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Encore Cabaret Raises Funds for Talbot Mentors

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Talbot Mentors welcomed more than 130 guests to The Milestone on Saturday, August 23, for “A Cabaret Spectacular!” to benefit its mentoring program, reprising the event’s popular debut last year.

The evening of music from the Great American Songbook began this year with the Free and Eazy Band, led by the event’s emcee, Dick Nolker, on the gutbucket, providing entertainment while guests mingled and enjoyed cocktails and appetizers.

Shore Strings’ Carey Miller, Meredith Buxton and Laura Ellison returned to serenade guests during dinner, which was served at tables decorated with sunflowers donated by Oxford’s Bill Eason. The featured performer was once again local musical artist Christine Noyes, accompanied on the keyboard by William Thomas. Noyes rounded out the evening with renditions of familiar tunes from musicals and movies.

Major sponsorship for the Cabaret was provided by Dock Street Foundation and The Milestone. Additional sponsors included Benson & Mangold Real Estate; Hair O’ The Dog; Hollis Cronan & Fronk, P.A.; LaMotte Properties; and SCORE Mid-Shore Chapter 626.

Talbot Mentors Executive Director Paige Jernigan expressed her appreciation to the performers and to all the sponsors for their support. She added special thanks to Linda Featherman, Richard Marks and Al Smith for their personal sponsorships and to Jessika Best, Dick Nolker, Rachel White, Javana Bowser and Peter Zukoski for helping coordinate the event.

The Cabaret raised more than $17,000 for Talbot Mentors’ program of matching volunteers with students who can benefit from the friendship of adult mentors in their lives.

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org.

Photo Captions:

Photo 1: Among the guests supporting Talbot Mentors at its cabaret fundraiser were, left to right, Joseph Doddridge, Amy Haines, Jacqueline Doddridge, Bruce Ragsdale, Mark Hill, Talbot Mentors Board Member Richard Marks, Susan Hill and Rick Scobey.

Photo 2: Christine Noyes, accompanied by William Thomas, was the featured performer at the Talbot Mentors Cabaret.

Photo 3: The Free and Eazy Band led the entertainment, with gutbucket-player Dick Nolker, standing, as the evening’s emcee.

Copyright © 2014 by Talbot Mentors, Inc. Permission is granted to use any photos within this Press Release only for publication and not for sale or resale. All other rights reserved.

Gourmet Brunch To Support Talbot Mentors, May 4

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Gourmet Brunch To Support Talbot Mentors, May 4

Talbot Mentors hosts its annual Spring Brunch on Sunday, May 4, at Talbot Country Club, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The fundraiser’s guests enjoy a gourmet buffet while supporting the organization’s program of matching adult volunteers with students who can benefit from mentoring.

The brunch is being held this year in memory of Board Member Barbara Noyes, who passed away in February. Joan Dent will provide piano accompaniment for the event.

Wells Fargo Advisors are sponsoring the brunch, with additional individual sponsorships from friends of Talbot Mentors.

Donors support the brunch by providing a wide array of items for its silent auction, including unique artwork and jewelry, gift baskets, wine and gift certificates. Guests may mingle and make their bids while sipping coffee and juice or refreshments from the bar, before sitting down to omelets made to order and other brunch fare.

A blind wine bottle pick and balloon raffle offer additional opportunities for guests to support the organization while taking home surprise gifts.

Talbot Mentors Program Coordinator Jessika Best offered special thanks to Brunch Committee Chair Marykay Powell and committee members John Franke, Martha Horner, Margot Miller, Jim Reed and Al Smith for their efforts in securing silent auction items and donations.

Tickets are $75 each, available by calling the Talbot Mentors office at 410-770-5999. The deadline for reservations is April 25.

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org.

Photo Captions:

Dynan_Watters_2013.jpg:  At last year’s Talbot Mentors Spring Brunch, Meredith Watters, in foreground at right, admires jewelry crafted and donated to the silent auction by Maryetta Dynan, left.

Brunch_Diners_2013.jpg:  Talbot Mentors Spring Brunch guests enjoy a gourmet brunch at Talbot Country Club while supporting the organization’s mentoring program.

Copyright © 2014 by Talbot Mentors, Inc. Permission is granted to use any photos within this Press Release only for publication and not for sale or resale. All other rights reserved.

