The 2013 Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation Harvest Ball celebrated its 25th anniversary with unprecedented success thanks to the 600 attendees, enthusiastic bidding and extraordinary support from corporate, community and individual sponsors that raised $130,000 to help establish an interactive patient education system at the Prince Frederick facility.
The new technology is part of a larger effort by CMH aimed at helping patients to better understand their specific condition and to take steps to prevent readmission. “It seems like a simple thing but these are significant tools,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis, “in the battle to keep people healthy after they leave the hospital.”
“Each year our guests have turned out to be incredibly generous, helping us not only reach but surpass our goal,” said Foundation Director Dixie Miller. “It is events like the Harvest Ball that helps everyone realize that they can play a role in making our community hospital the best that it can be.”
This was a sentiment echoed by Xinis during his remarks at dinner. “Our hospital would not be what it is today without the involvement and support of hundreds of volunteers and sponsors – community leaders, healthcare workers and business owners alike – who all shared a common mission to ensure that the healthcare services in our community are first class.”
He singled out former state Senator Bernie Fowler, Sr. who served as honorary chair for special recognition. “I can’t think of a more fitting person to fill that role in this momentous year,” he said. “Bernie is one leader whose legacy of service and dedication to our community is unparalleled.”
Xinis also paid tribute to emcee Doug Hill of ABC7 Weather whose impromptu performance of Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York brought in another $2,000 from the appreciative crowd, which included Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and his wife, Karmen, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and Congressman Steny Hoyer.
He also thanked Harvest Ball co-chairs Cindy Parlett and Karen O’Brien and the members of the Harvest Ball Committee for “putting together a magnificent evening tonight. An extraordinary amount of work goes into a night like this and I really appreciate their efforts.”
During the reception, Xinis extended special thanks to the ball’s top sponsors, including the Curtis Investment Group that has been the leading sponsor for six years in a row. In all, there were 94 sponsors including the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Dickinson Jewelers, Hargrove, Mamma Lucia’s Restaurant, Wilson and Parlett as well as American Radiology Services, Emergency Medicine Associates, Garner Exteriors, Sunny and Steve Keithley, Associates in Radiation Medicine and Dr. and Mrs. John Saunders with Alan Wilson and Dr. Stephen Peters.
Sponsor support was also provided by Calvert Internal Medicine Group, CNL Healthcare Properties/Holladay Properties, Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG), Corinthian Contractors, John and Marianne Harms, MedStar Health, Michael and Wanda King, Networking Concepts, Ober, Kaler, Grimes and Shriver, Plan B Technologies and the Winegardner Automotive Group.
Miller said the new BidPal® bidding system, which allowed attendees to bid on auction items via their smartphone, was well received especially during the checkout process. A large number of local businesses generously donate to the silent auction even if they cannot attend. Together, they contributed over 200 items that raised more than $25,000 for the new interactive patient education system.