St. Martin’s hosts 20th au­thors lun­cheon

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GRA­SONVILLE — Wye Bi­ble Church’s an­nual Spring Cloth­ing Gift­away will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Satur­day, April 22. All items are free.

Wye Bi­ble Church is lo­cated at 115 Nar­nia Drive in the Green­wood Com­mu­nity in Gra­sonville. Cloth­ing do­na­tions ac­cepted.

Please call 410-827-6650 or email wbc.of­fice@wye­biblechurch.com for more in­for­ma­tion and to do­nate clothes.

GRA­SONVILLE — Au­thors Clau­dia Kalb and John A. O’Brien en­ter­tained guests at St. Martin’s Min­istries’ 20th an­niver­sary au­thors lun­cheon on Satur­day, March 4, at the Prospect Bay Coun­try Club.

Clau­dia Kalb, whose book “Andy Warhol was a Hoarder,” shared sto­ries about ec­cen­tric­i­ties of such fa­mous per­sons as Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and Ge­orge Gersh­win, in ad­di­tion to Warhol. A ques­tion about whether Gersh­win would have writ­ten “Rhap­sody in Blue” if he had been med­i­cated for at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for the en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence to of­fer in­put.

Au­thor John A. O’Brien’s story of his child­hood at the Her­shey School and jour­ney through adult­hood en­gaged the au­di­ence com­pletely. His work, “Semisweet: An Or­phan’s Jour­ney Through the School the Her­sheys Built,” de­tails many twists and turns in his life in­clud­ing the dis­cov­ery that he is not truly an or­phan. O’Brien’s keen in­sight into how in­di­vid­u­als re­act to in­sti­tu­tional set­tings was clearly il­lus­trated by the ex­am­ples he shared.

Guests bid on a va­ri­ety of silent auc­tion items in­clud­ing an orig­i­nal wooden sculp­ture by Bal­ti­more artist H. Lee Hirsche and a va­ca­tion rental in Naples, Fla. Books were avail­able for pur­chase and sign­ing by the au­thors. The event oc­curs the first Satur­day in March each year.

The 20th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion fea­tured books and mem­o­ries from the prior 19 years and also fea­tured re­marks from Sis­ter Pa­tri­cia Gam­gort, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor emerita of St. Martin’s.

The event ben­e­fits St. Martin’s Min­istries in Ridgely. St. Martin’s helps low in­come fam­i­lies fac­ing the trauma of hunger and home­less­ness. Pro­vid­ing ser­vices to more than 300 fam­i­lies each month, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has acted as a safety net for low in­come fam­i­lies in the Mid-Shore re­gion for more than 30 years.

Each year the Book and Au­thors Lun­cheon raises funds to sup­port St. Martin’s House pro­gram for home­less women and chil­dren and the Emer­gency Food Pantry.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Deb­o­rah Hud­son Vorn­brock at de­vdi­rec­tor@ stmartins­min­istries.org or at 410.634.2537, ext. 102.

From the left: au­thor Johnny O’Brien, em­cee Ben Til­gh­man, St. Martin’s Min­istries CEO Jean Austin, au­thor Clau­dia Kalb and St. Martin’s Min­istries Board of Di­rec­tors Chair­man Mark Freestate.

St. Martin’s Min­istries 20th An­niver­sary Lun­cheon Com­mit­tee and vol­un­teers, from left, Re­nee Wal­dron, Mary He­len Friel, Betty Barbe, Deb­o­rah Hud­son Vorn­brock, Jean Austin, Mag­gie Lewis, Sis­ter Cather­ine Higley, OSB, Margie Cal­la­han Palaz­zola, Ellen Fos­ter and Diane Pap­pas.

Lynda Kra­tovil, left, and Linda Kohler at­tend the 20th an­niver­sary Book and Au­thors Lun­cheon to ben­e­fit St. Martin’s Min­istries.

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