Last weekend was supposed to be a busy one for CMR with the National Philharmonic Singers performance on Saturday night and the CMR Day at Ten Thousand Villages in Rockville to be followed by Jazz Vespers at Christ Episcopal. While we were fortunate to be able to hold the concert before the snow began, our Sunday events were cancelled. Both the Ten Thousand Villages Day and Jazz Vespers have been rescheduled for Sunday, December 15th. We hope to see you there on Sunday.
The National Philharmonic Singers returned to Christ Episcopal Church Saturday night to perform "Carols for Christmas." Led by Stan Engebretson and Victoria Gau, the Choir enchanted guests with Christmas songs for all ages. The concert, an annual benefit for CMR, was enjoyed by all. We would like to thank the performers, Christ Episcopal Church, Ellen, Jan and Tad for making this special evening possible. For those of you who enjoyed this lovely concert, the ensemble performs regularly at Strathmore. Also mark your calendars for the March 28, 2014 Spring Concert.
The Huckleberry Fine Art Gallery was filled with toys as well as art on December 3rd when the Rockville Chamber of Commerce joined with the Corporate Volunteer Council to host their Holiday Mix & Mingle. Cost of Admission? A toy for CMR's Holiday Giving Program! Over 100 toys donated...thank you all!
The distribution of holiday baskets for 300 local families went very smoothly the Sunday before Thanksgiving thanks to the process being so well organized beforehand and staff being aided by dedicated volunteers Diane, Loretta, and three young ladies from Holton Arms. With hundreds of baskets having been recruited and delivered, it was obvious that a lot of work had taken place before the doors opened for business. As families departed with bags, boxes and smiles, it was clear that efforts were appreciated and reflected the true spirit of the season!
Community Ministries of Rockville is happy to share that we have just purchased a new house in Rockville which will be used as a personal living quarters for women. You can be a cash sponsor ($5,000 for the house, $2,000 for a living area, or $1,000 for a room) or make a donation of needed items. We are looking for donations of the following furnishings for the house: Furniture for the living room and five bedrooms, towels and linens for two bathrooms and five bedrooms, and small appliances, dishes, cutlery etc. for the kitchen.
Temple Beth Ami was transformed into a Monte Carlo Night for a fundraiser for the Kaseman Health Clinic. Guests played games, dined on foods and wines from local eateries and were entertained by guest auctioneer Scott Greenberg, WTOP's Vine Guy and musician Pete Looney. Everyone left a winner, especially the Clinic. All are looking forward to next year's event so save the date...November 8, 2014. Please check our Facebook page for more photos!
Affordable Care Act and the Kaseman Health Clinic People often ask what impact the Affordable Health Care Act will have on the Clinic. In spite of the new laws, Montgomery County will still be home to approximately 65,000 uninsured individuals who will still be in need of the Clinic's services. In anticipation of the new health care laws, the Clinic converted to a new electronic medical records system, which is in compliance with health care reform.
On Saturday, November 9th, Temple Beth Ami will open its doors to supporters of the Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic for the 2nd Annual Monte Carlo Night. Co-Chairs Lynn Spiegel and Lynn Goodman promise a full evening. Guests will be able to travel from the casino style games, to buffet tables (and a silent auction) filled with foods and spirits from local eateries and vineyards, and a live auction featuring guest auctioneer Scott "The Vine Guy" Greenberg, WTOP's "Wine of the Week" Correspondent and Wine Columnist.
The weather was beautiful this past weekend at Lewis Orchard for the Annual Punkin Chunkin. On Saturday morning, a line of pre-schoolers waited patiently with their parents for the 11:00 am start time for the cannon to begin firing pumpkins. For those of you who missed the event, you can still join in the fun this Saturday and Sunday (October 12th and 13th) from 11:00 to 5:00. Take a ride out to the not so quiet country, pick some apples, get some farm fresh produce and local products from Lewis Orchard and support the Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic.