2015 Rounding Up the Arts Annual Dinner and Auction

Invite FrontPlease click here for more details about the 2015 Rounding Up the Arts Annual Dinner and Auction.

For more information please contact glostyer60@gmail.com or 267.664.3965.

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Music On The Miles

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To order tickets online please click here and on the Donate button. Please be sure to put the number of tickets in the purpose field of the donation form. If you have any questions please call Deborah at 410.634.2537 x 102 or by email at devdirector@StMartinsMinistries.org.

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Saint Martin’s Ministries Announces Winners of 2nd Annual 5K to Chase Off Poverty

     

For the second year Mason Ratcliff took first place in the Youth category in Saint Martin’s Ministries 5K to Chase Off Poverty (COP). Mason is 7 years old and may have a great future as a runner. First place men’s was won by Steven Wheeler with a time of 19:04, beating last year’s top male, Trey Hill, by more than a minute. Lacy Hesson took first place in the women’s group. Claire Vornbrock was the top runner in the Fun run.

Click here to view the 5K results and here for the Fun Run results.

Saint Martin’s Ministries congratulations these runners and thanks all who supported COP. It is a great run for kids and families. The entire course is on private property/closed roads. The event also includes music, food, and kids activities. The Thrift store at Saint Martin’s Barn is open for shopping.
A major sponsor for this year’s COP was Caroline County Department of Health’s Pregnancy and Tobacco Cessation Help program (PATCH). Heather Reed from the Health Department was on site providing information on smoking cessation, the effects of second hand smoke and ways to stop smoking. There were 14 sponsors, and five sponsors also participated as runners in the race — Sue Fleegle from Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral, John Friel from Monoponson Consulting, Cheryl and Trey Hill from Harborview Farms, Lynn Knight from Law Office of Lynn Knight and Jeff Powell from Towers Concrete.
In addition to the PATCH program presenting sponsors were Callahan’s Gas and Appliance of Centreville and Tricycle& Run from Saint Michaels. TriCycle & Run provided race management and KC Darling was the DJ. Other sponsors included Choptank Transport, Doug’s Tire, Law Office of Lynn Knight, Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral, Foster’s Mini Mart, Freestate & Son Insurance, Harborview Farms, Impressive Printing, Monoponson Consulting, Nagel Farm Service, St. Benedict/St. Elizabeth Church and Towers Concrete Products.

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New Ways to Give

You make a difference

 Your support makes it possible for us to help families who come to us for food, clothing and shelter. Here are some new, easy ways to support Saint Martin’s Ministries.
Together we can continue to make a difference for families in need.


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When you do your Holiday shopping at AmazonSmile and choose Saint Martin’s Ministries as your preferred charity, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Saint Martin’s Ministries.

Please bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1913676 and support us every time you shop.

Remember, only purchases made at smile.amazon.com will result in donations.


centerSimply go to www.goodsearch.com and click on Find a cause to support.
Type St. Martin’s Ministries.

Next, click through to the partner merchants (clicking on the merchant’s link will open a new browser window and redirect you to their site) and start shopping! A percentage of your purchase will go to Saint Martin’s.


rightDonate your car to Saint Martin’s Ministries.  We are working with CARS to make the process as easy as possible.  Visit their website to learn more about the process or give us a call at the office (Deborah at 410.634.2537 x102). Just call 855-500-RIDE (7433) or complete the Easy Online Form. Be sure to choose your Favorite Non-Profit (St. Martin’s Ministries in Ridgely, MD). CARS will do the rest from pick up to receipt and Saint Martin’s will receive a donation!


You can also support Saint Martin’s by making a donation online.

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2nd Annual 5K and Fun Run to Chase Off Poverty

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Our 2nd Annual 5K and Fun Run to Chase Off Poverty is right around the corner. Registration is open on active.com. Please consider running as a fundraiser or starting a team to fundraise. This is a great run for kids and families. The entire course is on private property/closed roads. We will have music, food, kids activities and the Barn will open for shopping. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about the work SMM is doing to help our neighbors in need! We hope you will join us and please share with your friends. You can also share the link from our Facebook Page.

 

     
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Saint Martin’s Ministries 18th Annual Authors’ Luncheon

     

Saint Martin’s Ministries and the Luncheon Committee extends sincere appreciation to all of our friends who supported or attended our Annual Authors’ Luncheon.  For the past 18 years the Authors’ Luncheon has brought nationally bestselling authors to the Eastern Shore for an afternoon of  discussions with the authors, book signings, and a silent auction.  This enlightening afternoon is an important fundraiser for the work of Saint Martin’s Ministries.

With the frozen bay as a backdrop, this year’s authors provided insight into the inner workings of the Supreme Court, of the iconic painted screens Baltimore and the beauty and uniqueness of the Eastern Shore through poetry.

Joan Biskupic whose biography of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and The Politics of Justice looks at Sonia Sotomayor’s rise from poverty to Supreme Court Justice. Ms. Biskupic has been featured in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and NPR and is the editor in charge for legal affairs at Reuters News.  Elaine Eff’s book, The Painted Screens of Baltimore documents a beloved folk art of Baltimore. Local poet Meredith Davies Hadaway’s two collections of poems, At the Narrows and The River is a Reason explores the beauty of local places and emphasizes the sense of place that is the Eastern Shore.

