Letter: Dinner/dance helps Catonsville nonprofit feed less fortunate

The CEFM Network, formerly the Catonsville Emergency Food Ministries, celebrated its second annual St. Valentine Day dinner/dance Feb. 9 at the Rolling Road Golf Club.

More than 150 guests attended the delicious surf and turf dinner and danced to the music of one of Baltimore's best upcoming bands, Collect All 5.

This year, the grab bag was extended to 75 special bags. Each contained a bottle of wine from Dave Carney of the Wine Bin, in Ellicott City, along with a gift card valued at between $30-$200. Additionally, most bags contained a brand new pair of designer sunglasses or a piece of estate jewelry. 

One of the evening's highlights was a live auction of six pieces of estate jewelry, culminating in the last item, a 14-carat-gold tennis bracelet with 42 diamonds. After purchasing the bracelet for $3,000, the lucky winner presented it to his lady friend. Everyone enjoyed the live auction.

All of the profits from the $20,000 proceeds went directly to the CEFM Network.

On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to extend our gratitude to the following sponsors: Epple Family Enterprise, Catonsville Optical Co., Wine Bin, Booth Properties, Arete Wealth Management, Windsor Electric, Ruther family and Judge Susan Souder.

Also, Rotary Club of Catonsville, Elkridge Rotary Club, Chesapeake Financial Corp., Investment and Retirement Planning Group, state Sen. Ed Kasemeyer plus Del. Steve DeBoy and Del. James Malone.

Also, Akors Services, Monck family, Mosaic Community Services, Realty Concepts, Meiser and Mohler, and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The crowd, many dressed in tuxedos and beautiful evening gowns, had a wonderful time. Young and old alike packed the dance floor all evening to the marvelous music.

Upon leaving, most of the guests indicated a desire to reserve tickets for next year's event, which is expected to be a sellout.

Richard Hiteshew, event chairman

CEFM Network vice president

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