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2015 Philanthropic Events

Dec 22, 2014 03:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds

Anne Arundel Medical Center's Gala


Cover your Chin for Charity Judging Party. Saturday, January 17th. Event benefits the scholarship fund for Camp Possibilities, Bay Water Animal Shelter, and the Veterans Fund program at the Mental Health Association in Talbot County.

What's Up? Weddings Bridal Expo 2015. Sunday, January 18th. 1-4 p.m. Loews Annapolis Hotel. Local wedding vendors, bridal fashion show, door prizes, giveaways, and more. $10/advance; $15/door.

Hospice Cup’s Call for Artists – Selection Reception. Friday, January 23rd. 6-8 p.m. The Circle Gallery in Annapolis. A reception to vote on artwork submitted to represent Hospice Cup XXXIV. Open to the public; free admission.

MSP Polar Bear Plunge. Saturday, January 24th. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Minimum pledge amount $75. A thrilling (and chilling!) venture as participants take a dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise money for Special Olympics.

A Winter Evening at Historic Sarke Plantation. Saturday, January 24th. 5-8 p.m. Sarke Plantation, Cambridge. Appetizers, soups, and other heart-warming treats, along with wine, beer, and signature cocktails. $65. Event will benefit the preservation of Handsell.

Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s Annual Gala. “Carnival Around the World: Cuban Night.” Saturday, January 31st. 6:30 p.m. Hilton BWI Airport Hotel, Baltimore. Cocktail hour, live entertainment, live and silent auctions, and dinner. Sponsorship opportunities available. $150. 410-222-7949.



OBI’s Annual Mardi Gras Gala. Saturday, February 7th. 6-10 p.m. OBI Warehouse, Millersville. Live music by Sly 45, food, bingo, and a silent and live auction. $75. Event benefits Opportunity Builders, Inc. Sponsorship opportunities available. 410-787-0700.

A Night of Pink Hope Gala. Saturday, February 14th. 7 p.m. (VIP cocktail hour at 6 p.m.). Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis. Live music performances, silent auction, dinner, and more. $125. Event benefits the We Believe Foundation.

CTA’s Fundraising Comedy Night. Saturday, February 21st. 7 p.m. (VIP reception at 6:30 p.m.). Children’s Theatre of Annapolis. Three stand-up comedians, light hors d’oeuvres, and beer and wine. $35 general admission; $50 VIP (includes meet and greet with the comedians at 6:30 p.m.). Event benefits Children's Theatre of Annapolis.

BWCC Foundation’s Annual Gala. Thursday, February 26th. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Maryland Live! Casino, Hanover. Comedy performance by the Capitol Steps, food, drinks, and silent auction. $75. Event benefits the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber Foundation and its efforts to provide scholarships to area high school students. 301-725-4000.

In Vino Veritas. Friday, February 27th-Saturday, February 28th. St. John’s College, Annapolis. “An exceptional wine event” with tastings, workshops, live music, and more. Ticket prices vary per event. Proceeds support scholarships for SJC undergraduate students.

BB&T Spring Swing. Saturday, February 28th. 6 p.m. The Edward St. John Student Center at McDonogh School, Owings Mills. Food, wine, live and silent auctions, and entertainment by NightLife. $260. Event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

What’s Up? Media’s The Look – A Celebration of Health, Fitness, and Beauty. Friday, February 27th. 5:30-9 p.m. Loews Annapolis Hotel. Complimentary champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and spa treatments, pop-up boutiques, featured speakers, and more. $15 in advance; $18 at the door.



Compass Regional Hospice Gala. Friday, March 6th. 6:30 p.m. Annie’s Paramount Steak & Seafood House, Grasonville. Dinner, open bar, live music by Retrospect, live and silent auctions, and jewelry raffle. $200. Event benefits Compass Regional Hospice, which serves Queen Anne's, Kent, and Caroline counties. 443-262-4106.

Annapolis Rotary Club’s Black Tie and Diamonds Gala. Saturday, March 7th. 6 p.m. The Westin Annapolis. Cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auctions, and live music. $1,500/table of 10. Event benefits Connected Warrior Foundation.

A Tribute to Women of Color Scholarship and Community Awards Event. Saturday, March 7th. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. DoubleTree Hotel, Annapolis. Brunch and awards ceremony to recognize Anne Arundel County women of color who make significant contributions to the community. $40. 410-849-8476.

St. Martin’s Ministries Annual Book and Author’s Luncheon. March 7th. 10 a.m. Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Stevensville. Featured authors: Joan Biskupic, Elaine Eff, Meredith Hadaway.

St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser. March 15th. Food, drinks, and annual headshaving event to benefit kids with cancer.

Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning. Saturday, March 21st. Live music, oyster shucking competition, and more. Event benefits Annapolis Maritime Museum.

South River on the Half Shell Live and Silent Auction. Saturday, March 21st. 6 p.m. Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville. Live and silent auctions, raffle, and more. $75/person; $140/couple. Event benefits South River Federation in Edgewater.

Severna Park Community Center Annual Gala and Benefit Auction. March 21st. Fine dining, live entertainment, and more.

Hospice of the Chesapeake Gala. “Hospice Royale.” Saturday, March 21st. 6 p.m.-midnight. Hilton BWI Airport Hotel, Baltimore. Sponsorship opportunities available. Event benefits Hospice of the Chesapeake.

Londontowne Symphony Orchestra Gala. Tuesday, March 24th. 6-9 p.m. The Byzantium (Greek Orthodox Church), Annapolis. Performance by the LSO, heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, silent auction, and raffle. $75.



St. Jude Hope in the Harbor Gala. Thursday, April 9th. 6 p.m. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore. Tastings with Baltimore’s top chefs and restaurants and silent and live auctions. $195. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Sponsorship opportunities available.

Cirque de Creek Auction. April 11th. 7-11 p.m. Indian Creek Upper School, Crownsville. Event benefits Indian Creek School in Crownsville.

Havana Nights Awards Gala. Sunday, April 12th. The Restaurant Association of Maryland will honor the best of the state's hospitality industry. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Cambridge. $175.

Junior League of Annapolis’ Casino Night. Friday, April 17th. Loews Annapolis Hotel. Open bar, casino games, silent auction, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Black tie optional.

Memory Ball: “Dancing Stars.” Saturday, April 18th. 7 p.m.-midnight. Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Watch ten of Baltimore's finest tango, salsa, and cha cha at this annual fundraising event. Event benefits the Alzheimer's Association.

Gutter Ball Gala. Friday, April 24th. 7-11 p.m. Greenway Bowl, Odenton. Food, bowling, and live and silent auctions. Sponsorship opportunities available. Event benefits The Summit School's educational programs. 410-798-0005.

Historic London Towne & Garden Mermaid Society's Privateer Party. Friday, April 24th. 6-9 p.m. Historic London Towne & Garden, Edgewater. Food, drinks, and silent and live auctions. Event benefits Historic London Towne & Garden.

AAMC’s Denim & Diamonds Spring Fundraising Bash. Saturday, April 25th. Annapolis Exchange. Food, live music, and auction. Sponsorship opportunities available.

Spring Benefit for Benedictine. Saturday, April 25th.

WineFest at St. Michaels. April 25th-26th. Throughout historic St. Michaels. Event benefits local nonprofit organizations.

Women & Girls Fund 13th Annual Spring Luncheon. Monday, April 27th. 11:30 a.m. The Milestone, Easton. Presentation of the Women & Girls Fund Award to a community volunteer and grants given to selected Mid-Shore nonprofit organizations. 410-770-8347.



All That Art Reception. Friday, May 1st. 6-9 p.m. Maryland Hall, Annapolis. 10th Anniversary exhibit, live and silent auctions, and more. $100. 410-263-5544.

We Believe Golf Classic. Friday, May 1st. 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. Lake Presidential Golf Course, Upper Marlboro. Complimentary lunch, dinner, beer, and soft drinks. Raffle and awards to follow golf. $125/single player; $500/foursome. 240-232-7795.

Come Fly With Us. Saturday, May 2nd. Historic Gross Coate Estate, Easton. Cocktails, dinner, dancing, and more. 410-822-2787.

Naptown barBAYq & Music Festival. Saturday, May 2nd-Sunday, May 3rd. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Saturday); 12-6 p.m. (Sunday). Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. $10 in advance; $15 at gate; free for children ages 12 and under. 443-254-1400.

Maryland Therapeutic Riding’s Derby Day Party. Saturday, May 2nd. Live showing of the Kentucky Derby, mock betting, a hat contest, buffet dinner, drinks (and mint juleps!), and live and silent auctions. 410-923-6800.

Six Pillars Century Cycling Fundraiser. Saturday, May 2nd. 7-9 a.m. (“show and go” start); 10 a.m. (family ride). Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. Four ride choices: 11-mile family ride, 37-mile fun and fitness ride, 56-mile Ironman Eagleman 70.3 Course, and 100-mile Century Course. $15-$90, depending on ride. Event benefits Character Counts Mid-Shore, Inc. 410-819-0386.

Derby Day Party at Talisman Farm. Saturday, May 2nd. 4 p.m. The Manor House at Talisman Farm, Grasonville. $85. Buffet dinner by Saucy Salamander, live showing of the Kentucky Derby on large screens, a rider demonstration, silent auction and live auction, a Best Derby Day Hat contest, and a bourbon tasting. Tables can be reserved for 4, 6, or 8 people. 443-239-9400.

Kennedy Center Spring Gala. Sunday, May 3rd. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, D.C. Elegant dinner, gala performance, and 'Til Midnight party on the roof terrace. Event benefits Center's performances, education programs, and outreach initiatives. 202-467-4600.

Great Give Anne Arundel County – Countdown Party. Wednesday, May 6th. Celebrate 24-hours of giving with live music, food, and drinks. 410-280-1102.

Tee Up for a Child Golf Tournament. Thursday, May 7th. 9 a.m. shotgun start. Eisenhower Golf Course, Crownsville. $175/individual; $700/foursome. 410-267-7877.

GBMC Golf Classic. Monday, May 11th. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Turf Valley Golf Course, Ellicott City. 443-849-2000.

Fashion for a Cause. Thursday, May 14th. 410-987-2003.

CASA's Off to the Races. Saturday, May 16th. 5-8:30 p.m. Hemmersley Farm, St. Michaels. $150. 410-822-2866.

Piney Orchard Street Festival. Saturday, May 16th. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Stream Valley Drive, Odenton, and in front of Piney Orchard Community Center. Free. 410-672-4273.

Annual Chesapeake Bay Tour de Cure. Saturday, May 16th. Varying start times depending upon race length. Talbot County Community Center, Easton. $215. 410-265-0075.

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival. Saturday, May 16th-Sunday, May 17th. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Saturday); 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sunday). Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. 410-257-7413.

Compass Regional Hospice’s Golf Tournament.
Monday, May 18th. Prospect Bay Country Club, Queenstown. Traditional course and "contest holes." 443-262-4100.

Chestertown Tea Party Festival. Friday, May 22nd- Sunday, May 24th. Re-enactments, wine and craft beer tastings, and more. Throughout historic Chestertown. Free.

Party on the Point: Celebrating 50 Years on the Bay. Saturday, May 23rd. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Food, family fun, live music, and more. 410-745-2916.  

Courtney's Color Run. Sunday, May 24th. Event benefits the "Courage for Courtney" scholarship fund. 240-232-7795.

Seersucker & Linen. Friday, May 29th. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Annapolis Yacht Club, Annapolis. $95, includes food and three drink tickets.  VIP tickets are available and include food and top-shelf liquor. 443-471-1608.

Leukemia Cup Regatta After-Race Party. Saturday, May 30th. 4-7 p.m. Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis. $20/general admission; $50/VIP (includes dinner and all-you-can-drink!). 443-471-1608.


Annual May Events:



TWIN Awards Dinner. Thursday, June 4th. The Westin Annapolis. Cocktail hour, dinner, and awards presentation. 410-626-7800 x118.

Secret Garden Tour. Saturday, June 6th-Sunday, June 7th. Noon Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Hammond-Harwood House, Annapolis. See dazzling gardens on this tour through downtown Annapolis. $35. 410-263-4683.

Girlfriends’ Flower Power Party. Thursday, June 18th. 5-9 p.m. William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis. Complimentary wine, beer, and “Pacatinis,” sample food from the area’s finest caterers, and shop at the boutique marketplace.

Annapolis Arts Crafts & Wine Festival. Saturday, June 6th-Sunday, June 7th. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Saturday) and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday). Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis. Craft vendors, wine sampling, food, live music, and family-friendly activities. $30/wine tasting ticket; $8/non-tasting ticket; $5 youth ticket (ages 12-18); free/children ages 12 and under.

Great Strides. Saturday, June 6th. 10 a.m. check-in; 11 a.m. walk time. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis. Family-oriented event with a 5k walk, children's activities, food, and festivities.

Chesapeake Challenge. Saturday, June 6th-Sunday, June 7th. 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Talbot County Community Center. $300 fundraising minimum. Biking route options from 30 to 100 miles. Benefits multiple sclerosis outreach, advocacy, and research.

National Music Festival. May 31st-June 13th. Washington College, Chestertown. Variety of free and ticketed concerts and open rehearsals. $200/festival pass.

Bands in the Sand. Saturday, June 13th. 5-10:30 p.m. Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis. Live music, drinks, and buffet. Benefits Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s efforts to defend and protect the Bay.

Every Step Counts. Saturday, June 13th. Anne Arundel Community College. 9 a.m.-noon. Walk, bike, or run to raise money for Bello Machre.

Pickering Creek Summer Gala- Tour Toast and Taste. June 13th. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tour of a local private estate, wine, hors d’ouevres, and silent auction. $125 in advance; $150 at the door.

