St. Mary’s County – The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation 28th annual Gala will be held Friday, Nov. 20, at the Hollywood Social Hall. In keeping with this year’s James Bond theme, “Diamonds are Forever,” G&H Jewelers is donating a two-tier diamond pendant and earring set valued at more than $11,000 to be raffled off during the event.

In addition, each person who purchases a chance to win the jewelry, will receive a $25 gift card to G&H. Only 250 chances will be sold and individuals must be present at the Gala to win the jewelry.

“Having been a part of this community for more than 50 years we have watched as the area has continually and consistently grown,” said Joan Harris, owner of G&H. “As the population in our area increases, there arises a need for a larger and more technologically-advanced healthcare facility.  We at G&H Jewelers decided to donate to the foundation event this year in an effort to aide in the growth of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for its dedicated service to not only our wonderful customers, but to the entire tri-county area as well.”

Proceeds from the Gala benefit numerous programs at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital serving the community for more than 100 years.

“Having a high-quality hospital at the heart of our community is paramount to sustaining the community’s health,” said Jennifer Blake-Meyer, president of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation. “Donations and partnerships with local businesses help bring advancements to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital that may not have been otherwise possible. In addition, they allow the Foundation and the hospital to serve as an important community resource.”

In 2015, the Foundation funded seven scholarships to high school students planning to pursue degrees in health care in addition to a new GE Monitoring System, which will significantly improve patient monitoring. In previous years, the Foundation also helped fund the Dr. J. Patrick Jarboe Mobile Health Center, which provides primary healthcare services to under insured and uninsured members of our community.

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Gala, a black-tie affair featuring fine-dining and dancing. Tickets for the raffle may be purchased in advance or during the event. Visit MedStarStMarys.org for more information about the Gala or call 301-475-6455.