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Jan 18, 2018 09:48AM ● By Nicole Gould

John R. Valliant, president of the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, and Kristen Greenaway, president of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum smile in front of CBMM’s 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

CBMM receives grant from Grayce B. Kerr Fund 

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum received a $100,000 grant from the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, an Easton-based philanthropy that supports educational achievement and growth. The grant will help underwrite the cost of the master plan process, an integral part of CBMM’s five-year comprehensive campaign to allow the development of a number of long-term campus enhancements, including the locations of four new buildings. 

Driving Away Cancer Charity Golf Tournament 


Driving Away Cancer held its inaugural charity golf tournament on September 26th at the Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville, raising more than $31,000. Proceeds from the tournament support the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute serving those in the community that have been diagnosed with cancer. Attendees enjoyed great golf prizes, raffles, a silent auction, and a day of fun on the links. 

Wye Financial & Trust Sponsors the Best New Artist to Plein Air Award


Wye Financial & Trust, a division of Shore United Bank and a member of the Shore Bancshares community of companies, sponsored the Best New Artist award for Plein Air Easton. Plein Air has been a local tradition for the past thirteen years and Wye Financial & Trust is excited to have been a part of the special event. The Best New Artist award is presented to help celebrate and encourage new talent to join in the artistic competition. Jim McVicker, the painter of the Oxford Water Tower and recipient of the award, is from Loleta, California.

Marinucci joins CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation program


Dominic Marinucci of Ridgely, has joined the staff of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum as a Seasonal Boat Cleaner with the Charity Boat Donation Program. Marinucci receives vocational services from Benedictine Adult Services Program where participants explore vocational interests, engage in job development, and build skills in industries of choice within a supportive environment designed to assist in finding competitive, integrated employment in the community.

The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Announces Expansion 


Construction on the second phase of The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club began in November 2017 with an anticipated completion date of June 2018. The next phase will consist of Inn Too, a new standalone farm style building featuring 18 guest rooms, suites, and five one-bedroom cottages. Opening in spring 2018 and located adjacent to the Potting Shed and within Hops Gardens, a Splash Garden has been designed to give guests of all ages a place to relax and play, featuring three multi-tier dipping pools with abundant lounge furnishings.

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy Welcomes New Development & Event Coordinator


Kristan Droter joins MRC as their new Development & Event Coordinator. Droter has a strong background in management, finance, sales, and marketing. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Psychology. Her career has taken her to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. Droter says she is thrilled to return to her birthplace on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore.

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