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T idewater Trader April 1, 2020 Page 38 GOODNEWS PAGE Newsworthy Notes From You The Readers www.tidewatertrader.com For All Seasons Wraps Up Successful 10 th Annual Heart and Music For All Seasons Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center recently presented its 10 th Annual Heart & Music Celebration at the Oxford Community Center to the largest gala crowd in its 10-year history. Director Ed Langrell and Music Director Ellen Barry Grunden re- turned with a special “10-Year Tribute,” showcasing such popular shows as Rent, Dear Evan Hansen, Jersey Boys, and Spamalot. The best-of-the-best songs featured over the last nine years of the per- formance, include selections from the Beatles, James Taylor, Neil Di- amond, Pharrell, Alicia Keys, and Sonny and Cher. Heart & Music is produced by Beth Anne Langrell and Lisa Roth, with special guests from Crashbox Theatre Troupe. Some of the Mid Shore’s finest lo- cal musical talent was showcased in the show including Lisa Roth, Mike Sousa, Beth Anne Langrell, Ed Langrell, Gail Aveson, Heath- er Scott, Malley Hester, Becca Van Aken, Matt Fokker, Bill Gross, Shelby Swann, Zack Schlag, Ricky Vitanovec, Marcia Gilliam, Mau- reen Curtin, Jane Copple, Joe Tyler, and Erinne Lewis. A special thank you to the Heart & Music Angels Laurie and Mi- chael Frame, Mid South Audio, Price Events and Rentals, St. John’s Foundation, and Warren L. Allen Family Fund, as well as many in- dividuals and businesses who sup- ported the event. Heart & Music benefitted For All Seasons, the only non-prof- it Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center serving the five counties of Maryland’s Mid- Shore. To learn more, please visit www.forallseasonsinc.org o r call 410-822-1018. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Pledges $2M for Coronavirus Response and Relief CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) announced it will con- tribute $2 million to community nonprofit organizations working to provide relief for communi- ties’ health, social and economic needs that may arise during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pan- demic. This philanthropic contri- bution is part of CareFirst’s rapid response to urgently address the ongoing complexities people and communities continue to face as a result of COVID-19. In a collaborative effort, CareFirst engaged more than 60 organiza- tions in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia to understand the most critical needs arising fromCOVID-19.During the engagement process, CareFirst en- listed insight from representatives of Federally Qualified Health Cen- ters, hospitals, direct service orga- nizations, community and private foundations, corporate funders, and more. Through conversations with organizations, CareFirst has identified health, social and eco- nomic needs as funding priorities. CareFirst funds will help address complex and emerging health needs to close gaps in medical care access, minimize food insecurity and support the needs of economi- cally vulnerable populations who are disproportionately impacted during the COVID-19 health crisis. Additionally, CareFirst contribu- tions will help seniors quarantine in place by providing pharmacy and medication assistance, trans- portation and medically tailored meals. Investments will include, but are not limited to: Baltimore Community Foundation; Com- munity Foundation of the Eastern Shore; Community Foundation for Northern Virginia; County United Way of Cumberland, MD; United Way of Central Maryland; United Way of the National Capital Area. “Now, more than ever, is the mo- ment for empathy, urgency and corporate social responsibility. It is critical for organizations to join to- gether and combine efforts during this time of uncertainty to help lim- it negative impacts to the people and communities we serve,” said CareFirst President and CEO, Bri- an D. Pieninck. “As a not-for-profit company, it has always been our commitment to serve not only our members, but individuals, families and communities throughout the region in pursuit of new pathways to improve health equity. We are honored to work with community organizations on the front lines to help ensure people’s short and long-term needs are met during this public health crisis.” CareFirst fundingwill occur in two phases to provide ongoing relief to organizations during the outbreak and recovery phases. Funds will be available March – September 2020 through intermediary organi- zations such as, community foun- dations, and request for proposals (RFPs). More information about RFP deadlines and guidelines will be communicated shortly on CareFirst’s community website. CareFirst will continue to work to identify other barriers and solu- tions for coronavirus care for its members as this situation unfolds, and will continue to share infor- mation and updates on its website. Pictured left to right are Laurence Pezor, MD, For All Seasons psychiatrist; Beth Anne Lan- grell,CEO,ForAllSeasons;andRichardMarks. YMCA of The Chesapeake Supports Critical Community Needs Although YMCA of the Chesa- peake has closed the doors to all eleven of its locations across the Delmarva Peninsula to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Y has shifted its resources and opened its doors to support the most pressing needs in the com- munities it serves. YMCAof theChesapeake branches have partnered with local govern- ments and community partners to provide space for, and assist with, the following critical services: The Cecil County Family YMCA is on standby as a shelter-in-care lo- cation for Union Hospital, should they need childcare services or overflow beds. The Kent County Family YMCA is working with local food pantries to continue food distribution to students and seniors. The Caroline County Family YMCA collaborated with Caroline County Public Schools to deliver meals to families intheRidgelyarea and have partnered with a larger group givingmeals out at locations from Marydel to Federalsburg. Additionally, a mobile site is set up to give a days worth of meals to each child Mondays – Thursdays. In Talbot County, the Easton Fam- ily YMCA is pivoting its available resources and staff to provide a shelter of care for children of health care workers, first respond- ers and “essential” employees pro- tecting its community. The Perkins Family YMCA is also serving as a donation drop-off for all food pan- tries in the Bay Hundred. In Dorchester County, the Pauline F. & W. David Robbins Family YMCA is available as a shelter in care location and for food delivery resources, if needed. In Wicomico and Worcester coun- ties the Henson and Lower Shore Family YMCAs are on standby as a shelter of care location for emer- gency and health care workers if the hospital daycare exceeds their capacityaswell as for fooddelivery. The David Landsberger Family YMCA continues to assist in de- livering meals to 60-70 shut-ins on Chincoteague Island. Across all branches, YMCA staff is checking in on all senior members with advice for them to safely stay healthy and active at home. Additionally, the YMCA of the Chesapeake is encouraging all members to stay “healthy at home” and is utilizing social me- dia to share workouts, exercises, sports drills and more so members stay healthy and active. Y mem- bers also have free access to online fitness programs through Y360 and Les Mills so they can continue their fitness routines at home. “We know that membership is meaningful to our members, and that meaning lies in the relation- ships they have built at the Y. Those relationships are based upon how much they care about our community and want every- one to have the opportunity to thrive – no matter what our world is facing. Thank to all of our mem- bers for their continued support of our mission as we work through this crisis together,” said Gill.