A Cel­e­bra­tion of Char­ity awards lun­cheon set for Novem­ber

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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 info@chesa­peakechar­i­ties.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.

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