Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital Storybook Gala Celebrates a World of Pure Imagination

For immediate release: May 22, 2017


Andy Wayne

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Fundraising increases 15% over previous year

BALTIMORE, MD (May 22) –  Baltimore’s philanthropic community gathered on May 13 for the fourth annual Storybook Gala, presented by Ruth’s Chris Steak House, to benefit Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (MWPH). The Willy Wonka-themed event was attended by more than 650 people and raised $338,000 (net), an increase of 15% from 2016 and 200% since the event’s inception. 

“We celebrated a sweet evening with our dedicated family of supporters – from the doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital to the patient families, donors and volunteers,” said Sheldon Stein, president and CEO of the hospital. “Their generosity will help our hospital lead the way for children’s healthcare in Maryland.” 

The event was held at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel and included a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing, silent auction and a special “Fund-A-Wish” appeal. The event was chaired by Beth Armacost, whose son receives services at MWPH. 

“I was thrilled to chair the Gala and have the opportunity to let our guests know what makes Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital so special,” said Armacost. “The Baltimore community and beyond came out to support the hospital in areas such as patient programming, outpatient expansion, and state-of-the-art medical equipment.”

“I know that Steve DeCastro and the rest of the team at Ruth’s Chris join me in saying how delighted we are to partner with Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital,” said Jim Mitich, president and COO of Big Steaks Management. “The Gala is a just a marvelous event and we also enjoy hosting events at our restaurants throughout the year for patient families, supporters and staff.”

Highlights of the Gala included two special patient stories about the smallest baby born in Maryland and a young man who sustained over 100 surgeries, as well as a special welcome message from actress Robin Wright. Hundreds of items of children’s clothing were collected for the MINI for Minis campaign, sponsored by Priority 1 Automotive Group.

 The evening concluded with a lively “Fund-A-Wish” appeal that raised more than $147,000 to support ongoing programs and services for medically complex children. The majority of MWPH patients receive Medicaid and these funds will help bridge the gap between insurance and out-of-pocket expenses. 

Now in its fourth year, the Storybook Gala continues to be supported by a large and energetic group of volunteers – this year totaling more than 30 community and staff members. In addition to Ruth’s Chris presenting sponsorship, the event received additional support from Priority 1 Automotive Group, Quotient, D.F. Dent, the Eliasberg Family Foundation, Kelly Benefit Strategies, Len Stoler Automotive, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the University of Maryland Medical System, M&T Bank, and others. 

The evening ended with a special thank you from the patients.

To view the Gala’s photo gallery, click here.


About Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital: Where Children go to Heal and Grow

Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital provides family-centered, integrated care to children with serious, chronic or complex medical needs. Since 1922, the hospital has helped children heal from illness and injury, and now treats more than 8,500 patients each year. With locations in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, the 102-bed post-acute hospital is a jointly owned affiliate of the University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Medicine. For more information, please visit