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Saint Elizabeth’s Food Drive

     

The Benedictine Sisters in Ridgely have a long history with Saint Elizabeth’s parish in Wilmington, Delaware and thus, so does Saint Martin’s Ministries (SMM). This history includes Sisters that have taught at St. E’s schools, many donors who graduated from St. E’s and at least two Board members of Saint Martin’s who attended church and school in the parish.

Each year that relationship of giving and caring grows when St. E’s students conduct the annual Thanksgiving food drive. SMM Board Secretary Dana Delle Donne, principal of the Middle School, gives the assignment and every grade, PreK through 12 participates. Dana says, ‘They really take ownership of the food drive because the students have come to know and understand what SMM is about.’

This year SMM received more than 3000 pounds of donated food from the St. E’s drive, along with much needed personnel care products collected by the faculty. Father Norm Carroll, whose prior assignment was the Ridgely/Denton parish of St. Benedict/St. Elizabeth not only helps the students learn about helping others, but also came with Dana and a group of students to deliver all the food.

Cereal, pasta, tomato sauce, tuna and peanut butter and jelly flowed into Saint Martin’s warehouse. Many families’ food boxes will contain the foods from Saint Elizabeth’s students.

Thanks so much for your generosity.

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Thanks to all who joined us!

     
The 9th Annual Arts Dinner and Auction was truly a swanky, swell, time…really the bee’s knees. Thanks to all who joined us for the event as well as those who couldn’t be with us but supported Saint Martin’s.

Deborah Hudson Vornbrock
Director of Development
Saint Martin’s Ministries
PO Box 996
14374 Benedictine Lane
Ridgely, MD 21660

www.stmartinsministries.org

Phone: 410.634.2537 ext. 102

Fighting poverty on the Shore for over 30 years.

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Thanks to everyone who joined us to help Chase Off Poverty!

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On Saturday, June 7th, Saint Martin’s Ministries (SMM) hosted their first annual 5K and Family Fun Run to Chase Off Poverty. Over eighty runners participated and the money raised will help Saint Martin’s provide food, clothing and housing to local families when they can’t make ends meet.

Amy Amalfitano came in first place in the women’s division with a time of 20:10.  First place in the men’s division was Trey Hill with a time of 20:44.  And the top youth finisher was Mason Ratecliff with a time of 30:17.

Saint Martin’s is grateful for the generosity of all of the businesses that sponsored this event including: Callahan’s Appliances, Fred Frederick, Tri Gas & Oil, Choptank Transport, Doug’s Tire, Nagel Farm Service,  Towers Concrete Products, TriCycle and Run, Chesapeake Landing Restaurant, Foster’s Mini Mart, Freestate & Son Insurance, Impressive Printing,  Lewis Auto Body,  and St. Benedict/St. Elizabeth Catholic Community.  Food and water for the runners was provided by Food Lion in Denton, TriMe Grocery Store in Ridgely, Kent Island Depot in Stevensville and the staff and volunteers of Saint Martin’s Ministries.

Dobson’s Dogs was on site to offer breakfast sandwiches, drinks and hot dogs.  Michelle Meadows, author of children’s books such as “Piggies in Pajamas”, had a table set up, and read to the children. The event also offered face painting, and highlighted local agencies such Mid Shore Reading Council’s “Read for Shore” Program, the Pajama Program, a model train display, and the Eastern Shore Oral Health and Education Outreach Program. Saint Martin’s Barn was open for its regular Saturday Sale with great bargains on clothes, books, household items and furniture.

Caroline County ranks 7th in the state for overall poverty and on average more than 30% of the children living in Caroline County live below the poverty level.  Seven of the nine counties in Maryland with the highest poverty rates are on the Eastern Shore. For over 30 years SMM has helped low income families on the Eastern Shore meet their basic needs of food, clothing and housing.  Services offered by Saint Martin’s Ministries include an emergency food program, eviction assistance, a thrift store and a 2 year transitional housing program for women and their children.

Mark your calendars for next year’s event – the first Saturday in June 2015

Deborah Hudson Vornbrock
Director of Development
St. Martin’s Ministries
PO Box 996
14374 Benedictine Lane
Ridgely, MD 21660
www.stmartinsministries.org
Phone: 410.634.2537 ext. 102

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5K/Fun Run to Chase Off Poverty

On June 7 SMM is hosting our first 5K/Fun Run to Chase Off Poverty. We are excited to spread the word about all the good work SMM does. Please consider coming by to support our runners.  There will be a DJ, food vendors and tours of our facility. To register or support the Run to Chase Off Poverty, click here or go the active.com page and in the What’s your active? search box, search for St. Martin’s Ministries. For more information please contact Kim Hopkins at 410.634.2537 x 106 or by email at assistanthousedirector@stmartinsministries.org. Hope to see you there.

Deborah Hudson Vornbrock
Director of Development

St. Martin’s Ministries
PO Box 996
14374 Benedictine Lane
Ridgely, MD 21660
www.stmartinsministries.org
Phone: 410.634.2537 ext. 102 

Fighting poverty on the Shore for 30 years.

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