St. Martin’s hosts 20th authors luncheon
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.