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Penn-Mar Human Services Announces 22nd Annual Gala Celebration


The 22nd annual Penn-Mar Black Tie Gala “Best of the Blends” will be held at the Grand Lodge of Masons in Hunt Valley, Md.

On March 8, more than 300 Penn-Mar Human Services friends and supporters, including Olympic luger, Summer Britcher, will come together to celebrate over two decades of giving to help men and women with intellectual disabilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania “transform life into living.”

With a goal to raise $225 thousand, the funds raised at this year’s benefit gala will support Penn-mar’s operations and programs for more than 400 adults with intellectual disabilities. In addition, much needed backup generators will be purchased for Penn-Mar’s community residences in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The severity of this winter’s snow storms knocked out power to more than half of Penn-Mar’s homes, some for several days. The new generators will ensure that special equipment, which a number of medically fragile Penn-Mar residents depend on for their daily needs, will maintain proper functioning during a power outage. The Penn-Mar Foundation will match up to $20,000 to support the purchase of the new generators.

The fundraiser commences at 6 p.m., and includes a four-course sit-down dinner, oyster bar, open bar, dancing and live entertainment, as well as silent and live auctions featuring a California wine country vacation, including VIP accommodations and private tastings with vintners, and an Annapolis sailing adventure aboard a 43-foot luxury catamaran, among other items.

This year’s event sponsors include Cranbrook Liquors, Anthony and Wendy Gallo, Glatfelter Insurance, Kelly Insurance Group, Koons Toyota of Westminster, M&T Bank, New Standard, PNC Bank, and Wellspan.

Individual tickets to the gala are $175 and can be purchased by visiting, or contacting Jackie Summers, Penn-Mar Human Services’ Senior Director of Development, at 410-343-1069 x286 or at

About Penn-Mar Human Services
Penn-Mar Human Services, founded in 1981, serves more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities through its residential, respite, educational, vocational and supported employment programs in northern Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties in Maryland, and in southern York County in Pennsylvania.


Contact: John Xuereb

610-520-6140 x202

Richard Robinson
410-343-1069 x291

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