LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Nov. 30, 2009)—The 22nd Annual St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Gala held Nov. 20 at the Hollywood Social Hall, brought in more than $179,000 to go toward the Foundation's scholarship program. The 1920s inspired evening was a sold-out affair with the theme of Ain't Misbehavin.
"We are extremely thankful for the continued support of our community, given these economically challenging times. This extraordinary commitment, from each and every one of our sponsors, guests and contributors has made this year's Gala one of the most successful in the event's 22-year history," said Jacquelyn V. Meiser, chairperson for the 2009 Gala.
Guests walked the red carpet into one of the most unique black tie events sponsored by the Foundation. As individuals stepped into the social hall, they stepped back in time, surrounded by cityscapes, silhouettes of flappers and dancers, Chicago street signs and images of mobsters and movie actresses, as well as newsreel footage of the era.
Several of Southern Maryland's most prominent businesses, medical professionals and local organizations sponsored the night's festivities, which also featured delicious cuisine from renowned caterer, Ken Upton, and music from the band Highway Star. Major event sponsors included presenting sponsor Shah Associates M.D., LLC and premiere sponsors MedStar Health System, W.M. Davis, Inc. and Wyle. Diamond sponsors were Associates in Radiation Medicine, IAP World Services, iLuMinA Solutions, Inc., ManTech Systems Engineering Corporation and MEP, your partner in emergency care.
Attendees purchased a box of Godiva chocolates, with proceeds from the sales going to the scholarship program. The purchase put them in the running for a chance to win a beautiful Simon G. necklace in 18kt yellow, rose and white gold accented with bezel set diamonds appraised at more than $4,000. Gala attendees Barbara and Del. John F. Wood Jr. won the necklace donated by Blair's Jewelry and Gifts.
Proceeds from the Gala will be dedicated to the hospital's scholarship program, which provides funding to help train talented local scholars for a career in healthcare, especially in the nursing and Allied Health fields. In its ninth year, this unique program is a proactive step to recruit and retain highly qualified employees at St. Mary's Hospital.
"It was a pleasure to showcase the 2009 scholarship recipients and we look forward to highlighting these scholarship recipients in years to come so Gala guests can gain an understanding of the direct benefit derived from their generosity." Meiser said.