A Celebration of Charity awards luncheon set for November
STEVENSVILLE — Chesapeake Charities will host its annual awards luncheon, “A Celebration of Charity” on Thursday, Nov. 15, to recognize people who give back to the community in an extraordinary way.
Dr. Ben Carson, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary, is the invited guest of honor, and the program will focus on local efforts to break the cycle of poverty.
During the luncheon, awards will be given to organizations and individuals who provide food for the hungry, shelter and services to prevent homelessness, and educational opportunities so children in need can pursue higher education.
The second annual Gov. Larry Hogan Scholarship will be awarded to a medical student pursuing a career in cancer research.
In 2016, Hogan was honored for the courage and leadership he displayed while waging a personal battle against cancer. Last year, the spotlight was on solutions to the heroin and opioid crisis, and the honorees included Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble and Talbot Goes Purple, Bernie Fowler Jr. and Farming4Hunger, and the Samaritan House of Annapolis.
“Last year’s honorees had a powerful impact on those in attendance, and we’re looking for extraordinary nominees to honor this year whose efforts help families break the cycle of poverty,” said executive director Linda Kohler.
The 2018 Celebration of Charity Event Committee, co-chaired by Jodie Gray and Audrey Scott, includes Retha Arrabal, Salena Barrett, Meg Gallagher, Martha Wentz Kendall, Jami Kirkwood, Linda Kohler, Brenda Smith, Paula Warner, Diana Waterman, Anne MacKinnon Welsh and Deidre Wilson. Sponsorships for the awards luncheon are available. For more information, email info@chesapeake charities.org.
Based in Stevensville, Chesapeake Charities is a community foundation that supports more than 85 nonprofit funds that impact a range of charitable causes, including animal welfare, arts, education, health and human services, and the environment.
Chesapeake Charities serves organizations in eight counties: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. They have invested more than $11 million in the Chesapeake Bay region since 2005, including $279,900 in scholarship awards to 254 local high school students, through nine scholarship programs.
For more information, contact Chesapeake Charities at 410-643-4020 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www. chesapeakecharities. org. Chesapeake Charities is accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.
A Celebration of Charity 2018 Event Committee, from left: Meg Gallagher, Chesapeake Charities executive director Linda Kohler, Martha Wentz Kendall, Deidre Wilson, co-chairman Jodie Gray, co-chairman Audrey Scott, Diana Waterman, Retha Arrabal and Paula Warner. Not pictured: Salena Barrett, Jami Kirkwood, Brenda Smith and Anne MacKinnon Welsh.