Maryland Republican Women honoring First Lady Yumi Hogan

First Lady Yumi Hogan looks out the window of the redecorated Victorian Room in the Government House, the traditional home of the governor's family. She will be honored by the Maryland Federation of Republican Women May 11.
First Lady Yumi Hogan looks out the window of the redecorated Victorian Room in the Government House, the traditional home of the governor's family. She will be honored by the Maryland Federation of Republican Women May 11. (By Joshua McKerrow / Staff)

The Maryland Federation of Republican Women will honor Yumi Hogan at its fourth annual First Lady Luncheon May 11 at the BWI Marriott.

Married to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Mrs. Hogan is the only Korean-American First Lady in the United States. She is also an accomplished artist and an adjunct professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art.


Her artwork, created on traditional Hanji paper with Sumi ink and mixed media, has been featured in museums and exhibitions in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and South Korea, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Yumi Hogan was also the recipient of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, awarded to those who lead and inspire others while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.


For these reasons, the Maryland Federation of Republican Women will honor the first lady at the luncheon which begins at 11 a.m. Ten percent of the net proceeds will be donated to a charity selected by Hogan.

"While Hogan supporters are the most obvious, they are not the only people who should attend," said Diana Waterman, president of the Maryland Federation of Republican Women. "If you support and believe in the importance of the arts, you will identify with Mrs. Hogan, who has championed the arts and the value of art in our lives.

"If you believe in giving back to your community, you will feel a connection with Mrs. Hogan, who spends a great deal of her time working with charities. And if you like to see the American dream realized, her life story is all about that."

Along with working in the arts, Hogan became an advocate for cancer awareness when her husband was diagnosed with State 3 non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2015. She has devoted much of her time to visiting Marylanders with cancer and in 2016 was recognized for her role as a caregiver and her work raising awareness with the Pheo Para Alliance's Dr. Cyrus Katzen Humanitarian Award.

Yumi Hogan teaches art classes for cancer patients and those with disabilities and has become a proponent of art therapy and the positive impact it can have on health and well-being.

For tickets and more information about the event, contact event chairman Catie James at (410) 798-8131 or dgjames99@aol.com, or visit www.mfrw.org.

Garden brunch and dessert auction

St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road, will hold a Mothers and Others Spring Garden Brunch Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Attendees can enjoy food, fun and entertainment. Children are also invited and can create their own dirt cakes. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Group's trip to Houston, Texas this summer.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages five to 12 and children under five are free. For tickets, contact Maryann Gaspis at (410) 859-1198.

LSIA membership meeting, elections

The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association will hold a general membership meeting and elections Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. Elections for 2018-19 regarding officers and board members will take place. Visit www.lsia.net for more information.

Linthicum Heights UMC

Linthicum Heights UMC (LHUMC) will hold its Spring Day of Caring Saturday 9 a.m.-noon. Attendees are invited to improve the grounds around the church, Holly Run and parsonage by trimming, mulching and planting flowers, and should bring garden tools and gloves, if they have them.

Lunch will be offered for anyone staying past noon.


Vendors and crafters are also sought for the church's flea market, to be held May 12, on the church's lawn and in the fellowship hall. Flea market spaces are $5 for LHUMC attendees and $10 for all others.

Crafter and vendor spaces are available for $10 for church attendees and $25 for all others. For more information and to reserve your space, email MB.LHUMC@gmail.com.

Email your Linthicum news to Heather Vecchioni at aroundlinthicum@gmail.com.

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