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CMH Mad Hatter ball scores huge hit (December 3, 2010)
Over $100,000 raised for new technology

Nearly 500 supporters dined and danced at the dazzling Mad Hatter Ball raising over $100,000 to equip Calvert Memorial Hospital’s endoscopy center with state-of-the-art technology for the early detection of colorectal cancer.

Early detection is especially important for colorectal cancer because often there are no warning signs until the disease is more advanced. According to CMH gastroenterologist Dr. Renee Bright, the new high-definition endoscopic cameras provide much sharper images that will aid in better diagnoses. The sophisticated technology is part of a major expansion of the endoscopy center currently underway at CMH.

The Alice in Wonderland theme delighted ball-goers with its upside down fantasy fun and colorful characters. Guests entered through the rabbit hole and were greeted with a dramatic red and black décor that set the stage for an unforgettable evening at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. Click here to experience the magic!

“The ball committee pulled out all the stops to make this year’s ball the biggest and best ever,” said CMH Foundation President Kathy Dickinson, “for our supporters who come back year after year to support a fantastic cause.”

“This small but mighty group of volunteers meet all year long to prepare for the ball,” said Dickinson. “I am very grateful for the men and women who so generously give their time and talent to serve on the committee. They really know how to throw a party.”

The annual charity gala is the single most significant and successful fundraising event for the hospital. Since it began 23 years ago, the ball has raised over $1.1 million for medical technology and equipment at CMH.

Ball chair Brooke Steuart and co-chair Cindy Hargrove expressed their gratitude to the community. “We are delighted with the show of support,” said Steuart. “In these difficult economic times, we’re especially grateful that people recognize the importance of the hospital and step forward to provide support.”

“We want to thank each person who attended the event, donated an auction item, worked on the committee or helped out in any way,” said Hargrove. “They are the reason this event was such a success.”

In all, some 76 sponsors contributed to this year’s ball. CMH President and CEO extended his special thanks to the ball’s major sponsors. “The generosity of our sponsors and friends on nights like tonight,” said Xinis, “is what makes it possible for Calvert Memorial to bring the best to our community – and we are extremely grateful for your support.”

“In particular, I want to thank Vic and Julie Cornellier of TSI Exterior Wall Systems, Deborah and Ken Keir of Keir Associates and Michael and Wanda King,” he said. “I would also like to recognize Dickinson Jewelers, Chesapeake Beach Hotel and Spa and Comcast for their continued support.”

Highway Star kept everyone on the dance floor when they weren’t checking their bids for the silent auction and one lucky raffle winner went home with a diamond bangle courtesy of Dickinson Jewelers.

Ardent hospital supporters Julie and Vic Cornellier of TSI Exterior Wall Systems were Wonderland sponsors. Vic is a hospital board member and Julie also serves on the ball committee and the CMH Foundation.
Pictured here are CMH Foundation President Kathy Dickinson and Ken Upton of Ken’s Creative Kitchen, who catered the event. Dickinson Jewelers, a longtime hospital patron, sponsored the Mad Hatter Diamond Jewelry Raffle.

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