FACES 2012: The Process of Recycling Our Lives Event Recap

Beth Silverman

Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of attending an event at The American Visionary Art Museum to benefit The Children’s Home. Founded in 1863 as a home for orphaned children, The Children’s Home continues to succeed and expand its mission; to provide a home for Maryland’s abandoned, neglected or abused children, while nurturing them in a secure environment, and setting them up for a successful future.

The evening started out with a guided tour of the AVAM’s current exhibits and we were also given time to mull about the museum and ignite our senses.

Next we moved into the ballroom where we were entertained by the smooth jazz music from Elegant Sounds of Baltimore, and filled our bellies with an incredible buffet.  In between dining on delicious Swedish meatballs, and Asian Chicken, guests were treated to towers of cheeses, crustini, veggie and hummus spreads, as well as crab dip, grilled vegetables, and assorted meats.

Once we were full from the buffet, we walked around and began bidding on the silent auction items. All of the items for the event were made by the children who TCH supports. All of the items were also made from recycled materials.

Next to each piece of artwork was a short story about the artist. One piece in particular had me going back over and over for was titled, “Lips of an Angel,” by Atiya.  Atiya is a 17 year old that I had the pleasure of speaking with at the event. Although I was outbid at the very last moment, I know her painting went to a great home, and it was for a great cause.

While we continued to bid on other items, we snacked on mini eggrolls, chicken wellington, and blackened chicken that were being passed by servers.

The honorary chairpersons for the event-Oliver, Ali, and Zack Landow were introduced, and given their history with the organization, it was clear why they were so well received. This family goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to supporting the organization. Each year, the Landow’s rent out the Columbia ice skating rink to give the kids from TCH a holiday ice skating party, and that’s only the beginning of what they have given to this incredible charity.

Young Zack stole the spotlight and gave the crowd a lot to smile about when he spoke.

Live auctions and raffles helped to raise even more money to further the efforts for the Capitol Campaign, which helps to fund major changes for TCH. The opening of the new diagnostic center has reshaped the Catonsville campus. Two new residential cottages will be opening in the fall as well.

To cap off the evening, guests were treated to salted caramel popcorn (which was great when washed down with a glass of Sam Adams Oktoberfest), and lemon sorbet from Cold Stone Creamery.

The event was a total success from start to finish, with the winners of prizes such as the 50-50, and various door prizes all donating their winnings back to the charity.

Here’s to another successful 150 years for The Children’s Home. To build, to nurture and to serve Maryland’s children in need.

For more information about The Children’s Fund contact Gail Lee, Director of Development at glee@thechildrenshome.net


See more exciting photos of the event in our online gallery here


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