Chimes celebrates 65th anniversary

Chimes celebrates 65th anniversary
Albert Bussone, Lee Anne Bussone and Marty Lampner pose at the Chimes Gala at the Baltimore Mariott Waterfront Hotel Nov. 17. (Photo Submitted by Michael Friedman , Carroll County Times)

Providing opportunities for people with disabilities, Chimes sponsored a mega-successful 65th year anniversary gala celebration at the posh Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, in its spacious attractive Harborside Ballroom! Over 500 supportive guests attended.

Dr. Robert (Bob) Wallace was the very special honoree at this year's event. Dr. Wallace is a recognized expert in renewable energy and technology at state, national and international levels.

Dr. Wallace, founder and president of BITH Energy, has helped Chimes become a recognized leader in renewable initiatives in the non-profit world, installing the largest solar panel system in Baltimore City at Chimes Headquarters.

Chimes, founded in Baltimore in 1947, has evolved from a small group of parents with children with disabilities into an international multi-service agency delivering a wide range of services and programs that support over 17,000 people of all ages and ability. Their agencies are located in six states: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina. They even are located in Israel.

The organization assists people with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses and other specialized needs. They provide the following services: residential, educational, supported living, school-to-work transition, senior assisted living, job coaching, respite assistance, day habilitation, behavioral support, career assessment, individual family support, vocational training and employment.

All of the services and facilities in the Chimes Family of Services are state licensed and accredited.

Special recognition and thanks to dedicated Terry Perl, Chimes CEO and president who retired several years ago, concluding 40 years of outstanding dedication, leadership and service to Chimes. Succeeding Terry is the equally caring and dedicated Marty Lampner, President and CEO.

The personable emcee for this event was Cousin Brucie. Entertainment this evening was provided by not only one, but a trio of talented top notch entertainers that included, The Temptations, The Pointer Sisters and Little Anthony and the Imperials, enjoyed by everyone. Guests were dancing and all having a fab time! This event featured a great organization, a well deserving honoree, delicious food catered by the Marriott, excellent service plus top of the line entertainment!

Arthur George, Chimes Foundation Inc., and Patrick Bagley, Chimes International, Ltd, chaired this fantabulously successful fun(d) raising event garnering $500,000 to benefit essential services Chimes provides. To date, this annual event has fun(d) raised $6.5 million!

The gala committee included Al Bussone, William (Bill) Drake, Jane Drumm, Cecil Fox, Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, Marty Lampner, Judy Martinak, Dianne Salama, Heidi Falter, Monica Jackson, Stephanie Washington and Matt Hombach.

Note, Chimes' name references the fact that the first handful of children with developmental problems in 1947 loved to hear the bell ring in the church where they would meet in Baltimore City. Therefore, this organization is appropriately named Chimes.

Members of Chimes Foundation board includes Albert Bussone, Mary (Terry) Collard, William (Bill) Drake, Tracey Durant, Jane Drumm, Bobby Edmonson, Cecil Fox, Renee Gordon, Shawna Gottlieb, Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, Matt Kaplowitz, Stephen Kramer, Marty Lampner.

Also Judy Martinak, Michael May, Karen McGraw, Dilip Paliath, Dave Paulson, Sean Quinn, Dianne Salama, Doug Schmidt, Art Smith, Rochelle Spector, Alan Udoff and George Zumbano.

Plus Heidi Falter, Matt Hornbach, Monica Jackson and Stephanie Washington.

In addition to above listed also among the 500 party revelers were Bob Wallace's family, many business associates plus politicos including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, County Executives Kevin Kamenetz and Ken Ulman.

Also Martha Perl, Ellie Lampner, Lee Anne Busone, Marge Wisnom and Bob Cleary, Ellen and Neil Meltzer, Dr, Patricia (Patty) and Gary Attman, Stephanie and Ron Attman, the Margolis's-Zell, Jean. Joel and Mark.

Plus, Lou Seidel, Jody and Mark Singer, Essie Cohen, Brenda and Will Jews, Dr. Ellen Yankellow, Lois and Alan Elkin and many others, too numerable to list due to space limitations.

Chimes Corporate Headquarters is located at 4815 Seton Drive, Baltimore Md., Zip 21215. For more info call 410-358-6400. Their web site is

Chimes, its subsidiaries and affiliates do not discriminate in the provision of services and equal opportunities to persons served.

Note: In Southern Delaware, Millsboro, the Irwin and Phyllis Levin Center, a fab new state-of-the art, home away from home, for Chimes clients opened this past September.

Mega thanks to Cousin Brucie, the fab entertainers, generous sponsors, attendees, Chimes staffers and volunteers and Baltimore Marriott Waterfront for providing accommodations for this event. The hors d'oeuvre and dinner were delicious.

Special thanks David Nevins and Matt Hombach, public relations.

Condolences/ Memorium

Concluding this week's column, "sincerest and deepest condolences" to Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company located at 40 E. Sudbrook Lane, Pikesville on the death of a trio of their "key" very important volunteer firemen this past year, Lee Sachs, Murray Rodman and William "Bill" Levin.

Condolences to families of the deceased and Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company members.

Contributions in their beloved memory, may be mailed to Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company, at the above listed address.

Lee, Murray and Bill, will also be immensely missed by our entire Pikesville/Northwest community they served for mega years!

Again, our community's sincerest condolences!

Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company president is Richard Berkowitz.

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