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2013
Join Mamma Lucia on Sept. 30 to Support Hospital

Restaurant raises funds for new technology at CMH

Say cheese and plan to join Maria and Sal Lubrano on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Mamma Lucia Restaurant to raise some serious dough for Calvert Memorial Hospital. The couple is donating 25 percent of all proceeds from both locations in Dunkirk and Prince Frederick to benefit the Transition to Home program at CMH.

Getting involved can be as simple as sharing a meal with friends or co-workers. Don’t have time to dine in? No worries, order carryout and it still counts toward the fundraiser. Order subs for the office, pizza for the football game or dinner for the family and give yourself a free night off from cooking.

“Helping to support our community hospital makes all of us at Mamma Lucia feel good and we are honored to do our part,” said Maria Lubrano, who also serves on the CMH Foundation Harvest Ball Committee and co-chairs the sponsorship committee.

She went on to add, “The hospital is an important resource for all of us who live and work in the county. I use Calvert Memorial a lot for our three children, my mother and myself. So, we want to do the best we can to make sure that our community hospital has what it needs to provide excellent care.”

CMH Foundation Director Dixie Miller said, “We are so grateful for community partners like Maria and Sal. They truly care about making a difference and their support of the hospital really shows how much it means to them.”

Earlier this year, Mamma Lucia hosted a benefit for the Center for Breast Care at CMH. They are also a major sponsor for the 25th Annual CMH Foundation Harvest Ball, set for Nov. 9 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. Based on the timeless classic the Wizard of Oz, the evening is sure to live up to its reputation as the premier social event in Calvert County.

Miller said the foundation is honored to have Senator Bernie Fowler, Sr. as honorary chair for this year’s ball. He is joined by Cindy Parlett of Wilson & Parlett and Karen O’Brien of the Curtis Investment Group, who are serving as event co-chairs. The annual charity event is the single most significant and successful fundraising event for the hospital and has raised over $1.3 million for medical technology and equipment at CMH.

Proceeds from the event will help purchase an interactive patient education system. The new technology when coupled with the new discharge process and follow-up visits by the hospital’s Transition to Home nurses will help patients to safely manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension after they go home.

The ball is open to the community and anyone is welcome to attend. The cost is $475 per couple and $250 per person and includes a cocktail reception, a sit-down gourmet dinner and dancing to a live band. Tickets can be purchased online at www.calverthospital.org 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.

Miller said she is confident that guests will appreciate the new BidPal® bidding system that is being added to the silent auction. “It’s fun, easy and best of all, it streamlines the checkout process.” So, please bring your smartphone to the gala.

She said attendees will be able to access and bid on all auction items via their smartphone. If you don’t have one, a BidPal® device will be provided to you. No more leaving the table to see if you’ve been outbid. You can quickly search by item or by category and even place a max bid, so that BidPal® will automatically bid on your behalf, by increment, whenever you are outbid up to a specified amount.

According to Miller, the Harvest Ball committee is actively seeking other local businesses that are interested in helping to sponsor the ball. “We want to recognize Curtis Investment Group along with Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, Dickinson Jewelers, Hargrove, Mamma Lucia Restaurant and Wilson & Parlett that have already committed their support,” she said, “as well as American Radiology Services/Calvert Medical Imaging Center, Calvert Internal Medicine Group, Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG), Emergency Medicine Associates, Garner Exteriors, Sunny and Steve Keithley, Associates in Radiation Medicine, Physicians Inpatient Care Specialists, Plan B Technologies, Winegardner Automotive Group, Dr. and Mrs. John Saunders with Alan Wilson and Dr. Steven Peters, Lord Calvert Bowl and Armstrong, Donohue, Ceppos, Vaughan & Rhoades.

Sal and Maria Lubrano at the recently renovated Dunkirk location of Mamma Lucia Restaurant.

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