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Two locals Competing in Cross Country Bike Ride for Cancer


Kenneth (Kenny) Britton and Kirk Marks are sophomores at Chesapeake College. In the summer of 2014 they will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70 day, 4000+ mile bike ride from Baltimore to San Diego. Each student is expected to raise $5000 towards the Cancer fund prior to their departure.

The 4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults and their loved ones affected by cancer.  Since 2001 groups of college students have undertaken journeys across America with the goal of offering hope, inspiration and support to cancer communities along the way. In 2013, 127 4K for Cancer participants traveled across America and were able to raise nearly $775,000 to support young adults affected by cancer. 2014 will represent the 13th year the 4K will travel across the country and bring new and exciting opportunities to the program.

The 4K Team of approximately 30 riders, kicked off their fundraising efforts on Friday, January 17th at an event at the headquarters for the 4K for Cancer in Baltimore. The students will depart in June from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, ride across America traveling first south through Virginia and the Carolinas before heading west through states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Along the way students will board in hospitals, churches, educational facilities and other locations donated by generous hosts before ending their journey on August 9th in Mission Beach Park in San Diego, California.

Kenny and Kirk were selected among the applicants following an extensive essay and interview process where they demonstrated a passion for biking and a desire to assist in the fight against Cancer.

After witnessing his mom being diagnosed with and beating cervical cancer, his grandfather’s fight against throat, mouth and prostate cancer and also witnessing many family members lose the fight against lung cancer; Kenny decided to join the fight against all cancers. Kenny says, “Cancer is a huge killer and I cannot name a family that has not lost a member to it. Cancer awareness is on the rise and it helps to know people want a cure and see the need for a cure. This is something I can do, involved in the scientific research of cancer or not, that the cancer community can benefit from.”

Kirk also witnessed both of his grandmother’s lose the battle against cancer and decided to join the crusade..” Kirk says, “I can think of no better way to spend seventy days and four-thousand miles of 2014, than riding for a cause.”

Kenny and Kirk have been best friends since early childhood and developed a passion for biking in their early teens while trick biking.  Today their passion has evolved into long distance rides. In preparation for their upcoming ride they will be taking many spin classes at Island Athletic Club and embark on moderate training rides from Kent Island to Ocean City, accompanied by many of their perspective teammates.

“I’m riding 4000 miles this summer to honor the one’s who spend everyday fighting for the lives they dream of, and to push my limits of adventure in an extraordinary way” – Kenny Britton

“I am embarking on this cross-country journey to inspire others, instill hope and satisfy my quest for adventure and a cure.” -Kirk Marks

4K for Cancer is an exceptional organization full of amazing individuals who are giving their all so that the one’s fighting this relentless disease know the fight is worth THEIR all. Donate today to Kenny and Kirk for their travels and efforts towards discovering a cure!

To donate and view Kenny and Kirk’s essays and profiles online go to and

To donate by check, send to:

4K for Cancer

921 East Fort Ave

Suite 325

Baltimore MD, 21230

(Be sure to include in the memo line who’s name you’re donating to.)

Both Kenny and Kirk would like to thank supporters in advance and say. “Thank you from both of us. We are very much appreciative of this opportunity you have given us!”

Paul Reed Smith Guitars Awards for Excellence in Service

GroupShot (400 x 267)Paul Reed Smith Guitars celebrated milestones in service for 34 PRS Employees on Tuesday, December 17th. Employees with Five Years of Service, Ten Years of Service, Fifteen Years of Service, Twenty Years of Service and Twenty-Five Years of Service were celebrated with plaques and gifts. In addition, Perfect Attendance awards were given to twenty-four PRS employees who had between one and twelve years of perfect attendance.

Fifteen Year Service Award: David Feifer, Brian Mench, Dana Seidman, Steve Sears and Sean Littleton

Twenty and Twenty-Five Year Service Awards: Rob Heuer (20), Brian Selph (25) and Marc Quigley (25)

All Time in Service Award Winners – Group Photo

About PRS Guitars:
Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople design and build a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric and acoustic guitars as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products compliments the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric and acoustic guitars and guitar amplifiers. Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, John McLaughlin, Linkin Park, Orianthi, Opeth, Zach Myers of Shinedown, Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, Ricky Skaggs, Cody Kilby, Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.

