2012 CMH Foundation Ball Exceeds Expectations
Memorable evening unfolds at CMH Ball
Over $140,000 raised for new technology
More than 550 friends, family and colleagues came together at the 24th Annual Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation Ball to raise awareness and a record-setting $140,000 in vital funding to benefit the Sheldon E. Goldberg Center for Breast Care at CMH.
Emcee Doug Hill of ABC7 Weather presided over the evening of heartfelt emotion and excitement. Hill, a grateful patient, also shared a mutual interest in meteorology with the late surgeon. The ball’s theme “When Gold Blossoms” was chosen to honor Goldberg’s vision and legacy in creating a facility that provides the same quality of care you would find in a major metropolitan area.
“Although tonight is a bittersweet tribute to our great friend and the champion of our breast cancer program, Dr. Sheldon Goldberg,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis, “I know he is looking down on us with great pride and satisfaction that his dream is being carried forward by so many of the people who loved him.”
CMH was honored to have Goldberg’s wife, Dr. Ramona Crowley-Goldberg, serve as the honorary ball chair this year. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart for so charitably supporting the Sheldon E. Goldberg Center for Breast Care,” she told the largest ball crowd ever. “The proceeds will continue to give meaning to Sheldon’s labor, and meaning to his life.”
The annual charity gala is the single most significant and successful fundraising event for the hospital. Since it began 25 years ago, the ball has raised over $1.3 million for medical technology and equipment at CMH.
Proceeds from this year’s ball will directly benefit the breast center and allow the purchase of a new dedicated breast ultrasound that will increase access, reduce wait times and provide superior imaging quality for making diagnoses and performing biopsies.
Xinis thanked all the 2012 ball sponsors for their generosity, loyalty and passion for helping Calvert Memorial Hospital provide the highest quality breast care possible for Southern Maryland residents. He extended special thanks to top sponsors Associates in Radiation Medicine, The Curtis Investment Group, Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, Comcast, Corinthian Contractors, Dickinson Jewelers, Hargrove, Mamma Lucia’s Restaurant and Wilson & Parlett. He singled out Plan B Technologies for their participation as the ball’s entertainment sponsor this year – and thanked them for helping bring the new high-energy band “Night Life” to the ball. He also recognized and thanked the Calvert Dance Band who volunteered their time to play a medley of favorites during the cocktail hour alongside guest vocalists Ramona Crowley-Goldberg and Robin Henshaw, a breast cancer survivor and CMH Foundation board member.
“We value the support these sponsors have made and thank them for their dedication to keeping CMH at the forefront of breast care,” said Xinis. “When you visit these businesses, please thank them for supporting the breast center.”
A great number of local business owners generously donate to the silent auction even if they can’t attend. Together, they contributed over 200 items that raised more than $30,000 for the breast center.
No hospital ball would be a success without its dedicated committee members. Brooke Steuart and ball co-chair Cindy Parlett recognized their energetic and enthusiastic group of volunteers. “They give selflessly of their time and talent throughout the year to ensure that everyone has a fabulous evening,” said Steuart. “They are the heart and soul of the ball and we are very grateful for all that they do.”
Night Life kept everyone on the dance floor when they weren’t checking their bids for the silent auction and one lucky raffle winner – Katie Faulkner of the hospital’s human resources department -- went home with a diamond ring courtesy of Dickinson Jewelers.