Talbot Mentors Reception Honors Artists And Their Student Partners In Art

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Talbot Mentors Reception Honors Artists And Their Student Partners In Art

Talbot Mentors students displayed their artwork to admiring guests at the organization’s annual Partners In Art reception on Saturday, April 5. Hosted by the law firm of Hollis, Cronan & Fronk, the reception honored the local artists who donate their time each year to introduce students to artistic talents many never knew they had.

During a brief presentation, glass artist Paul Winters spoke of his enthusiasm for the program. “I give the kids an experience where they see something they never thought they could do,” he explained. “I give them the tools and instruction, but they do it the way they want to. A lot of them never knew what they were capable of doing.”

Winters worked with mentee Josh Payne during the past year. Payne created a number of stained and kiln-fired glass pieces that were on exhibit during the reception. His mentor, Mike Gates, was on hand to offer his own praise, but Winters noted that he expects more than just standing by and watching from the mentors. “There are a lot of mentors’ wives with pieces of jewelry,” he laughed.

Other artists participating with Winters this year were Deborah Colborn, John and Maryetta Dynan, Terri Griffin, Eileen Herbert, Margot Miller, Ted Mueller, Peg Papa, Tom Ryan, Jacquie Pfaff-Pratt, Shirley Sallet, Sue Stockman, Jen Wagner, and Heidi Wetzel.

In addition to thanking the host law firm and participating artists, Talbot Mentors Board President Jim Reed expressed his appreciation to others who contributed to the reception and the Partners In Art program’s success. Dock Street Foundation provided display panels for the artwork and Oxford Community Center loaned tables and chairs. Talbot County Arts Council, with funds from the Talbot County Council, provided funding for the program.

A highlight of the event was former mentee, Tyrell Jackson, returning to help the organization that had matched him as a child with his mentor, Al Smith. A graduate of St. Michaels High School, Jackson furthered his education at the Culinary Institute of Virginia in Norfolk. At the reception, he worked with Tyler Heim of Justine’s Ice Cream Parlour to create an array of hors d’oeuvres for the guests.

The students’ artwork will be on display at the law office through the First Friday Gallery Walk on May 2.

Talbot Mentors welcomes additional artists who may wish to participate in the next season’s program, along with new volunteer mentors to match with students on its waiting list.

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org.


A graduate of the Talbot Mentors program, Tyrell Jackson, left, returned as chef for the Partners In Art reception, here with Mike Gates, center, and Gates’ mentee, Josh Payne.

Josh Payne, left, worked with artist Paul Winters to create a number of stained and kiln-fired glass pieces.

Artist Tom Ryan, left, partnered with mentee Jonathan Storch, who painted “Kitty.”

Copyright © 2014 by Talbot Mentors, Inc. Permission is granted to use any photos within this Press Release only for publication and not for sale or resale. All other rights reserved.

A Cabaret Spectacular! To Benefit Talbot Mentors

Talbot Mentors (157 x 135)Talbot Mentors presents “A Cabaret Spectacular!” on Saturday, August 24, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., at The Milestone in Easton. The fundraiser will support Talbot Mentors’ program of matching volunteers with students who can benefit from the adults’ time and friendship.

The evening features hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and dinner while guests enjoy variety entertainment sponsored by Fred Frederick of Easton, Wilmington Trust, and The Milestone.

Magician Michael Kaminskas will emcee the Cabaret in sleight-of-hand style with his Comedy Stage Presentations and Intimate Illusions. For nearly two decades, his award-winning magic has amazed audiences at venues ranging from small private functions to national television.

The illusions will set the stage for musical magic by the Van Williamson Trio, Shore Strings, and Christine Noyes A Cabaret!

The Van Williamson Trio appears at a wide variety of area clubs and theaters, performing a repertoire of music by “The Great American Songbook” composers Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Miles Davis, and others. The Trio mixes in Brazilian bossa nova and contemporary tunes from stage and screen.

Shore Strings performers Carey Miller, Meredith Buxton, and Nevin Dawson offer serenades in musical styles from classical to light jazz.

Talbot County’s Christine Noyes performs “A Cabaret Spectacular!” with area musician and educator William Thomas. Widely known on the Baltimore/Washington Irish music scene, Noyes keeps an active performing and recording schedule while teaching in the public schools and maintaining a private voice and guitar studio.

Tickets are $100 each, with reserved tables available upon purchase of eight tickets. Reservations are requested by August 17.

For tickets, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org.