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Hospice of Queen Anne’s Announces Newly Appointed Board Members

New board members_grp (400 x 281)Hospice of Queen Anne’s recently announced the appointment of seven new members to its Board of Directors. Edward Allen, Frank Divilio, George Foss, Richard Genato, M.D., Diane Pappas, Douglas Pierson and Marsha Wilder have been named as new directors to the board for three year terms.

Edward C. Allen of Easton is the chief financial officer at CNB in Centreville. His banking career spans 24 years primarily in Northern Virginia where he served as chief financial officer or chief operating officer of three community banks. He has a master’s degree in finance and extensive senior management experience. Allen has served on the boards of various nonprofit and civic organizations.

Frank Divilio of Centreville is owner of State Farm Insurance Agency of Centreville. He has been helping the community with insurance needs, investments and business development since 2004. Prior to opening State Farm Insurance, Divilio was with Maryland Capital Enterprises where he was involved in new business development and locating startup capital. He is a graduate of Salisbury University.

George Foss of Queenstown is an accomplished attorney with a successful 30-year career with the AT&T Corporation, where he managed the Law Department that supported the real estate and purchasing organizations of AT&T. Foss was awarded a Juris Doctorate degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. Foss has served on the Board of Directors of the Bonnie Brae School, a residential school for at-risk boys which offers an alternative to incarceration.

Richard Genato, M.D. of Annapolis is a physician with The Kahan Centers for Pain Management located in Chester. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with interests focusing on the nonsurgical treatment of musculoskeletal and spinal disorders. He entered a fellowship in interventional spine therapeutics and pain management with Dr. Kahan and upon completion in 2006, formally joined the practice.

Diane Pappas of Centreville is an active community volunteer, fundraiser and a hospice volunteer. She has served on the Hospice Gala Committee for three years and was recently appointed to the HQA’s Development Committee. She has also served as chair of the Gunston School barn sale and on the fundraising committees of Mental Health of Queen Anne’s and the Shore Regional Health Emergency Center. Pappas is a certified yoga instructor and has contributed countless hours of instruction in yoga, relaxation and meditation training. Pappas is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Douglas Pierson of Federalsburg is president and managing partner of Pierson Comfort Group, LLC, a regional company specializing in comfort station rentals and executive restroom trailers. He has a long-standing commitment with Queenstown Bank of MD having served as vice chair of the board for more than 25 years. Pierson has also served on the boards of numerous organizations including Memorial Hospital of Easton, MD Hospital Association, and the American Cancer Society of the Eastern Shore.

Marsha Wilder of Galena is an educator having instructed middle school students in Reading and Language Arts since 1982. She is well known for the creation of the “Multicultural Cookbooks for Hospice” project, one of Centreville Middle School’s longest-running Service Learning Projects that raises funds for HQA while teaching students about the importance of giving. Wilder recently completed an adjunct professor engagement at Washington College where she trained middle and high school teachers in special teaching methods. She has a master’s degree in English from Salisbury University.

“The knowledge and experience of these professionals complements our talented and diverse board. Their combined expertise will be extremely helpful as we plan our new strategic initiatives, while continuing to provide the highest level of hospice and grief care to residents of the Eastern Shore,” said Eileen Nonemaker, chair, Hospice of Queen Anne’s board of directors.

In photo: The newly appointed Hospice of Queen Anne’s board members are, from left, Richard Genato, M.D., George Foss, Diane Pappas, Edward Allen, Douglas Pierson and Marsha Wilder. Frank Divilio is not pictured.

