Down the Rabbit Hole: Hospital Hosts Annual Gala to Benefit Healthcare Scholarships for Local Students

News Release, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

Leonardtown, Maryland – Attendees enjoyed a magical night down the rabbit hole at the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital 2018 Gala, held Nov. 16 at the Hollywood Social Hall.

Sponsored by the hospital and the Family of Francis Taylor, Sr., the annual black-tie affair featured a gourmet dinner and dessert by Ken’s Creative Kitchen of Annapolis with live entertainment by Paradigm. The hall was transformed into a whimsical experience for more than 500 guests.

An “Alice in Wonderland”-style mural, illustrated by graphic arts students at Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, completed the Rabbit Hole Lounge motif at this year’s Gala.


Nearly $135,000 was raised in net proceeds to help fund scholarships through MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. To date, 149 scholarships have been awarded to local students pursuing healthcare careers in return for their commitment to bringing their expertise back to our facility.

Chances were sold to win one of two necklaces and an accompanying gentleman’s gift, courtesy of G&H Jewelers. Micheline Lopez-Estrada held the winning number and selected a stunning gemstone and diamond pendant as her prize.

Members of the Philanthropy Committee of the hospital’s Board of Directors at the 2018 Gala: Beverly Wood, left; Vince Whittles; Lea Weaver; Karen Garner; Rick Tepel; and Christine Wray, hospital president.


MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital would like to acknowledge this year’s contributors, especially the Family of Francis Taylor, Sr., this year’s Presenting Sponsor ($25,000).

The hospital also thanks and acknowledges:

Premiere Sponsors ($15,000):

  • Associates in Radiation Medicine
  • G&H Jewelers
  • Pam & Dave Jamieson
  • MedStar Shah Medical Group
  • The Cherry Cove Group
  • Christine Wray & John Felicitas

Diamond Sponsors ($10,000):

  • AMEWAS, Inc.
  • Servpro of St. Mary’s & Calvert
  • Mary’s Academy Class of ’72
  • US Acute Care Solutions

 Platinum Sponsors ($6,000):

  • Anna Choi, MD & Richard Ferraro
  • Jayaraman Medical Associates, LLC
  • Karen & Stephen Michaels
  • ManTech International Corporation

Gold Sponsors ($4,000):

  • KBRwyle
  • Parlett Affiliated Companies
  • Printing Press, Inc.
  • Raley Watts & O’Neill
  • Something Special by Tracy
  • M. Davis, Inc. General Contractors

Silver Sponsors ($2,500):

  • ASEC, Inc.
  • C3 Innovations, Inc.
  • Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant
  • CMI General Contractors
  • College of Southern Maryland
  • CRGA Design
  • DCS Corporation
  • Fotheringill & Wade, LLC
  • Carrie Jennison & John Stenson
  • Old Line Bank
  • Sabre Systems, Inc.
  • Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
  • Mary’s College of Maryland
  • Taylor Gas Company, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors ($850):

  • Bank of America
  • Community Bank of the Chesapeake
  • John P. Crine, In Memory of Thelma Jean Crine
  • Dean Lumber Supply
  • Edward Jones
  • Kristine & John Greely
  • F. Taylor, Inc.
  • KIWI-TECH
  • Joan & Alfred Mattingly, Sr.
  • Midoula & Axis Healthcare Groups
  • Carol & Bill Moody
  • PAE Applied Technologies, LLC
  • Parran’s Flooring Center
  • Kathy & Chris Perlick
  • Phocus Video
  • PNC Bank
  • & Mrs. Yahia Tagouri
  • Dawn & Nick Yeitrakis

Save the date for next year’s gala on Nov. 15, 2019! Visit Facebook.com/MedStarStMarys to view more event photos.

About MedStar St. Mary’s HospitalMedStar St. Mary’s Hospital (MSMH) is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Maryland. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary’s provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals™ and is an eight time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. In addition, MSMH received the Maryland Performance Excellence award at the Platinum level in 2014 – the highest in the state. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. Visit MedStarStMarys.org to learn more