Free & Eazy Group Returns To Benefit Talbot Mentors

The Free & Eazy Group will perform a benefit concert for Talbot Mentors on Thursday, August 23rd, at 7:30 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre in Easton. This is the third consecutive year that the local band has supported the mentoring organization with its 1920s and ’30s music. New at this year’s concert will be featured dance performances by Talbot Tappers and Dancing on the Shore.

Tickets are $25 each and include hors d’oeuvres, dancing and door prizes. A cash bar is available, and a raffle offers opportunities for further support of the organization.

Talbot Mentors Program Coordinator Jessika Best encourages early reservations. “This event has become very popular and last year’s concert sold out,” she said. A special option also is available this year for groups. There will be a limited amount of cabaret-style seating. Tables may be reserved for an additional $50 and a minimum purchase of six tickets.

Best thanked event sponsor Fred Frederick Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Easton, and Hill’s Soda Fountain Café for additional support. She also expressed her appreciation to Lee Phillips and Dick Nolker of the Free & Eazy Group for their planning assistance and to Nathalie Derakshani and Paulette Florio for coordinating the dance numbers.

Tickets are available through the Talbot Mentors office by calling 410-770-5999. Additional concert sponsors, with recognition at the event, are welcome in support of the children of Talbot County.

For more information, to reserve tickets, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org.

In photo: The Free & Eazy Group will perform at the Avalon Theatre on August 23rd to benefit Talbot Mentors.

S’mores And More At Camp Wright For Talbot Mentors

Talbot Mentors students, their family members and mentors recently were treated to a special Camp Night, courtesy of Camp Wright in Stevensville.

“I had heard from several of our mentees that they had never made s’mores,” said Jessika Best, Talbot Mentors’ Program Coordinator. Camp Wright Director Dee Zeller and her staff invited the Talbot Mentors group to their facility, and provided a fun-filled evening of s’mores and more.

Camp Wright is one of many local and regional facilities to which Talbot Mentors helps send its students for summer camp experiences. This was an opportunity for families and mentors to join the students in a sampling of camp activities.

More than two dozen Talbot Mentors kids and adults traveled to Stevensville for Camp Night, with transportation provided by the Camp Wright staff. The evening included archery, games and team-building exercises, followed by dinner, s’mores and stories around the campfire.

“We work closely with Camp Wright and send several mentees each year to its residential summer camps,” noted Best. “It really is a wonderful place and the counselors do a great job. We cannot thank Dee and her staff enough for this opportunity to share a taste of that experience with more of our Talbot Mentors family.”

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org.


Talbot Mentors Students Encouraged To Reach For The Stars At Annual Celebration

The Easton High School cafeteria was filled with mentors, students and family members at Talbot Mentors’ 13th Annual Celebration dinner on November 4. The event was made possible through the support of Talbot Bank, VFW Post 5118 in Easton, and American Legion Talbot Post 70. Students from the Easton High School Culinary Arts Program prepared and served the meal.

Executive Director Diana Trams welcomed all the participants, who had made the year a success for the Talbot Mentors program. “This is a night to celebrate our phenomenal volunteers,” she said, noting that the organization strives to make sure matches between mentors and students are long-lasting ones.

Commending the efforts of the Board of Directors, staff and the students’ family members, she emphasized that it is their efforts combined with those of the mentors that help create the longstanding relationships.
Those matches were recognized during the evening’s celebration, from the record twenty new matches this year to those that have lasted as long as nine years. Special recognition was given to those that had reached their five-year anniversaries.

Guest speaker for the evening was Gregory Jones, a retired Senior Vice President with State Farm Mutual Insurance Company. Introduced by Talbot Mentors President Don Cook, Jones offered his gratitude for the career mentoring that Cook had provided him, teaching Jones how to be successful.

Jones described his own experience mentoring a youngster and his pride at seeing “the light come on” in the boy. From being a D-minus student when they met, Jones was honored to attend the young man’s graduation from college as valedictorian ten years later.

He encouraged mentors and family members to have high expectations for the children. “No one rises to low expectations,” he said. “See things in kids they can’t see in themselves. Believe more in them than they believe in themselves.”

In a room filled with children, there was attentive silence as Jones described the drowning death of his best friend when he was eleven years old, despite Jones’ efforts to reach down and save him. Offering the tragedy to illustrate a lesson for the students in the audience, he said he had finally come to accept that the boy had died not because Jones had not reached down to help him, but because the boy had not reached up to help himself.

Jones emphasized that the children there were surrounded by mentors, family members and teachers who all were reaching down to help them, but the students all needed to reach up and take the hands that are offered to help them lead successful lives. “All you have to do is reach up,” he said, “because everybody else is reaching down to help you. If you do, your future is as bright as any star in the constellation.”

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visitwww.talbotmentors.org.

Student Encourages New Volunteers At Mentors Coffee

Talbot Mentors recently held an informational coffee at CoffeeCat in Easton. The event allowed prospective mentors to meet and speak with other volunteers and staff to learn more about the mentoring organization.
Recruitment Chair Merrilie Ford thanked Shazz Lewis, owner of CoffeeCat, for generously supporting Talbot Mentors and providing free coffee, sandwiches and cookies for this event and others they have held at the café. Ford anticipates welcoming several new mentors into the organization as a result of the contacts made that day.

“One of the best parts of the coffee,” said Ford, “was the serendipitous appearance of mentor Bob Wenneson and his mentee, Isaiah Handy, who just happened to come in as we were finishing up. It was perfect timing.” The two were able to share some experiences from their mentoring relationship.

“Isaiah was outstanding, and Bob just glowed,” Ford added. “They were a perfect example of mentor/mentee bonding. It was a proud moment for all of us.”

Talbot Mentors’ goal is to make twelve new matches of volunteers with students in a given year. Executive Director Diana Trams reported that they have significantly exceeded that goal this year, with potentially twenty new matches by year end. She gave credit to Ford and the rest of the recruitment committee, along with the other mentors who have spread the word about the organization within the community.

While they have surpassed their goal, Trams emphasized that there are still students on the waiting list who need mentors. She welcomed interested volunteers to contact Talbot Mentors to learn more about opportunities in mentoring.

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visitwww.talbotmentors.org.

Giuffrida’s Pizza Makes Talbot Mentors Evening A Success

Talbot Mentors recently treated the students in its program and their mentors to an evening of pizza and a movie, with some help from a local business and church.

The event featured a showing of the movie, The Blind Side, at the Presbyterian Church of Easton, where mentors and mentees also were able to make their own pizzas. “The church has graciously allowed us to use its kitchen many times,” said Executive Director Diana Trams, thanking them for making the facility available for the evening.

Initially, the Talbot Mentors staff was to make the pizza dough, until more than 25 people signed up for the event. “We didn’t anticipate what an overwhelming response we would get,” Trams explained. “We knew we needed help.”

Trams turned to Lennie Giuffrida and Wayne Livelsberger of Giuffrida’s Pizza. A family business since 1994, Guiffrida noted that they have always been very community oriented and never hesitate to help when needed. In this case, they readily supplied thirty dough balls so the kids could enjoy making and eating pizzas of their own.

The support from Giuffrida’s made the evening a great success according to Trams. For many mentees and mentors, it was their first time creating their own pizza. “We were tickled that everything went well,” said Livelsberger, happy to provide the help.

Movie Night was one of many events Talbot Mentors holds throughout the year in support of the mentoring relationships. The activities provide students with fun outings with their mentors, along with providing mentors with opportunities to meet with other volunteers in the program.

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visitwww.talbotmentors.org.

Free And Eazy Group Provides Fun Talbot Mentors Concert

About 200 guests came out to support Talbot Mentors, listening and dancing along to a group of local musicians in concert at the Historic Avalon Theatre on August 26. The Free And Eazy Group performed selections of 1920s and ’30s dance music to raise funds for the mentoring organization. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar added to the enjoyment of the evening.

The band’s Eastern Shore casual attitude had the audience laughing, as they discussed which piece to play next and offered anecdotes about their informal group.

Thanking mentor Peter Zukoski for donating the sound equipment for the evening, group spokesman and “gutbucket” player, Dick Nolker, related a story of one event where they played without benefit of sound equipment. “We asked if everyone in the back could hear us, and a few people called out that they couldn’t. Four people from the front row then got up and moved to the back.”

The ten-man Free And Eazy Group includes traditional dance band instruments plus banjo, guitar, mandolin and the gutbucket or washtub base (an Eastern Shoreversion, using a five-gallon birdseed bucket.) Donating their performance, they created a fun evening for the guests supporting Talbot Mentors’ efforts on behalf of the children of Talbot County.

Mentor Mike Kirby, who introduced and thanked the group and all who attended the fundraiser, also expressed his appreciation to board member Al Smith for underwriting the Avalon expenses. Noting that some children wait more than a year to be matched, Kirby encouraged those interested in mentoring to learn more about the program and volunteer.

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org.