Kent Island Garden Club To Present “Holiday in the Home”

The Kent Island Garden Club will present ” Holiday in the Home” which will feature demonstrations of creative floral designs by Murdoch Florists, a holiday boutique and a Shabby Chic table on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the American Legion on Route 8 in Stevensville from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The designers will demonstrate floral designs which include flowers, evergreens, LED lights and other design elements to create new ideas for using what is already available within the home. The designs will be raffled during the afternoon. In addition, there will be door prizes, a Shabby Chic table, Unique by Design ( affordable fashion jewelry), and a 50/50 raffle. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

This event is the single annual fundraiser for the Kent Island Garden Club. The proceeds from the sale of the tickets will be used to fund the many local projects in which the Garden Club participates throughout the year. Among these projects are the seasonal decorations at the historic Cray House in Stevensville, the design and maintainence of the colonial herb garden. Seasonal decorations are also done at the Love Point Train Station, the historic Stevensville post office and at the Kent Island Library.

Members also support the Heritage Society’s ongoing restoration of the Kirwan House gardens and the new butterfly garden. Other projects include the landscaping development and maintainence for the historic plot at the Stevensville Cemetery and the environmentally suitable landscaping for Broad Creek cemetery. The “Let Freedom RIng” garden at the Kent Island Volunteer Firehouse is maintained by the club. Memorial bricks for the walkway to honor those who have served our country are available through the garden club.

The garden participates with other civic groups to support and enrich the community. On the Kent Island Heritage Day, the club participates in the parade and staffs a booth to provide information and to sell perennial plants which flourish in this area.

The county owned historic Christ Church in Stevensville has its seasonal garden planted and tended to by the garden club to enhance the lovely old building.

The K.I. Garden Club also works with school children to develop and cultivate an interest in gardening. Matapeake School and the garden club have worked with an interested group of students to develop environmentally friendly gardens around the school.

The Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore has invited the K.I. Garden Club to participate in the prestigious Art Blooms festival for more than ten years. Each club is assigned an exhibited artwork to design and present a floral interpretation of that artwork. As a spin-offof this beautiful event, the K.I. Federation of Art has invited the K.I. Garden Club members to select artwork presented for the juried art show in the spring and create floral interpretations.

In addition to the aforementioned projects, the K.I. Garden Club provides financial support to the following: Adkins Arboretum, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage, Daffodil Society, The Kent Island Heritage Society and several other organizations.

Join Annie’s & The Shore Update In Helping Others

Twas just weeks before Christmas
And all through the Shore
Everyone was talking
More than usual…much more
It’s time for our annual Christmas by the Bay
And we are all shouting out…hooray… hooray
It’s a time to have fun, it’s a time to share
For someone in need, for someone who needs care

Christmas by the Bay is many things… a special night at Annie’s Paramount Steak and Seafood House; great deals on gift cards offered by 40 local merchants; artisans selling their special crafts; and, Santa and Mrs. Claus visiting for the kids and for the kids in all of us. Above all, it is a time to share with someone in need.

This year, we are helping the Clough family from Stevensville. Recently, their two-year old daughter Hunter was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that attacks the muscle fibers. It is a curable cancer, but Hunter is undergoing six months of chemotherapy followed by up to three weeks of radiation treatments. It is a difficult time for Hunter and for her family. Follow them on Facebook at to see how Hunter is doing.

Christmas by the Bay is raising funds for the Clough family in several ways. We will have three raffle baskets each valued at over $300. Be sure to purchase raffle tickets for the basket or baskets of your choice. All the money collected will be donated to Hunter.

We also are raising funds by selling Bracelets for Hope with an angel ornament for $10. Sadie Groves is the coordinator for this charity that was set up to help children with cancer. According to Sadie, “When I was five, I lost one of my best friends to a rare and aggressive cancer. The day he passed away, I promised myself that when I was a grown up or twelve, I would start a charity for him.” Sadie’s best friend was my son Jacob, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

“In this season of joy and giving, there is no better way to celebrate the holidays than to help someone in need. Come to Annie’s on December 11 and buy a Bracelet for Hope or a raffle ticket. All the monies collected will be donated to Hunter,” according to Cheri Hoffman, owner of the Shore Update and coordinator for the event. “I know that your spirits will be lifted by helping this little girl in need.”

