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CMR is scheduling volunteers for two one-time events in May and has many openings available. The Annual Gala, “A Night of Magic” is co-chaired by County Executive Ike and First Lady Catherine Leggett on Saturday evening, May 16, and the Master of Ceremonies will be John Kelly, Washington Post Columnist and Rockville High School Alumnus. A week later, CMR and the Rockville Chamber of Commerce manage the Taste of Rockville at Hometown Holidays.

On April 18, 2015, a beautiful Saturday afternoon, nearly 200 people came to Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt to honor Rev. Mansfield Kaseman and six others as part of a luncheon for the Howard University School of Divinity PhD program.

You are cordially invited to CMR's Annual Gala "A Night of Magic." Invitations have been emailed but if you didn't receive it, you can see the invitation here.

The Beacon Newspapers featured CMR’s Elderly Ministries Program in their March issue’s front page article. The large picture on that page featuring Elderly Ministries Program Director Leann Sherman with one of our clients, Ann Masler, was taken by CMR’s photographer and board member and former board president, Chuck Lee. Read the article online here. The article discusses services to seniors provided by organizations that have strong connections to the faith community.

One is never too old to learn new things and yesterday's workshop on Heart Healthy Nutrition for seniors was proof of that. Organized by the Elderly Ministries Program Director Leann Sherman, the workshop featured a presentation by Lindsey Seegers, the Nutrition Educator from Manna Food Center. Both CMR and Manna are CFP nonprofits. Our elderly guests were given some simple tips on how to improve their diets by reading labels and avoiding foods rich in sodium, sugar and saturated fats, eating fresh and frozen rather than canned foods....and how to be aware of misleading food labels.

Even with the snow, cold temperatures, and closed schools, almost 100 people attended CMR's Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation event on Tuesday, January 27. Board members, volunteers, staff and supporters of CMR came to Glenview Mansion to celebrate the accomplishments of Fiscal Year 2014 and acknowledge some of those responsible for the accomplishments. Volunteers who attended were presented with certificates of appreciation decorated at the Montgomery County MLK Day of Service event with inspirational messages. After a group picture, the formal portion of the program began.

Each year CMR provides gifts and holiday meals for the vulnerable in Montgomery County by participating in the Montgomery County Holiday Giving Program. This month we expect to provide gifts for more than 250 children and dinner baskets for 100 families. You can help.

Read all about it in the Washingtonian...

The December issue of the Washingtonian includes an insert from the Catalogue of Philanthropy offering advice on "How to Give" ...we are so proud to be inlcuded on the list of charities featured in that insert and in an article on "How to Make a Difference".

Leann Sherman, Program Director for CMR's Elderly Ministries Program, has been appointed to serve on the Human Services Advisory Committee for the City of Rockville. Leann will be sworn in on November 3, 2014 at City Hall and will serve until November 2017.

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