Harford United Charities raises $50,000 for Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Health

At its recent 15th annual gala, Harford United Charities presented a check for $50,000 to the Patricia D. & M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

The gala, attended by 300 people, was held Feb. 1 at Maryland Golf and Country Clubs in Bel Air. Harford United Charities was founded in 1998 and since then has raised more than $1 million to support charitable organizations in Harford County. Among those instrumental in the organization's founding was the late county councilwoman Veronica "Roni" Chenowith of Fallston.

The Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Health is expected to open in the fall of 2013 and will provide access to the most advanced cancer therapies, state-of-the-art technology, enhanced supportive care services and clinical research trials at one centralized location in Harford County.

"It's hard to find anyone whose life has not been affected by cancer. Many of us, myself included, have watched family, friends and loved ones deal with the shock of a cancer diagnosis and then the difficulty of treatment," said Melinda Craig, wife of Harford County Executive David Craig and a member of the boards of Harford United Charities and Upper Chesapeake Health.

"With the completion of the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center in Harford County, our loved ones will be able to receive those world-class medical treatments in the community we call home," Craig said.

WJZ-TV's Kristy Breslin served as master of ceremonies for the gala fund-raiser, which featured dinner and dancing to The Panama Band plus a live auction conducted by auctioneer Derek Hopkins, the Harford County register of wills, that featured robust bidding on several popular packages that included home improvements, sports tickets, spa and beauty treatments and fine dining.

Silent auction items included a package to see "Beauty and the Beast" at the Hippodrome in Baltimore; a steeplechasing package for the horse enthusiast; a Havre de Grace package that included dinner at Laurrapin Grille, a sunset cruise on the Skipjack Martha Lewis and tickets to see the Oak Ridge Boys; a Jobes swan decoy; a family fun day with passes to Ladew Gardens, the National Aquarium in Baltimore plus tickets for a ghost tour in Ellicott City; and an easy-and-elegant dinner party with a hand-painted ceramic platter and tray, plates and wineglasses in addition to four crab cake dinners from The Bayou and two bottles of wine.

Platinum sponsors of the Harford United Charities gala were CNA, Harford Mutual, Jones Junction, M&T Bank, Stack and Store Mini Storage and Upper Chesapeake Health. Gold sponsors were Comcast, F&B Development Corporation, Gemcraft Homes, Manekin Construction, Oak Contracting, PNC Bank, Diane Smith and The Shelter Group/Brightview Senior Living. Silver sponsors were APGFCU, Bel Air Auto Auction, Baltimore Gas and Electric, Comer Construction, Exelon Generation, Frank Hajek & Associates Certified Public Accountants, Greater Harford Committee, G.S. Procter and Associates, Law Offices of Charles Wagner Esq., Klein's ShopRite Supermarkets, Maryland Environmental Services, Ports America LLC, Saxon's Diamond Centers, St. John's Properties, Stavrou Associates and Ward Development Group.

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