We are celebrating Christmas by the Bay on Wednesday, December 11 from 5:30-8:30pm at Annie’s Paramount Steak and Seafood House. Join us for an evening of fun, food, shopping and sharing. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be visiting, and we will have treat bags for the kids.

More than 25 area vendors will be selling unique gifts and crafts. Annie’s will be offering a complimentary dessert station and two dinner specials. You can choose from a 1.5 pound lobster dinner for $19.95 or a fried chicken dinner for $12.95.

Don’t forget to purchase your discounted gift cards offered by 40 area merchants. These gifts cards are available through November 30. Visit or call 410-827-9312 through November 30.


Coastal Cottage

Michelle Bowman grew up as a river rat on Middle River and thus began her love of water and the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay. She graduated from Towson State University with a degree in art. Pair that with a natural ability to lead, an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion and an idea… and born is Coastal Cottage Consignment, Home Decor, Furniture and Gifts.

Michelle’s artistic spirit, a keen eye for design and her love for bargain hunting at consignment shops inspired her creative spirit to open Coastal Cottage. It is not just a gift and home decor shop but part of the booming consignment industry. Coastal Cottage believes you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have good taste and a nice home.

The perfect client or patron for Coastal Cottage is someone who is looking for that perfect piece to complete a room, a first time homeowner or even an empty nester wanting to downsize and sell items no longer needed. Coastal Cottage also offers unique gifts for a birthdays, house warmings, anniversaries or weddings.

Coastal Cottage offers a variety of home decor products including painted furniture, lamps, pillows and home accessories, both new and gently used. They also carry an inventory of new furnishings by Mud Pie, Natural Life and Midwest as part of the gift line. The shop even features a pet boutique, influenced by a love for furry friends. Michelle’s furry friends Chloe and Lucy often can be found strolling amongst the decor. Michelle is proud to offer many items made in the USA.

Michelle’s love of the water and the coastal decor found in the Florida Keys is a big inspiration for the style and theme of the store. Coastal Cottage generally accepts only coastal inspired, slightly used items and displays them in a way reminiscent of high end designer showrooms. In order to better assist clients having difficulty visualizing a setting, they set up visually depictive vignettes to provide inspiration and perspective on how the items will look in their homes. In addition, Michelle offers interior design services to those who need that little extra inspiration and support. The shop also carries works by local artists that accentuate their coastal decor and give it a local flavor.

Stop by and ask Michelle about her favorite new Coastal Cottage decor items… custom metal pails, vases and mail pockets from The Macbeth collection and the mermaid wall art from Twelve Tiber’s, all made in the USA.

Michelle’s partner is Missi Bowman, who currently resides in Timonium. Missi has local ties to the area having grown up and spent much time in Oxford and in the Bennett Point Community. Second in command is Michelle’s mom Rose Ortel. Rose offers complimentary tea on Tuesdays and will be offering Dessert Teas in 2014. Look for those upcoming dates and times in the Shore Update. Stop in and say “hello” to the Coastal Cottage associates, fun loving and always smiling Elisabeth Cavanaugh and Paige Roschi.

Locally Michelle supports ARF, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Wounded Warriors Project. She resides in Stevensville with her husband, 11 year old daughter, two stepdaughters and five furry friends. Missi lives in Timonium and resides with four furry friends. Michelle wishes to thank her mom and dad who believed in her and her passion and supported her in realizing her dream of bringing this amazing store, Coastal Cottage, to the residents of Grasonville and Queen Anne’s County. She hopes the residents enjoy her dream.

A holiday open house “Christmas at the Cottage” is scheduled for Friday, November 29th. Visit them at the Kent Narrows and Wells Cove at 110 Channel Marker Way in front of the Hilton. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to help Michelle and Missi greet their guests. For more details on the event go to or call 443-904-2124 or 410-340-2040.

