be­gan when she was a child in Bal­ti­more, serv­ing with her fa­ther and grand­fa­ther in their mis­sion to sup­port the deaf com­mu­nity.

It was dur­ing those times that Foxwell de­vel­oped her sense of obli­ga­tion to help those in need Her back­ground in psy­chol­ogy and ABA ther­apy gave her the op­por­tu­nity to work with sur­vivors of trauma and violence.

The projects she has spear­headed have brought joy to dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple such as cel­e­bra­tions for wounded vet­er­ans and un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in west Bal­ti­more.

The McAr­dle Cen­ter of­fers a day pro­gram for chil­dren ages 2 to 15, a school pro­gram for grades pre-kinder­garten through eight grade, and school pro­grams dur­ing ex­tended school breaks such as sum­mer, Christ­mas, Thanks­giv­ing, and spring break. The school has a three stu­dent to one staff mem­ber ra­tio.

Also dur­ing the lun­cheon, Ho­gan was hon­ored for his courage, lead­er­ship, and com­pas­sion he dis­played as he bat­tled an ag­gres­sive form of can­cer dur­ing his first year in of­fice. He’s can­cer free now.

“I want to ex­press my ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties for the in­cred­i­ble work they do,” said Ho­gan. “I am grate­ful to be here with all of you to­day, to be alive and healthy, and for the chance to rec­og­nize oth­ers who make our lives bet­ter by their ex­am­ple.”

It was also an­nounced that a schol­ar­ship in the gover­nor’s name has been es­tab­lished for promis­ing stu­dents pur­su­ing a de­gree in the field of med­i­cal re­search. The schol­ar­ship will be ad­min­is­tered by the Can­cer Com­fort An­gels, a com­po­nent fund within Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties.

Dr. Aaron Rapoport, who led the gover­nor’s re­cov­ery team, also was rec­og­nized for his ded­i­ca­tion to de­vel­op­ing new treat­ments that are yield­ing re­sults in the fight against can­cer. Rapoport is the Gary Job­son pro­fes­sor of Clin­i­cal On­col­ogy in the De­part­ment of Medicine at the Univer­sity of Mary­land School of Medicine and Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Also, Mar­i­anne Harms, a retired busi­ness­woman, re­ceived the Phi­lan­thropist of the Year award for her gen­er­ous sup­port of non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in Calvert County.

Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties is a tax-ex­empt com­mu­nity foun­da­tion and a cen­ter of knowl­edge for donors, non­prof­its, busi­nesses and gov­ern­ment agen­cies in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay re­gion. The or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides fi­nan­cial, le­gal, and ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port to more than 70 char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions and of­fers lead­er­ship train­ing, grant writ­ing, and eval­u­a­tion ser­vices.

PHOTO BY CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

Staff mem­bers of Part­ner­ing for Youth Af­ter School Pro­gram, which serves schools in Queen Anne’s County, were rec­og­nized for their work at the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion dur­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties’s awards lun­cheon on Thurs­day, Nov. 17. In the mid­dle of the pic­ture is Gov. Larry Ho­gan who also re­ceived an award for his courage for bat­tling can­cer.

PHOTO BY CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

Amelia Foxwell of Stevensville re­ceived the Vol­un­teer of the Year award at an awards lun­cheon for her work in found­ing the McAr­dle Cen­ter for Early Autism In­ter­ven­tion in Stevensville.

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