Special Events

In Fiscal Year 2022, the special events hosted in support of programs and patient services for the entire health system received $840,635 in donations. We are extremely grateful to our corporate sponsors, donors, volunteers, and participants for their unfailing generosity.

Heat It To Beat It

Hundreds of participants gathered in person one bright day in September of 2021 at Eastern Regional Park in Middle River for the annual Heat It To Beat It benefit walk—a fundraiser to support research led by surgical oncologist Dr. Armando Sardi, Medical Director of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore. This year marked the 12th anniversary of this spirited and hope-giving event, which helped raise $200,519.

Sr. Karen McNally, RSM; Mary Catherine Webb; Sr. Fran Demarco, RSM; Crystal Hickey, LNHA

Crab Feast

In October, the 37th Annual Crab Feast and Hospice Day of Giving was held at the Timonium Fairgrounds to benefit Stella Maris. Guests enjoyed delicious catered meals, fun games, music, raffles, and auctions. The option to participate in a drive-thru pick-up was available for supporters who wished to enjoy crabs from a safe social distance. More than 20 committee members, 50 volunteers, and 625 participants made this year’s feast one of the best ever. After all expenses were paid, the event raised $132,345 in support of hospice care.

Wine Tasting

In April of 2022, Stella Maris offered its annual Tasting of Wine & Craft Spirits to 300 guests at the Grand Lodge of Maryland. Participants were able to sample and purchase wine, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and bid on more than 75 auction items. The event raised $91,685 to benefit long-term care services for the residents of Stella Maris. In 2023, we are excited to host the 20th anniversary of this event, which also marks the 70th anniversary of Stella Maris. We are grateful to Frank and Vanessa Boston for co-chairing “A Toast to Stella Maris’ 70th—A Very Special Tasting of Wine and Craft Spirits” on Saturday, April 22, 2023.


BreastFest, an annual “cocktails for a cause” event produced by our longstanding partner The Tyanna Foundation, kicked off in November. The Tyanna Foundation works tirelessly to raise awareness about breast cancer and make it less prevalent on the planet. Known for their slogan “Save the Girls,” the Tyanna Foundation celebrated its
25th anniversary in Fiscal Year 2022 and their BreastFest event donated $50,000 in support of the work done at the Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy. They have raised more than $2 million to support our Breast Center.

The Mercy Advocate Society for Events

The Advocate Society recognizes individuals whose volunteer leadership and involvement played a vital role in supporting the mission, values, and philanthropic vision of Mercy Health Services between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. We are indebted to these individuals who ensure that the mission and values of the Sisters of Mercy endure.

2021 Mercy Heat It
To Beat It Committee

Harvey Aefsky
Yolanda Brockington
Mary Beth Coyne
Peggie Fairer
Charles Fairer
Debbie Giese
Jessica Hagner
Jennifer Jaromin
Anthony Jones
Mary King
Samantha Kirby
Kristin Kohler
Lydia Komenda
Mandi Phillips
Pam Phillips
Roberta Robbins
Denise Robideau
Michelle Sittig
Andrea Wildason

2021 Stella Maris Crab Feast
and Hospice Day of Giving Committee

Tom Barranco
Kathy Burleson
Marina Brockmann
Lara Chamberlain
Kathy Deane
Sonia Fierro-Luperini, M.D.
Dee Gautcher-Anwar
Dee Gittings
Lisa Gobrecht
Cooper Henry
Dina Kuhns
Mary Beth Kelly
Noreen Lidston
Kali Mallik
Brian Peller
Dave Ross
Amanda Russo
Dan Sullivan
Carol Thrasher
Chuck Zeller
Sally Zeller

2022 Stella Maris
Wine Tasting Committee

Frank D. Boston, III, Esq., Co-Chair
Vanessa Boston, Co-Chair
Beth Donahoo, M.D.
Tom Galloway
Jill Golueke
Steve Golueke
Dan Hughes
Caley Kratz
Bob Moore
Stephanie Moore
Brian Peller
Rachel Sefton
Kevin Zaegel

The Tyanna Foundation

Stacey Berver
Danielle Bunting
Rose Kendig
Julie Kichline
Shana Leaverton
Katelynne Lowensen
Beth Lubben
Tony Monterey
Anne O’Brien
Jacqueline Pearlstone
Julie Phillips
Melanie Reeder

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