Get To Know Wayne Zussman and Triton Wealth Management

WBZ Photo (400 x 384)Triton Wealth Management offers Financial Planning, Investment Management and Tax Preparation and Planning for its clients.

As a resident of Queen Anne’s County, Wayne Zussman noticed there were no independent fee-only financial planners on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He believed his unbiased approach was much needed locally and started Triton Wealth Management, located in Chester’s Red Apple Corner Plaza.

Triton Wealth Management is different from other investment firms in that most others do not involve themselves in their clients’ taxes. Wayne believes that taxes are an integral part of any financial planning or investment strategy since they account for approximately one-third of most people’s income. Wayne says he never understood how other advisors worked with clients and never addressed issues related to their tax situation.

Triton offers its services to anyone who desires to improve his or her financial well-being. The company specializes in assisting clients who realize retirement is not far off and those going through a life-changing event such as divorce or loss of a spouse.

Triton Wealth Management currently employs seven people and maintains offices in Annapolis, Gaithersburg and Easton. Members of the team hold the following designations: Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA). With those designations come many required hours of continuing education each year to better assist clients.

Employee’s of Triton Wealth Management are true to their profession and have obtained the education, training and certifications necessary to be able to sit across from a prospective client and know they can help. They provide a different approach than the big firms, banks or insurance companies in that as advisors they are 100% independent; they do not sell any products. The employees are compensated only for the advice they provide and not by commissions on sales. Wayne believes that this allows them to be totally unbiased in the recommendations they make, and clients appreciate that Triton employees’ goals are totally aligned with theirs.

In order to better serve the community, Triton also conducts classes through Chesapeake Community College. Their next course is entitled “Gaining Financial Control of Your Divorce” and will be held on December 5th at both the Stevensville and Centreville branches of the QAC public libraries.

Triton’s community involvement goes beyond financial planning. Wayne is the treasurer of Talisman Therapeutic Riding in Grasonville. His associate Karen Baer is on the board of Crossroads Community, Inc. and the Chesapeake Women’s Network. They also are members of the Queen Anne’s and Talbot Chambers of Commerce. Triton has held financial literacy camps for teenagers with all proceeds going to CBEC. Triton Wealth Management supports the Waterfowl Festival in Easton each year. Personally, Wayne is involved with Maryland Special Olympics and the local chapter of Boy Scouts of America.

Wayne has lived in Grasonville in the Prospect Bay community for over eight years with his wife and two sons, aged 16 and 14. He is a graduate of the State University of New York with an Accounting Degree and earned an MBA in Finance from Pace University and the College of Financial Planning. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his boys. His hobbies include photography, golf and racquetball.

Call Wayne and his team at Triton Wealth Management at 1-866-880-7500, and learn how they can assist you with all your financial needs. For more information go to


Sweet Stuff Café

~More Than Just Sweets… organic eco-conscience coffee, local homemade ice cream, gourmet sandwiches, homemade baked pies and original artwork.

Sweet Stuff Café, located at 356 Romancoke Road near Carini’s Pizza, officially opened its doors on October 12th. It is the life long dream of Angie Johnson and Cheryl Eslin; sisters who have had a passion for baking and cooking since they were children. They spotted the current location and thought it would be the perfect spot for a community café with easy parking and easy access from Romancoke Road to the Bay Bridge and Route 50.

Sweet Stuff Café carries eco-friendly, locally made all-organic coffees by the Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company in Crofton, Maryland. The coffee company donates 2% of its sales to local organizations that help to protect, preserve and promote the enjoyment of the Chesapeake Bay through its H2O Initiative. The coffee is a high quality organic product roasted using new technology that reduces the carbon footprint by 80% as opposed to traditional roasting methods. The company believes in reducing, reusing, recycling, and making a difference. Try one of Sweet Stuff’s coffees, cappuccinos, lattes or espresso drinks flavored to your liking for a special treat.

Keven Johnson, Angie’s husband says, “It is a great quality coffee. I am a self-admitted ‘Coffee Snob’ and wouldn’t serve less than the best.!” Enjoy the café’s great atmosphere while admiring the original artwork created by Keven , co-owner and artist.

