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Annual “Saturday Soiree” Benefits Local Cancer Services

Woodbine, MD – August 25– More than 150 Howard County residents attended the fourth annual “Saturday Soiree” to benefit cancer services at Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, a service of the hospital. The event was hosted by 16-year cancer survivor Mary Esmond and her husband Dan Esmond of Woodbine.

“Our caring and generous community of neighbors, family, friends and business leaders embraces our ‘Saturday Soiree’ and helps it grow each year,” said Dan Esmond. “This year we again exceeded our financial goals for the event, nearly doubling last year’s results thanks to everyone involved, including our dedicated volunteers who helped organize the event; the generous benefactors who contributed funds and services; and the people and businesses who sponsored the event, attended, and donated auction items,” said Mary Esmond.

Over $31,000 was raised through the silent and first-ever live auctions, which showcased over 110 items donated by Howard County residents and businesses. The live auction included a $7,000 Dimension One spa courtesy of Sweetwater Pools and Spas; a $2,000 weathered-iron outdoor bench donated by Abbington Accents owner and soiree hostess, Mary Esmond; and three 25-foot trees valued at over $3,000 each donated by Bob and Laura Haney, owners of Town Creek Landscaping and Construction Company. The silent auction included an authentic Las Vegas casino machine donated by Doug Doudt and many sought-after sporting event tickets, including two Ravens skybox tickets donated by Baltimore Sun publisher Tim Ryan. In addition, an autographed Keifer Sunderland poster from the hit television series “24” was donated by Bill and Stephanie Albright and five front-row tickets to High School Musical on Ice were donated by Vicky and Joe Cutroneo. The auction also included a Charleston, South Carolina getaway donated by soiree host Dan Esmond, as well as a dozen unique home furnishings valued at over $7,500 donated by Mary Esmond.

Top bidders included Mel and Alexias Sharoky, Doug Doudt, Steve and Christine Callahan, Kevin and Eileen Dietz, Dane and Amy Rianhard, Mary Jane Register, George and Marilyn Doetsch, Todd and Kathy Mattis, Scott and Barbara Kapinos, and Frank and Kelly Saglimbeni. First-year sponsors of the event included lead sponsor Vice President of Leach Wallace Associates Inc. Rob Banas and his wife Karen; President of Surpreme Orthopedic Systems Stephen Callahan and his wife Christine; and Tom and Patty Buescher. Karen Banas, Vicky Cutroneo, Christine Callahan, and Karen Nelson served as the event’s committee leaders. The event’s 50/50 drawing raised over $1,300 for the Michael A. Fiorelli Education and Charitable Trust to benefit Nicholas Fiorelli, age 9, who lost his father earlier this year to esophageal cancer.

Local restaurateurs Gilberto Cortez and Fernando Duran, owners of El Azteca, Pachanga, La Palapa, and Broadneck Grill restaurants, catered the event with Mexican fare. Live music was performed by Kaos. Chaun and Michael Hightower provided technology systems for the silent auction and check out. The event program’s graphic design and printing services were donated by Ann Bonner and Rick Reese of LPR Printing, respectively. Headgraphics donated sponsor signs.

Event attendees included Howard County General Hospital President and CEO Victor Broccolino and his wife Tina, hospital CFO Jim Young and his wife Julie, hospital Sr. VP of Managed Care, Planning and Marketing Paul Gleichauf and his wife Sue, and VP of Development for the Howard Hospital Foundation Chris McCabe and his wife Deidre. Also in attendance were State Delegate Warren Miller and his wife Jane and County Councilman Greg Fox and his wife Ilene. Other financial supporters of the event included Amir Dahan of Dahan Electric and his wife Celia, Dane Rianhard of FranklinMorris and his wife Amy, George Doetsch of Apple Ford and his wife Marilyn, and co-owners of Eggspectations David Albert and his wife Mary and Jon Hinkle and his wife Mylinda.

Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine since 1998 is a 208-bed, not-for-profit, health care provider located in Columbia, Maryland. Serving the community since 1973, the hospital, with a professional staff of more than 700 physicians and allied health professionals representing 67 medical specialties and sub-specialties and a workforce of more than 1,600, has grown into a comprehensive, acute-care medical center that treats a full range of conditions from neonatal care to oncology and outpatient care to critical care

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center includes a comfortable home-like library and a modern, fully equipped salon under one roof. Knowledgeable, trained volunteers and a nurturing staff provide support and assistance for cancer patients and their families and caregivers. The Center is located at 5900 Cedar Lane, one block south of Howard County General Hospital. For more information call 410-740-5858

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