OBI 12th Annual Links Challenge. Monday, June 22nd. 8 a.m. Compass Pointe Golf Course, Pasadena. Sponsorship opportunities available.

Eastport-a-Rockin’. Saturday, June 20th. Back Creek and Second Street, Eastport. Local music festival with food, drinks, and vendors. Free/children ages 12 and under.

What’s Up? Best Of Party. Thursday, June 25th. Loews Annapolis Hotel.


Big Band Night.  July 4th. 7-10 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. $5/members; $10/non-members; $2/after 8:45 p.m.; free/children under 12. 410-745-2916.

The Annapolis Irish Festival. Friday, July 10th and Saturday, July 11th. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville.

Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off. Saturday, July 11th. 5-10 p.m. Race Street and Poplar Street, Cambridge. $25. 443-477-0843.

Plein Air Competition & Arts Festival’s Collectors’ Preview Party. Friday, July 17th. 410-822-7297.

Annual July Events:



Rescue Fire Company Seafood Feast-I-Val. Saturday, August 8th. Sailwinds Park, Cambridge. Great food and music. 410-228-1211.

Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Sunday, August 9th. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. $18/Non-Members Adult; $10/CBMM Member Adult & Licensed Watermen Adult; $8/Ages 6-17; $6/CBMM Member Child & Licensed Watermen Child; free for children 5 years of age and younger. 410-745-2916.

Annual Boatyard Bar and Grill Regatta and Battle of the Chesapeake. Saturday, August 22nd. 410-216-6206.

Annual August Events:



The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival. Saturday, September 5th-Monday, September 7th. Avalon Theatre, Easton. 410-819-0380.

Arts Alive Gala. Friday, September 11th. 6-11 p.m. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. $150/person. 410-263-5544.

Maryland Seafood Festival. Saturday, September 12th-Sunday, September 13th. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Saturday); 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sunday). Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. $15/general admission.

Boating Party Gala Fundraiser. Saturday, September 12th. 5:30-10 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Cocktails, dinner, and dancing on Navy Point. $200/person; $2,000/table of ten. 410-745-2916. 

Annual Summer Sendoff: Blues, Brews, and BBQ. Saturday, September 12th. 443-477-0843.

Chestertown Jazz Festival/Art in the Park. Saturday, September 15th. 410-810-2060.

Bello Machre Golf Tournament. Wednesday, September 16th. Shotgun start at 10 a.m.; dinner and awards at 3 p.m. Queenstown Harbor Golf Course, Queenstown. 443-702-3000.

Boatyard Beach Bash. Saturday, September 19th. Proceeds support the Annapolis Maritime Museum. 410-216-6206.

Hospice Cup. Saturday, September 19th. 5-9 p.m. 410-919-8393.

Magic in the Meadow. Saturday, September 26th. Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 410-634-2847.

Annual September Events:

  • Hammond-Harwood House Annual Garden Party – 410-263-4683 -
  • CBEC Wet and Wild Auction – 410-827-6694 -
  • AAMC Foundation Golf Classic – 443-481-4739 -
  • Taste of the Sassafras – 410-648-6844 -
  • The Taste of the Chesapeake Gala – 443-949-0575
  • Chesapeake Film Festival’s Closing Night Reception – 410-822-3500
  • Live on the Farm Benefit Concert to support Maryland Therapeutic Riding – 410-923-6816 -
  • St. Michaels Concours d'Elegance Fundraising Dinner.



Hospice of the Chesapeake’s Golf Tournament. Thursday, October 1st. 410-987-2003.

St. Martin’s Ministries Arts Dinner and Auction.
Friday, October 9th. 410-634-1140.

OysterFest. Saturday, October 31st. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. $15/non-member adult; $6/children ages 6-17; free/CBMM members and children ages 5 and under. 410-745-2916.

Annual October Events:



CASAblanca. Saturday, November 7th. 7-11 p.m. Westin Annapolis Hotel. $150/ticket. 410-267-7877.

Fish for A Cure. Saturday, November 7th. Fishing tournament on Chesapeake Bay (sunrise-5 p.m.); weigh-in at Pussers Dock, Annapolis (5-6 p.m.); and Shore Party at Downtown Marriott Hotel, Annapolis (6-11 p.m.). $500/boat entry; $100/Shore Party ticket. 410-349-4070.

Severn Town Club's Annual Holly Ball. Friday, November 20th. 6 p.m. Westin Annapolis Hotel.

Annual November events:



Annual Friends Foundation Holiday Party. Saturday, December 5th.

Christmas in St. Michaels. December 11th-13th. Noon-3 p.m. (Friday); 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday); 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sunday). Throughout St. Michaels. 410-745-0745.