Sweet Stuff Café also is an exclusive carrier of Vanderwende ice cream and dairy products from Bridgeville, Delaware. The only other place you will taste these homemade products is down on the farm. Vanderwende products make the milkshakes and hot fudge sundaes stand out, and Angie and Cheryl recommend any of them with a shot of espresso for extra delight.

If you stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, let Angie and Cheryl show you why the Shoreman quickly has become the Kent Island’s signature sandwich; featuring ham, turkey, salami, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and honey mustard on three-seeded sourdough bread. Choose a different specialty sandwich or make your own hot or cold sub or panini to order. Add one of the homemade tapenades to make a mouth-watering sandwich.

Tuesday’s are Mama Joyce’s Baking days at the café. All pies and sweets are prepared from scratch, made on site and warm from the oven. For the upcoming holiday’s, make sure to order your pies a week in advance. Let Mama Joyce do the work for your perfect holiday menu.

Some of the staff shared their favorites to help you decide what to try on your first visit:
• Keven Johnson – the Shoreman, Mama Joyce’s pumpkin pie, two shots of espresso and scrambled cggs with Chorizo on an English Muffin
• Miranda Jones – a hazelnut latte and Vanderwende mint chocolate chip ice cream
• Cheryl Eslin – homemade chicken salad sandwich or any sandwich with Chop Mix, one of the homemade tapenades that transforms a great sandwich into a phenomenal sandwich
• Shannon Schaeffer – Mama Joyce’s pecan and apple crumb cakes and a caramel latte
• Angie Johnson – the Mediterranean Sandwich, Mama Joyce’s strawberry cream pie and Vanderwende mint chocolate chip ice cream with a double shot of espresso

Stop on at the Sweet Stuff Café, and they will be happy to fill you up with good food and tasty drinks. You can eat in or take out. The café is open Monday- Wednesday, 7am-6pm and Thursday-Saturday, 7 am-8pm. For a full menu or additional information go to

Meet the Artist: Jack Ehmann, Kent Island Federation of Arts

jackJack Ehmann, an artist with the Kent Island Federation of Arts, pursued his passion as a photographer after retiring from a long career in the brewing industry. His home, located on Muddy Creek, was the perfect background for a budding scenic photographer. In the 1960’s while raising a family, Jack purchased his first camera. He was questioned about the lack of family members in his photos, but his passion for scenery soon emerged.

After retiring, Jack began photographing the wildlife he would see in his backyard. Setting up a tripod on his deck so that he could catch wildlife at a moment’s notice became a full time hobby. He had no formal training, just a keen eye for composition.

Jack began subscribing to photography magazines and Time Life Books, absorbing all the tips on photography. One day he was lucky enough to photograph a bald eagle, which led him to James Anos, a National Geographic photographer who reviewed his work and encouraged Jack’s new-found passion.

Jack continued to develop his work and took a photography course at the Queen Anne’s Art Council, which gave him confidence in his skills. He met current KIFA president Nancy O’brien, who invited him to join KIFA and showcase his work.

Jack’s work is influenced by famed photographer Ansel Adams. He most admires Adams for his composition and old school practices. Like Adams, Jack tries to photograph his subjects without digital manipulation. He tries to get an instantaneous picture with a complimentary composition. Unlike Adams, his work is in color rather than black and white.

Jack is an active member of KIFA, showcasing his work at their Annual Member’s Photography Challenge Show and in other shows. His works also have been displayed regionally at the Queen Anne’s Arts Council, Fisherman’s Art Show benefiting Hospice, Chesapeake College, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Johns Hopkins at AAMC in Chester and currently at the Heritage Center at the Kent Narrows.

Jack enjoys being a member of KIFA He is impressed with the members’ enthusiasm and their dedication to maintaining a grassroots organization to keep the arts alive in the area.

