You’re Invited – Create, Sip and Have Fun at the Grand Opening of Painting With a Twist – August 23rd
Ready your bargain-hunting attire, Baltimore. The Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s Nearly New Sale returns next week, with its highly anticipated spring fundraising shopping event.
Look good, do good. That could easily be the motto of Christopher Schafer, the local men’s clothier who seems to make a habit of using his high-fashion platform to raise money, awareness, and clothing donations for numerous good causes. This time around, Schafer has been nominated for Man of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and is working tirelessly to raise money to help fight and end blood cancer. Or is that tie-relessly? Pardon the pun, but we couldn’t help it. After all, proceeds from the LLS tie that Schafer designed all go toward fighting these cancers. But that’s not all. On Thursday, June 20 from 7-9pm, Schafer will host Blood, Sweat, and Tears—a fundraising fashion show featuring work by a range of designers, along with music and cocktails.
Surround yourself with books, enjoy some light refreshments and join the folks at The Ivy Bookshop Friday night, April 12 at a reception to celebrate the art and artists of Mount Washington’s Baltimore Clayworks.
Baltimore Clayworks is a nonprofit ceramic arts center dedicated to providing outstanding artistic, educational and collaborative programs. Through classes, exhibits and special events, Clayworks sustains and promotes a vibrant artist-centered community.
The Ivy Bookshop will donate to Baltimore Clayworks 15% of all purchases at the event April 12, from 7 – 9 p.m.
Moveable Feast is a phenomenal organization. They provide healthy meals for Maryland residents with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other severe illnesses. A variety of local organizations have come together to raise money and find food to help further Moveable Feast’s mission, from Gather Baltimore to Fierce Chicks ROCK. Fierce Chicks is a group of determined women who fundraise throughout the year for Moveable Feast. Each May, they bike over 140 miles from Ocean City to Baltimore in two days, with each woman raising $1,300 – the cost of feeding one client at Moveable Feast for an entire year.
Tomorrow they are throwing their annual yard sale, with all proceeds to benefit their fundraising goal. From 7:00a to 1:00 pm they can be found at the corner of Barclay and 31st in Charles Village, just a few steps away from the Waverly Market. Stop on by to see what goods they’ve found, what deals abound, and help these incredible women reach their worthy goal.
They don’t call is Sunday Funday for nothing!
Head out for an evening of fun on Sunday, September 9, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Athleta store in Dulaney Plaza in Towson and enjoy goodies while helping a worthy cause. Ten percent of sales that night go to Swim Across America, a fundraiser that benefits the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.
In honor of Art Blooms at the Walters, which kicks off tonight and continues through the weekend, we thought we would share with you this video featuring outgoing Walters Director Gary Vikan, who announced earlier this year his resignation at the end of June 2013 after 27 years at the museum.
St. Frances Academy sits squarely in the shadow of the Baltimore City Detention Center, and the irony is lost on no one. With just over 200 high school students, mostly black and mostly poor, St. Frances can seem like the last chance for many. Established in 1828, by a Haitian nun of the Oblate order, St. Frances has been educating the children of Baltimore African-Americans for nearly 200 years now, on a budget that sometimes seems little more than a wing and a prayer.
Founded as The Baltimore School For Colored Girls, the school’s original mission was to “teach the children of color to read the Bible” – an illegal act in the slave-state of Maryland. Its founder, Mother Mary Lange, is currently a candidate for sainthood in the Catholic Church, although at the time of the school’s founding, her efforts were not embraced among Catholic leadership, many of whom were slave owners themselves. St. Frances persevered, times changed, and the tiny East Baltimore school continued to meet a growing need. In the 1970s it went co-ed, and its role expanded to become a neighborhood gathering place, a community and health center.
Today, there are many success stories here. Almost 100 percent of St. Frances graduates go on to college, despite a small sports program and no academic admission standard. What is required — according to Sister John Francis Schilling, director of the school since 1993, who personally interviews every candidate — is a sincere desire to come, and that their parent or guardian promise to support them. Tuition is charged for nearly every student, although the school strives to accommodate families in difficult circumstances. With a purposefully small enrollment, and classes of less than 15 students, St. Frances is able to provide individual attention and, when needed, counseling to each of its students.
Among St. Frances’s notable sponsors are Camille Cosby, who in 2005, donated $2 million, which the school used to endow 16 scholarship chairs. In three weeks, on April 20th, Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby will visit St. Frances to be honored at a fund-raising gala, organized to help the school continue its mission. Soledad O’Brien, popular CNN anchor, will also attend — on behalf of her mother Estella, a St. Frances graduate.
For tickets to the gala on April 20th, contact Melissa D’Adamo at St. Frances, [email protected]. or call 410-539-7030.