Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital's Storybook Gala a Big Hit

For immediate release: June 17, 2014

Event Raises Record Amount

Event Photos:
Melvin Mora and Gisel Mora

BALTIMORE, MD – An energetic mix of Baltimore's brightest business and philanthropic leaders enthusiastically embraced the Dr. Seuss-themed Storybook Gala on May 16th benefiting Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. The hospital's first gala in more than 20 years raised well over $100 thousand for the non-profit's patients and programs.

"We are just delighted," says Sheldon Stein, MWPH President and CEO, "It's just incredible. The event sold out in a matter of days, thanks to the hard work of our incredible committee and Development staff."

425 guests packed the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson for a Friday night full of whimsical fun, but also to listen to poignant stories of hope and healing about the hospital's patients, families, and dedicated clinicians.

Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital offers sophisticated medical care in a family-friendly atmosphere. The 102- bed non-profit hospital offers in-and-outpatient services for conditions such as asthma, diabetes, developmental, gastrointestinal, psychological and sleep disorders, and more.

A driving force behind the gala was committee chair Lauren Perlin of Baltimore, whose young daughter receives various therapies at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. She was able to channel the many talents of a wonderful committee to create the winning formula.

"We are so grateful to the committee and to everyone who supported us through this gala," says Richard Katz, MD, MBA, MWPH VP of Medical Affairs, "their hard work means we can keep doing the hard work we do -- of helping the area's seriously and chronically ill children get better and go home."

Highlights of the gala were several interactive themes, such as a "Onesie Drive," which resulted in guests donating more than 500 onesies for babies to wear in the Center for Pediatric and Neonatal Transitional Care. Additionally, guests donated thousands of dollars through a "Fund-a-Need" segment, a raffle drawing for his and hers luxury watches from Smyth Jewelers, and by placing bids in the very popular large silent auction.

The gala also brought out noted sports celebrities, including former Oriole third baseman Melvin Mora and Gisel Mora (whose quintuplets received treatment at MWPH), former Baltimore Ravens Matt Stover and Matt Katula, and former NBA and University of MD basketball player Walt Williams.