Recently Jordan Yaffee, a student at The Gilman School and a local resident, put together a special project for his Bar Mitzvah service.
Jordan wanted to do something for the American Diabetes Association and came up with the idea to have a basketball fundraiser.
Gilman Athletic Director Tom Holley made the gym accessible and helped with event.
Jordan has a special connection to diabetes research through his next door neighbor, Dr. Fred Brancati, who has been in the forefront of diabetes research at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and is also an avid basketball fan.
The event was well attended and raised $1,600 for diabetes research. Brancati gave a short speech before the fundraiser began.
Jordan's parents are Linda and Wayne Yaffee and they were pleased to see how thoughtful and insightful their son was in choosing and following through on such a project. Congratulations to Jordan on a great job for a wonderful cause.
Meanwhile, Dr. Fred Brancati, who is the son of Lee Brancati of Warren Place, recently attended a event at Hopkins which honored him.
Brancati had a chair endowed in his name by Johns Hopkins Hospital and the award ceremony was attended by many of his family and friends who came from New York, Pittsburgh and Florida.
The ceremony was followed by a dinner reception at the Four Seasons Hotel with more than 150 people in attendance.
The event was held the first night of the Sailabration in Baltimore and the view from the ballroom — of many of the ships visiting the Inner Harbor — made this an especially magical night for those in attendance.
Mary Laura Kalista is a proud new grandmother of a baby girl, Cameron, who was born last week to Lauren (Mary Laura's daughter) and Jeremy Hoch.
Cameron's older brother, Taylor is so happy to have a new baby sister in their house. Best wishes to the entire family on this truly blessed event.
Stella Maris Auxiliary's Good Buy Shop will hold a "Christmas in July" sale Tuesday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Family Center.
Items for sale include Christmas decorations, stationary items and clothing.
The Good Buy Shop is a volunteer run store that accepts donations of clothing and house wares from the community. All proceeds benefit residents of Stella Maris.
Stella Maris' services include senior living facilities, home care, long term care, rehabilitation services, dementia care, hospice care and a senior day center.
For more information, contact Marianne Yannarell, director of volunteer services at 410-252-4500, Ext. 7315.
A special birthday greeting to my son, Christian, on his special day.
And to all our readers, be safe and take care on the Fourth of July holiday.