For Immediate Release August 31, 2018


Andy Wayne:

BALTIMORE, MD - Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (MWPH) is excited to announce plans for the 6th Annual Storybook Gala. On Thursday night, gala chair Alison Cohen revealed the "Alice in Wonderland" theme and noted that the event will be held on April 6, 2019 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Cohen also shared that Ruth's Chris Steak House will return for a fourth year as the gala's Presenting Sponsor.

"It is a true honor to serve as chair of the Storybook Gala committee this year," said Cohen, who is Vice President of Priority 1 Automotive Group and previously managed the gala's silent auction. "The funds raised in previous years have made such an impact on the lives of MWPH's young patients. And, for me, there is nothing better than working with a team of such dedicated committee members to plan this magical evening."

Last year's "Where the Wild Things Are"-themed gala was attended by more than 600 guests and raised $315,000. Overall, the Storybook Gala has raised nearly $1.25 million in five years. Other highlights of the 2018 Gala included two meaningful patient stories, as well as a special performance by the step team at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, a partner of the hospital. Additionally, hundreds of children's books were collected for a book drive, sponsored by Priority 1 Automotive Group.

"We are looking forward to our sixth annual gala to benefit the children here at MWPH," said President & CEO, Sheldon Stein. "Over the years, this event has helped our hospital acquire necessary medical equipment, engage new supporters and celebrate the wonderful achievements of our staff. This year, we are fortunate to have Alison Cohen serve as our chairperson. Her enthusiasm and experience in helping organize this special event will be a big part of the gala's continued success."

The 2019 Storybook Gala will include dinner and dancing, a silent auction, live auction, "Fund-A-Wish" appeal and much more fun with its wondrous theme. Community events leading up to the April gala will raise excitement and support for the major event. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to remain updated on Gala happenings. Tickets will go on sale in January. To sponsor, please call 410-578-5315.


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

Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital provides family-focused, 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 nearly 9,000 patients each year. The 102-bed hospital is a jointly owned affiliate of The University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Medicine and has locations in Baltimore City, Prince George's County and in the community.

About Ruth's Chris Steak House, franchisee Big Steaks Management, LLC

Headquartered in Pikesville, MD, Big Steaks Management, LLC operates nine Ruth's Chris Steak House restaurants in Annapolis, Baltimore (Water St. and Pier 5) and Pikesville, MD, Atlantic City, NJ and Cary, Durham, Raleigh and Wilmington, NC. The company also owns and operates the Havana Club in Baltimore, MD and the Crystal Room in Pikesville, MD. Big Steaks Management is owned by Steve de Castro and employs more than 600 people in Maryland, New Jersey and North Carolina. For more information, please visit