Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion awards honorees

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EAS­TON — Nearly 300 com­mu­nity mem­bers from through­out the Mid-Shore re­gion at­tended the MidShore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s fifth an­nual Re­port to the Com­mu­nity and Awards Lun­cheon on Nov. 30 at the Mile­stone in Eas­ton.

The event, which hon­ors award re­cip­i­ents and cel­e­brates the good work of the com­mu­nity, was at­tended by com­mu­nity lead­ers, non­profit rep­re­sen­ta­tives and elected of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing State Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, and Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Tal­bot.

The lun­cheon opened with re­marks from Moor­head Ver­mi­lye, chair­man and founder of MSCF. “From its be­gin­ning 26 years ago, the foun­da­tion has ma­tured to be­come one of the most sig­nif­i­cant foun­da­tions — pub­lic or pri­vate — in the state of Mary­land with more than $80 mil­lion in as­sets to ben­e­fit the five coun­ties served by the foun­da­tion — Caro­line, Dorch­ester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot,” Ver­mi­lye said.

In fis­cal year 2018, the foun­da­tion awarded $4.5 mil­lion in grants, in­clud­ing $637,235 in schol­ar­ships to lo­cal stu­dents. Ad­di­tion­ally, the foun­da­tion saw con­tin­ued ex­pan­sion of funds, now 415, as well as new part­ner­ships with non­prof­its and new com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives un­der the spon­sor­ship of the foun­da­tion.

Fi­nance Com­mit­tee Chair­man David Nagel re­ported a clean au­dit for the fis­cal year end­ing June 30. Other speak­ers in­cluded key­note speaker Rob Le­vit, an award-win­ning non­profit leader and li­censed con­sul­tant from the Stan­dards for Ex­cel­lence In­sti­tute, and Foun­da­tion Pres­i­dent Buck Dun­can.

“The work of the foun­da­tion is truly a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort and would not be pos­si­ble without our tal­ented and sup­port­ive vol­un­teers,” Dun­can said. “To­gether, the work of the foun­da­tion — our di­rec­tors, vol­un­teers and staff, along with the ex­tra­or­di­nary sup­port of our donors — have cre­ated a strong and last­ing re­source for the Mid-Shore com­mu­nity.”

Each year, the foun­da­tion rec­og­nizes in­di­vid­u­als and non­prof­its for their con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity.

Mickey and Margie Els­berg were hon­ored with the Town Watch So­ci­ety Award for their ex­tra­or­di­nary lead­er­ship and ser­vice in Kent County and be­yond.

The sec­ond Town Watch Award was pre­sented to Judge Stephen Ride­out for his many con­tri­bu­tions in Dorch­ester County. The First Ward com­mis­sioner of Cam­bridge served on the Cam­bridge Ethics Com­mis­sion and or­ga­nized a City Mat­ters Group that was in­te­gral in bring­ing a city man­ager to Cam­bridge. Be­fore re­tir­ing to Dorch­ester County, Ride­out prac­ticed law in Alexan­dria, Va., and was chief judge of the Alexan­dria Ju­ve­nile and Do­mes­tic Re­la­tions District Court.

The J. McKenny Wil­lis Jr. Award was pre­sented to Free­dom Row­ers, a non­profit row­ing team that serves stu­dent ath­letes, and to Robert Billings who has been in­stru­men­tal in the suc­cess of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The sec­ond J. McKenny Wil­lis Jr. Award was pre­sented to St. Michaels Af­ter School Help and to Mary Lou McAl­lis­ter who founded the pro­gram in 2013. Un­der the fis­cal spon­sor­ship of MSCF, the SMASH Pro­gram pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional sup­port and en­rich­ment to en­sure that chil­dren in St. Michaels Ele­men­tary and Mid­dle Schools have the aca­demic tools for a suc­cess­ful aca­demic fu­ture.

A Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion Award was pre­sented to Kevin White, founder and CEO of Global Vi­sion 2020, for pro­vid­ing vi­sion cor­rec­tion to im­pov­er­ished peo­ple in re­mote parts of the world via cus­tom-fit­ted eye­glasses. White in­vented USee cus­tom-fit­ted eye­glasses, and ear­lier this year was named a $1 mil­lion win­ner at the We Work Cre­ator Awards.

In ad­di­tion to honor­ing award re­cip­i­ents, MSCF distributed $250,000 in grant awards to 28 wor­thy or­ga­ni­za­tions: Bay Hun­dred Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teers, Caro­line Co. De­part­ment of So­cial Ser­vices, Ch­ester­town RiverArts, Com­pass Re­gional Hospice, Critchlow Ad­kins Chil­dren’s Cen­ters, Farm­ers and Hun­ters Feed­ing the Hun­gry, For All Sea­sons, Free­dom Row­ers, Haven Min­istries, Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s, Ken­nard Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion, Kent As­so­ci­a­tion of Rid­ing Ther­apy, Kent Con­ser­va­tion & Preser­va­tion Al­liance, Liv­ing Wa­ters Assem­bly, Mid Shore Com­mu­nity Me­di­a­tion Cen­ter, Mid Shore Pro Bono, Na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, Rad­cliffe Creek School, Re­ally Great Cats Res­cue, Re­build­ing To­gether Kent County, Saint Martin’s Min­istries, St. Luke’s School, Tal­bot Hospice, Tilghman Area Youth As­so­ci­a­tion, UM Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion and YMCA of the Ch­e­sa­peake.

This year’s event spon­sors were Peo­ples Bank, 1880 Bank, CBIZ, Nagel Farm Ser­vice, Shore United Bank, The Hill Group at Mor­gan Stan­ley, The Wil­ford Nagel Group at Mor­gan Stan­ley, James M. Ver­mi­lye CFP®, Robert W. Baird & Co., Val­liant Wealth Strate­gies and Wye Fi­nan­cial & Trust.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing event pho­tos, visit mscf.org.


At­tend­ing the Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s an­nual awards lun­cheon were, from left, Del. Johnny Mautz, Ryan Snow, Mickey and Margie Els­berg, Kevin White, Mary Lou McAl­lis­ter, Robert Billings, Judge Stephen Ride­out, state Sen. Ad­die Eckardt and Buck Dun­can.


Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Pres­i­dent Buck Dun­can, right, awards Judge Stephen Ride­out a Town Watch Award for his many con­tri­bu­tions in Dorch­ester County.

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