Tidewater Trader April 14, 2021 Page 38 Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s was the proud March re- cipient of the Acme Give Back Where It Counts Reusable Bag program, and through a partnership with Acme and a donation from Hori- zons National, Horizons was able to gift a bag of groceries and a gro- cery gift card to five local families. Thanks to the support of the Ches- tertown Acme market and shop- pers, Horizons received $1 for ev- ery $3 reusable bag bought during March. This program made it easy for shoppers to support their com- munity and their environment. Angela Cornelius of the Ches- tertown Acme Market worked thoughtfully to pack grocery bags for families, and the Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s team was excited to offer fami- lies with the gift. “We are very grateful for Acme and Horizons National for making this project possible,” shared Teresa Della- mura, Program Coor- dinator for Horizons. Acme has gone above and beyond this past year to support lo- cal communities during the pan- demic. The Give Back Where It Counts Reusable Bag Program is a true testament to their gener- osity as they support groups fo- cused on education, civic, health & wellness, hunger relief, and military/veterans organiza- tions. They are making a posi- tive impact in our communities. Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s is an affiliate of Horizons National, a national network of out-of-school academic, en- richment, and social-emotional learning programs working with children and families from under- served communities. For more information about the Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s learn- ing program, please visit www. horizonskentqueenannes.org. Send In Your Good News Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org GOOD NEWS PAGE Newsworthy Notes From You The Readers March Recipient of Acme Reusable Bag Program is Horizons of Kent & QA Representatives from twelve Mid- Shore non-profits will accept checks totaling $49,318 from the Women and Girls Fund’s 19 th annual grants program. That will bring the Fund’s overall grant total since 2003 to $731,870 to 101 unique Mid-Shore non-profits whose programs ben- efit women and girls in one or more of the five Mid-Shore counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. The grants will go to three new or- ganizations and ten nonprofits that have been awarded Women & Girls Fund grants at least once before. New this year are the MAC, Inc, and Pine Street Committee, both in Dorchester County and Kent At- tainable Housing in Kent County. Other grant recipients are: CASA of Caroline, Compass Regional Hos- pice, Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, For All Seasons, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, Part- ners in Care/Community for Life, Pickering Creek Audubon Center Women & Girls Fund to Distribute $49,318 in Grant Awards and Talbot Community Connec- tions and The Ladies of Nia. In addition to distributing the grant checks, the Fund will present two annual awards and one new award. The Women &Girls FundAward for 2021 will be presented to Julie Lowe, Executive Director of Talbot Inter- faith Shelter – a homeless shelter and transitional housing program in Easton. Julie led Talbot Interfaith Shelter from a volunteer-run effort that moved people, cots and sup- plies from one church to another ev- ery few weeks, to a larger and more stable organization. “I couldn’t imagine anything much more diffi- cult and demoralizing than not be- ing able to maintain a roof over my head and food to eat, and having people look down on me for being in that situation. I am both proud and humbled to be a part of helping people to overcome their challenges and build successful lives. It is my passion and my calling,” she said. Horizons of Kent & QA’s was the March recipient for the Acme Reusable Bag Program. The National Music Festival will celebrate its 10 th anniversary in Chestertown August 1 st -14 th . To mark the occasion, NMF is launch- ing Festival Forum, a monthly series of live Zoom discussions – previewing this year’s events and reflecting on its first decade. Festival Forum will present six live-streamed sessions. In the first, April 14 th at 7pm-8pm, vet- eran NPR host Liane Hansen will interview NMF Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg and Executive Director Caitlin Patton. You can register for Festival Fo- rum events from the National Music Festival’s homepage, www. nationalmusic.us. Founded in 2010, the National Mu- sic Festival is a two-week classical music festival in Chestertown, a historic river town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and convenient to several East Coast popula- tion centers. Aspiring young professional musicians live and work together present- ing over 35 concerts – rang- ing from solo recitals to large symphony orchestra perfor- mances with chorus – and 200 free open rehearsals for music lovers all over the world. The Festival Forums will con- tinue, with Patton as host, on the fourth Thursday of the month, 7pm-8pm, April through August. Each will feature one of the pro- fessional musicians who has men- tored apprentices at the festival since its start. Viewers will get the inside scoop on how the festival has grown and evolved, learn more about the mentors and their instruments and get their take onmusical highlights fromNMF’s first decade. The series will continue with Jeff Keesecker, bassoon, April 22 nd ; Dana Goode, violin, May 27 th ; Jared Hauser, oboe, June 24 th ; Jennifer Parker- Harley, flute, July 22 nd ; and Tom Parchman, clarinet, August 26 th . The 2021 festival is being held later than usual to prioritize the health and safety of the audience and musicians. The 2022 festival will return to its usual schedule of the first two weeks of June. ‘Festival Forum’ Live-Stream to Spotlight 2021 National Music Festival Caitlin Patton (shown left) and Richard Rosenburg. The 2021 recipient of the Sheryl V. Kerr Award is Leslie Bishop, found- er of Dorchester County’s MidShore Meals til Monday. Leslie and her husband re-located to Cambridge from the Washington, DC area in 2016, for spending time enjoying their grandchildren and working on renovations to their Victorian home in Cambridge. Leslie learned about the backpack program “Care Packs” feeding hungry students on weekends in Talbot County, and discovered that no similar program existed in Dorchester County, so she began preparing and delivering about 35 bags each week to Vienna Elementary. Three years later, dur- ing the height of the Covid -19 Pan- demic, MidShore Meals til Monday was packing and distributing over 1,100 bags of food each week. The Women & Girls Fund created a special award this year to ad- dress our region’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Board unanimously agreed that the award would be named “2020 Champion.” It will be presented to Chief Execu- tive Officer Beth Anne Langrell and the staff of For All Seasons, Inc. for their heroic response to the pan- demic, serving our community with life-saving behavioral health and rape crisis services. For All Seasons is the largest licensed behavioral health and rape crisis center serving the counties of the Mid-Shore with- out regard to one’s ability to pay. For information about theWomen & Girls Fund, call 410-770-8347, email email@example.com or visit www.womenandgirlsfund.org.