Chester River Health System, Shore Health System Sponsor Adkins Arboretum's Magic in the Meadow Fundraising Gala

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—AUGUST 10, 2011)

Recognizing Adkins Arboretum’s important mission of conserving the Chesapeake Bay region’s native landscapes, Chester River Health System and Shore Health System have signed on as lead corporate sponsors for the Arboretum’s fourth annual Magic in the Meadow signature fundraiser. “As Magic in the Meadow’s first Green Champion sponsors, Shore Health System and Chester River Health System have embraced Adkins Arboretum as an important community asset for healthy living,” said Arboretum Executive Director Ellie Altman. “We are delighted to welcome these generous new partners.”

Set for Sat., Sept. 24, Magic in the Meadow will celebrate the beauty of the Arboretum’s 400 acres of majestic gardens, meadows and forests while directly supporting the Arboretum’s education and conservation programs. The twilight event promises an enchanting evening under the stars, with tantalizing hors d’ouevres; cocktails; delicious wines; dinner prepared by the Eastern Shore’s premier caterer, PeachBlossom; and the music of the incomparable Stef Scaggiari. Exciting live and silent auctions will offer an array of fabulous travel opportunities, local adventures, luscious wines, art and much more. The winner of “12 Nights on the Town,” an exclusive live auction item, will receive gift certificates for twelve of the Mid-Shore’s finest restaurants, plus a dozen crab cakes and a Smith Island cake to take home at the end of the evening celebration.

“We’re very pleased to sponsor the Arboretum’s Magic in the Meadow event,” commented Jim Ross, president and CEO of Chester River Health System. “We have teamed with our sister health system, Shore Health, as the Green Champion sponsor.” Ross added that both health systems recognize the connection between one’s health and the environment. “Chester River Health and Shore Health embrace environmentally friendly practices and products, and are always open to exploring green options to conserve energy and to reduce waste in their facilities,” Ross commented.

Jerry Walsh, interim president and CEO for Shore Health System, noted, “We live and work in such a beautiful part of the world and fully support Adkins Arboretum’s commitment to educating people about the natural resources that surround us on the Eastern Shore.”

Tickets for Magic in the Meadow are $125 per person and may be reserved at www.magicinthemeadow.org, by e-mailing magic@adkinsarboretum.org, or by calling Lynda Tison at 410-634-2847, ext. 21. Sponsorship opportunities as well as tables for ten are available for reservation.

Formed in 1997, Chester River Health System offers state-of-the-art health care to the residents of Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. The system provides health care through a network of community-based services and is recognized throughout the community for providing quality, compassionate care with a personal touch. For more information, visit www.chesterriverhealth.org.

A regional, not-for-profit network of inpatient and outpatient services, Shore Health System was formed in 1996 and serves the community with facilities in Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties. The health system’s regional network of outpatient services includes primary and specialty physical practices for people of all ages. For more information, visit www.shorehealth.org.

Both Chester River Health System and Shore Health System are part of the University of Maryland Medical System.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and redesign its entrance to broaden educational offerings and public outreach initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Photo: Chester River Health System and Shore Health System are the Green Champion lead corporate sponsors for the fourth annual Magic in the Meadow, a gala fundraiser to benefit Adkins Arboretum, to be held Sat., Sept. 24. Pictured from left are Jim Ross, president and CEO, Chester River Health System; Arboretum Executive Director Ellie Altman; Magic in the Meadow committee member Bruce Valliant; Magic in the Meadow committee chair Pat Bowell; and Jerry Walsh, interim president and CEO, Shore Health System.