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An energetic committee of volunteers has been working diligently this summer to make this year’s hospital ball more vibrant than ever, a Calvert Memorial Hospital press release states. Set for Saturday, Nov. 10, the black tie gala will be held at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. The ball’s theme, “When Gold Blossoms,” was chosen to celebrate the vision and legacy of Dr. Sheldon Goldberg and the remarkable facility he worked tirelessly to create — the Center for Breast Care at Calvert Memorial Hospital.

The hospital ball, which celebrates its 24th anniversary in 2012, has become the must-attend event of the year and the place to see and be seen, the release states. While invitations don’t go out until September, organizers want to get the word out now so people don’t miss out on what promises to be an evening of fun and excitement.

Invitations are sent to prior ball-goers as reminders, but they are not required to attend. The ball is open to the community and anyone is welcome. Those who are interested may go online at www.calverthospital.org to reserve a seat today, or call the CMH Foundation office at 410-535-8178.

“Nov. 10 may seem like a long way off, but planning for the hospital ball started months ago,” said Cindy Parlett in the release. “In order to pull off a perfect evening, you have to plan in advance. So, we are already working on it.” Parlett is co-chairing the ball with Brooke Steuart. The dynamic duo is joined by Ramona Crowley-Goldberg, who has come on board as honorary chair.

Throughout its history, the ball has generated more than $1.2 million for medical technology and equipment at CMH, according to the release. This year’s proceeds will directly benefit the breast center and go toward the purchase of a new, dedicated breast ultrasound that will increase access, reduce wait times and provide superior imaging for making diagnoses and performing biopsies.

“The center for breast care is a wonderful asset for our community,” said Parlett in the release, “and I’m very proud to be a part of making sure our physicians have the most up-to-date technology available.”

“We are extremely excited to welcome a new band, Night Life, who will be entertaining the crowd for a night that will more than live up to its reputation as Calvert County’s premiere social event,” said Steuart in the release. “The specially-themed decorations are sure to be more spectacular than ever. And as always, our guests can expect to be treated to an extravagant dinner featuring exceptional entrees and delectable desserts paired with wonderful wines.”

Once again, the hospital ball committee will be contacting local businesses to donate items for the event’s silent auction, the release continues. With over 500 attendees, Parlett said the ball is a wonderful way for companies to support their community and get recognition for their business at the same time. For more information or suggestions for donation items, call the CMH Foundation office at 410-535-8178.

Additionally, there is a range of sponsorship packages offered starting at $1,000 that include reserved seating, special recognition and inclusion in ads and on the hospital website, according to the release.

“We want to recognize Curtis Homes, Mamma Lucia’s Restaurant, Meng Law, Locust Lane Farms, Lord Calvert Bowling Center and [Constellation Energy Nuclear Group], that have already committed their support,” Kasia Sweeney, acting foundation director, said in the release, “as well as Plan B Technologies, Garner Exteriors, Community Bank of Tri-County, Electronic Security Services Inc., Asbury-Solomons Island, Market Square Retail, Hargrove, Builtrite Home Development Inc., Johns Hopkins Medicine, Calvert Medical Imaging Center, Wilson and Parlett, Attorneys at Law, Quality Built Homes and Ronald and Joanne Zemlin.”