Come celebrate KIFA’s 50th Anniversary with Jack. He is one of 50 artists whose works will be up for auction at the Artasia Gala scheduled for November 9. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at KIFA, located at 405 Main Street in Historic Stevensville. Call 410-643-7424 for additional information or visit www.KIFA.US. Posters commemorating the 50th year and featuring the art of nine artists also can be purchased for $5. Don’t forget to purchase a $50 raffle ticket and a chance to win a boat from their partner Annapolis Boat Sales. The winner of the boat raffle will be announced at the Gala.

“I Bought a Piece Of Cake”

Dr. Abe Razzak, Commission President Steve Arentz, Senator Steve Hershey, Mrs. Wendy Hershey (400 x 265)Everywhere you looked, guests at the Chesterwye Dinner /Auction were sporting a lime green, “I Bought a Piece Of Cake” sticker. This 35 year old tradition signifies that they had paid $100 for a slice of the famous Black Walnut Cake, created by Ms. Aline Koski, that annually raises thousands of dollars for the Chesterwye Center and the Chesterwye Adult Day Medical Care Program.

This Granddaddy of all the dinner fundraisers is held annually on the first Thursday of October, and once again this year the location was the beautiful Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. The event provides a large portion of the funds to enable the Chesterwye Center and The Chesterwye Adult Day Medical Care Program to enhance the lives of adults with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities.

But a new tradition has also become part of the evening. A luscious Country Cured ham has become more than worth its weight in gold. Donated by the Rhodes Brothers (Tommy and Bill), the bidding battles for this epicurean delight the past three years have become fast and furious, and are now a highly anticipated highlight of the auction. Howard Meredith started the ball rolling, and many jumped into the bidding war… and many fell to the wayside…as Jordon Songer and Doug Pierson dug their heels in, and refused to be outbid as they got into a one on one battle. Finally auctioneer Robert Campbell II called out “Sold, for $2,500 to Doug Pierson”, and a huge cheer enveloped the room.

It is this type of enthusiasm, compassion and generosity that makes the Chesterwye Dinner/auction one of the social highlights of the year on the Eastern Shore. The evening begins with a relaxing social hour, proceeds to a gourmet sit down dinner, and concludes with the silent and live auctions.

All the proceeds from the donors, sponsors and participants stay in Queen Anne’s County.

Chesterwye assistant director Janet Akers, has been part of the dinner auction for more than 25 years, and felt that this year’s guests were as kind and generous as any year that she can remember. She marveled at the enthusiasm of the bidders, and their obvious glee when they won an item. She also expressed her gratitude to the many donors who provided the gifts, and the group of volunteers who assisted her in producing the affair.

“You could see the spark was back”, said Chesterwye Foundation Board Chairman Wheeler Baker. “Looks like people are recovering from the down economy, you could feel the enthusiasm in the room. Our friends were back into their generous, giving mode, wanting to do all they could for the Chesterwye clients”.

Queen Anne’s County Commission President Steve Arentz said that the Chesterwye performs such wonderful services for the community, that he is glad that he and his wife Biana and many of their friends are able to attend this classy affair every year, and participate in the auctions.

Executive Director Dan Bungori told the crowd, “The support of everyone in this room allows us to continually improve our programs and services, and to directly support our clients by providing them the opportunity to ‘explore their possibilities”.

He especially wanted to acknowledge the sympathy of the Chesterwye Family on the passing of John “Ches” and Barbara Kellam. The Kellams were dear friends and advocates of the Chesterwye for many years. They generously donated their waterfront condo in Ocean City and a substantial stock portfolio that Mr. Bungori called one of the most generous and useful donations that he has seen in his 8 years as the Executive Director.

Mr. Bungori confirmed that it was a very positive event. He said that the evening raised over $102,000, spearheaded by the largest Live Auction support in more than 6 years. He thanked the staff and volunteers who made it run so efficiently, the sponsors and donors who contributed to the financial success, and mostly the friends and families who give so generously to this cause.

In photo: Dr. Abe Razzak, Commission President Steve Arentz, Senator Steve Hershey, Mrs. Wendy Hershey