The 2022 Dancing for the Arts gala hosted by the Maryland Center for the Arts on June 4 was a memorable evening with nearly 400 people in attendance at the Delta Hotel in Hunt Valley, according to a spokesperson for the center.

This year’s event raised a record amount, totaling nearly $140,000 – the highest in the event’s 13-year history. The gala featured local community leaders who participated in a ballroom dancing competition to raise funds to support the organization.

“What an exciting evening for the Maryland Center for the Arts,” said gala co-chair Cynthia Hergenhahn. “We can’t thank our dancers and sponsors enough for a record fundraising year.”

Claudine Adams of Bravura Information Technology Systems was the top fundraiser of the night, raising the most ever by a dancer in the event’s 13-year history, with nearly $70,000.

“Wow, what an experience,” Adams said. “I had so much fun learning my routine with outstanding professionals at the Dancing with Friends studio. It was an honor to dance and raise funds for such an important cause. Harford County will truly benefit from an arts campus accessible to everyone.

The dancers received Top Fundraisers and Judges’ Choice awards in first, second and third place. Katherine Kelly of the Kelly Group came second in fundraising, raising nearly $50,000; and third place went to Heather Krout of Home with Heather, who raised nearly $15,000.

Kelly also placed first in the Judges’ Choice Award; while Master CJ Chang of the US Taekwondo Academy and Ms. Maryland America Julia Chang received second place; and Lynne Zink of Zink Auctions & Appraisals/Lee Tessier Team of EXP Realty, took third place.

“There was so much energy in the ballroom,” said gala co-chair Mary Teddy Wray. “Friends and family came out to support the dancers and the evening couldn’t have been more perfect.”

Also at the event, Harford County veterinarian Richard Streett received the Jeffrey Plum Legacy in the Arts Award on behalf of the Streett family for his continued generosity to the Maryland Center for the Arts. The award is named in honor of the late Jeffrey Plum, local attorney and lifelong advocate for the arts in Maryland.

Organizers say to save the date for the 2023 gala, scheduled for June 3, 2023, still at the Delta Hotel in Hunt Valley.

The Maryland Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Inc., known as the Maryland Center for the Arts, raises funds for a regional center for the visual and performing arts. Located on 41 acres of woodland in Harford County, the new arts campus will house a multipurpose community arts center, a 500+ seat amphitheater, educational buildings with studios and classrooms, and other resources to nurture the state’s vibrant arts community.


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