Harvest Ball co-chairs Cindy Parlett (at left) and Mickie Frazer (at right) meet with Kathy Dickinson of Dickenson Jewelers about the jewelry raffle, a favorite with ball-goers.

“We are truly overwhelmed by the generous support from our sponsors for this year’s Harvest Ball,” said Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation Director Dixie Miller. She said the annual charity gala has attracted a high level of enthusiasm and excitement.

Harvest Ball co-chair Cindy Parlett said, “Special events like the Harvest Ball play an important role in raising valuable resources to ensure that CMH continues to thrive as an essential resource for health care in our community.” She is joined as event co-chair by Mickie Frazer. Both women are members of the Harvest Ball Committee and serve on the CMH Foundation Board of Trustees.

This year’s CMH Foundation Harvest Ball will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel – a new venue for the popular black-tie event. The ball’s theme, “Imagine,” envisions a future full of promise and celebrates the remarkable transformation that has taken place at CMH during the 27-year tenure of President and CEO Jim Xinis, who is also serving as the honorary chair.

Since the Harvest Ball began 25 years ago, it has raised over $1.4 million for medical technology and equipment at the hospital. Proceeds from this year’s event will help purchase state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology that will ensure outstanding clarity at lower doses in less time, which results in faster and more definitive diagnoses.

Some 75 sponsors including physician groups, county businesses, local residents and hospital vendors have stepped forward to make early commitments. Former board member Rev. Robert Conway said he wanted to honor Mr. Xinis. “His leadership has been extremely significant to the tremendous progress CMH has made in the past 27 years.”

Dr. Vinod Shah of Shah Associates endorsed this sentiment. “The quality of care at Calvert Memorial has excelled under the leadership of Mr. Xinis. He is very physician friendly and a strong advocate of growth. The dynamic changes you see on the hospital campus are all due to his visionary leadership.”

Others stressed the importance of supporting their community hospital. “We are truly fortunate to have a healthcare facility like Calvert Memorial,” said Sunny Keithley of Huntingtown. “Steve and I feel proud to play a part in enhancing care for our community.”

Lisa Garner said, “Garner Exteriors is again thrilled to be a sponsor for this exciting evening. It is inspiring to be part of this spectacular event that promotes community fellowship. I challenge all businesses in the area to be a part of this worthwhile event.”

Invitations will be mailed as reminders but are not required to attend. The event is open to the community and anyone is welcome to attend. The cost is $500 per couple and $250 per person which includes a cocktail reception and open bar in addition to a sit-down dinner and dancing to music of the band Night Life.

Plan to make a night of it and take advantage of the reduced pricing offered for early room reservations. Guests have a choice of a standard room with a king size bed or two double beds at $149 plus tax or you may add the breakfast buffet for two in Apropoe’s Restaurant for $184 plus tax.

You may purchase tickets and book your overnight stay online at www.calverthospital.org or by calling the Foundation at 410-414-4570. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Upon purchasing tickets, your names will be added to a guest list. No tickets are mailed.

In addition to the dinner and dancing, the gala also features a silent auction where guests can bid on an impressive collection of items from sports tickets to artwork. Dickinson Jewelers, a longtime hospital supporter, is once again sponsoring the jewelry raffle where one lucky winner will take home an exquisite piece from the stunning selection offered.

The Harvest Ball committee is actively seeking local businesses that are interested in helping to sponsor the event. “Sponsorships offer a phenomenal opportunity to showcase your business while supporting a worthy cause,” said Miller. A choice of seven packages is being offered that include reserved seating, special recognition and inclusion in ads and on the hospital website.

“We want to recognize Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, Shah Associates and Twin Contracting Corporation along with Associates in Radiation Medicine and Mamma Lucia Italian Restaurant that have already committed their support,” she said, “as well as American Radiology Services and American Radiology Associates, Chesapeake Anesthesia Associates, Dickinson Jewelers, John and Marianne Harms, Steve and Sunny Keithley, MedStar Health, Solomons Nursing Center, Wilson & Parlett, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Xinis, Calvert Internal Medicine Group, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, CNL Healthcare Properties/Holladay Properties, Rev. and Mrs. Robert L. Conway, Emergency Medicine Associates, Exelon Generation – Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Garner Exteriors, Leach Wallace Associates, Networking Concepts, OBER| KALER Attorneys at Law, Physicians Inpatient Care Specialists, Plan B Technologies, Dr. and Mrs. John Saunders with Alan Wilson and Dr. Stephen Peters, SunTrust Foundation, Wilmot Sanz Architects, Armstrong, Donohue, Ceppos, Vaughan & Rhoads; Johns Hopkins Medicine, K Conway Physical Therapy, Rymer & Associates, Certified Public Accountants and Nancy Ulanowicz, MD.