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Land of Oz Comes to Life at CMH Foundation Ball

Hospital’s Annual Charity Gala Celebrates 25th Anniversary

(August 6, 2013) It’s time to get excited because this party is going to be over the rainbow. Based on the timeless classic the Wizard of Oz, the 25th Annual Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation Harvest Ball set for Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro is a charming blend of fantasy and fun.

Plan to take your special someone for an enchanted evening where dreams really do come true. “The Harvest Ball committee has certainly pulled out all the stops to make this year extra special,” said Foundation Director Dixie Miller. From the dazzling decorations by Hargrove to a sit-down gourmet dinner by Ken Upton designed to impress the most discerning palate you’ll know you’re not in Kansas anymore.

Guests will follow the yellow brick road through the silent auction which will feature a large array of exceptional items and unique services. Then with a click of your heels the dining area will be transformed into a glittering Emerald City. Back by popular demand is the band Night Life, who will be entertaining the crowd for an evening that is sure to live up to its reputation as the premier social event in Calvert County.

Miller said the foundation is honored to have former state Senator Bernie Fowler, Sr. as the honorary chair for this year’s ball. He is joined by Cindy Parlett and Karen O’Brien who are serving as event co-chairs. Both women are members of the Harvest Ball committee and serve on the CMH Foundation Board of Trustees.

The annual charity gala is the single most significant and successful fundraising event for the hospital. Since it began 24 years ago, the ball has raised over $1.3 million for medical technology and equipment at CMH. Proceeds from this event will help purchase an interactive patient education system at the hospital.

“We’re excited about the new technology,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis, “because when coupled with a new discharge process and follow-up home visits by our new Transition to Home nurses it will help us better prepare our patients to stay healthy long after they leave our care.”

He explained that the bedside system provides the personalized teaching tools and videos patients need to better understand their specific condition and – even more importantly – to take an active role in staying well once they arrive home.

Invitations will be mailed as reminders but are not required to attend. The ball is open to the community and anyone is welcome to attend. The cost is $475 per couple and $250 per person which includes a cocktail reception and open bar in addition to a sit-down dinner and dancing to a live band. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Foundation at 410-535-8178 or 410-414-4570. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Upon purchasing tickets, your names will be added to a guest list. No tickets are mailed.

The arena’s spacious layout affords plenty of space for guests to mingle with friends in the lounge areas where the sound is graduated to allow easy conversation. Don’t miss the opportunity to dance the night away to some great music in this superb venue.

Ken Upton of Ken’s Creative Kitchen has designed a delectable menu for your dining pleasure. 2012 marked the fourth consecutive year that he received the "Bride's Choice Award" by Wedding Wire as "Best Caterer" in Maryland. As in the past, he will have available upon request a special vegetarian entrée.

In addition to the dinner and dancing, the gala also features a silent auction where guests can bid on an impressive collection of items from sports tickets to artwork. Dickinson Jewelers, a longtime hospital supporter, is once again sponsoring the jewelry raffle where one lucky winner will take home an exquisite piece from the stunning selection offered. We are also pleased to announce that this year you will be able to access and bid on all silent auctions items via your Smartphone! If you are interested in using your phone, please have it ready & fully charged so you can support our cause. If you don’t have access to a Smartphone, a BidPal device will be provided for you.

The Harvest Ball committee is actively seeking other local businesses that are interested in helping to sponsor the ball. “Sponsorships play a vital role in achieving our overall fundraising goal,” said Miller. “They also offer a phenomenal opportunity to showcase your business while supporting a worthy cause.”

A choice of six packages is offered including reserved seating, special recognition and inclusion in ads and on the hospital website. “We want to recognize The Curtis Investment Group along with Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, Mamma Lucia’s Restaurant and Wilson & Parlett that have already committed their support,” she said, “as well as American Radiology Services, Constellation Nuclear Energy Group (CENG), Dickinson Jewelers, Hargrove, Emergency Medicine Associates, Garner Exteriors, Sunny and Steve Keithley, Associates in Radiation Medicine and Dr. and Mrs. John Saunders with Alan Wilson and Dr. Steven Peters.”

Pictured below are: CMH Harvest Ball Committee members (l-r in first row) Dixie Miller, Lisa Turley, Jenny Barrett, Lynne Downs, Deborah Keir, Terri Wolfley, Karen O’Brien, Maria Lubrano, Pam Teague, Nell Chaney, Lynette Entzian, Cindy Hargrove, Cindy Parlett, Christy Oliff, Wendy Rezza, Lisa Garner, Catherine Grasso (l-r in second row) Paula Gray, Mary Kehrig, Patty Dilodovico, Nicole Pieters, Mickie Frazer, Stacey Kelly, Ahna Turley, Elizabeth Marinelli, Kaitlin Teague, Lynette Entzian, Diane Couchman, Anne Lockhart, Amber Bayse and Kasia Sweeney.(Not pictured are Lisa Arnesen, Kathy Dickinson, Diana Doswell, Jean Fleming, Nina Hosmer, Kathy Moore, Brooke Steuart-Swann, Cynthia Steuart.

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