St. Vincent's Villa children enjoy summer; seafood lovers look forward to Stella Maris' fall crab feast [column]

It's hard to believe that the month of August is already here and that in a few weeks schools in the county will be starting up . This summer has been a very busy one for the children at St. Vincent's Villa (a residential treatment center) who enjoyed some wonderful events sponsored by some equally wonderful organizations in Maryland.

To start off the summer fun, the Grand Knights of Columbus held their annual carnival and cookout on the grounds of the Pre-Vocational Center at the St. Vincent's Villa's Pot Spring campus. The children enjoyed rides, moon bounces, snow cones, hamburgers, hot dogs and popcorn and earned prizes at game tents throughout the grounds. College interns of the Ernst & Young law firm came and held a mini-field day with the children and the event was topped off with a game of water balloon catch that everyone enjoyed in the sweltering 90 degree heat. The National Association of Catering Executives hosted its annual cookout for the children and staff.

In July the fun continued with sports groups held by Rob McCune and Felix Quinto for the children on both the Pot Spring Road and Dulaney Valley Road campuses. Harkins Builders hosted its annual carnival and cookout and the day dawned sunny and warm after several days of wind and rain. The carnival included everything from sand art to a home run derbyand prizes galore! Lunch featured hamburgers and hot dogs, followed by fresh sliced watermelon and ices. The last cookout for the month of July was sponsored by Brooks Financial and the dinner was followed by a special cookie-and- ice-cream dessert bar.

The children will have fond memories of the wonderful people who gave of their time and energy to the children at St. Vincent's Villa.

Get your mallets ready! The annual Stella Maris Crab Feast and Auction is set for Sunday, Oct.14, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Maryland State Fair Grounds in Timonium. This is a very special year for Stella Maris as 2013 marks its 60th anniversary of providing long-term care for seniors as well as its 30th anniversary of providing dignified hospice services. The Crab Feast and Auction has been dedicated to raising funds for 29 years. The afternoon will be filled with fun and food, and most importantly, all proceeds will benefit hospice services at Stella Maris. Festivities will include all-you- can-eat steamed crabs, pit beef, pit turkey and a full buffet, all-you-can drink beer and soda along with games, music, and great auction items. A big-screen TV will provide minute-by-minute access to the Ravens vs. Green Bay game! Tickets are $65 each. For information contact the Development Office at Stella Maris 410-252-4500, ext. 7268 or visit the web site at IN addition to hospice care Stella Maris also provides senior living facilities, home care, rehabilitation services, Alzheimer's and dementia care, and a senior day center. Ever since Baltimore's Archbishop Keough called on the Sisters of Mercy in 1953 to administer Stella Maris, its vision has been to become the leader in senior care and housing through services based on exemplary medical care, compassion, trust and respect.

Be safe and enjoy the remainder of the summer!

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