The 26th Annual Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation Harvest Ball is moving to a new venue and will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The theme this year, “Imagine,” envisions a future full of promise and celebrates the remarkable transformation that has taken place at CMH during the 27-year tenure of President and CEO Jim Xinis.
“The ball has always been a special evening for me,” said Xinis, who is serving as honorary chair, “but will be even more so this year since I’m planning my retirement in 2015.” He is joined by Cindy Parlett and Mickie Frazer as event co-chairs. Both women are members of the Harvest Ball Committee and serve on the CMH Foundation Board of Trustees.
Xinis went on to add, “We think this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. I’m confident our diligent planning committee will deliver an unforgettable evening.”
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 $1.4 million for medical technology and equipment at CMH.
This summer, an $11.9 million renovation and expansion of the diagnostic imaging department is slated to get underway. Proceeds from this year’s ball will help purchase state-of-the-art technology that will ensure outstanding clarity at lower doses in less time, which results in faster and more definite diagnoses.
“We think our guests will enjoy the chic, sophisticated atmosphere afforded by the elegant venue selected for this year’s ball,” said Parlett. For the past five years, it had been held at the Show Place Arena. “It was time to re-energize.”
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 $500 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.
Plan to make a night of it and take advantage of the reduced pricing offered for early room reservations. Guests have a choice of a standard room with a king size bed or two double beds at $149 plus tax or you may add the breakfast buffet for two in Apropoe’s Restaurant for $184 plus tax.
You may purchase tickets and book your overnight stay online or by calling the Foundation at 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.
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.
The Harvest Ball committee is actively seeking 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 seven packages is offered that include reserved seating, special recognition and inclusion in ads and on the hospital website.