SBLC Gala 2018: Everyday Champion

SBLC Gala 2018: Everyday Champion

Benefited SBLC – South Baltimore Learning Center

April 7, 2018 – M&T Bank Stadium

Several hundred folks gathered at M&T Bank Stadium for the annual gala celebrating SBLC – South Baltimore Learning Center – and its efforts providing functional literacy, life skills training and career preparation services for adults.

Amid an evening of swirling lights and colors, guests enjoyed food from a variety of local restaurants, dancing to the music of Advanced Party Solutions, a photo booth, a live auction and raffles. This year’s theme – “Everyday Champion” – honored Brian McHale for his longtime support of SBLC.

Pictured (LtoR) Rachel Brown, SBLC student; Stephanie Magness, Baltimore area project accountant; Rich Magness, retired staffing executive; and Karen Lewis, SBLC student

Pictured (LtoR) Celeste Amato, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers president; and Steve Stricklin, City of Baltimore facilities maintenance division chief

Pictured (LtoR) Lucy Chittenden, Maryland Office of Tourism assistant director; and Braden Hassett, event committee member

Pictured (LtoR) Lauren Alexander, school-based mental health therapist; G. Adam Ruther, SBLC board member; Neil Ruther, Baltimore-based attorney; and JoAnn Ruther, community volunteer

Pictured (LtoR) Andrea Griesmar, SBLC board vice president; Barry Blumberg, SBLC board past president; Sharon Flagler, SBLC board member; Ian Neuman, SBLC board president; and Brian McHale, event honoree

Pictured (LtoR) Brian McHale; Sharon Flagler; Tanya Terrell, SBLC executive director; Chris Rosenthal, SBLC former board president; Andrea Greismar; Adam Ruther; and M.C. Celesky, gala co-chair

Pictured (LtoR) Natalie Davila, BGE customer service representative; Sylvester Brown, Jr., federal police officer; and Tamera Brown, BGE specialist

Pictured (LtoR) Scott Guthrie, M&T Bank vice president; Dana Weckesser, Global Health Partnerships CEO; Joe Panelli, DC area accountant; and Michael Gallerizzo, Gephardt & Smith attorney

Pictured – Hailee Griesmar, event co-chair (In red dress, third from left) and fellow SBLC supporters

Pictured (LtoR) Courtney Fitzsimmons, Northrop Grumman financial analyst; and Zach Zelesfsky, Baltimore area financial analyst

Pictured (LtoR) Davis Swicord, BBVA Compass commercial banker; Mary Hearon, Mount St. Mary’s University research assistant; Kyle Huysman, Bank of New York Mellon trade analyst; and Alex Johnson, Donnelly College academic support specialist

Pictured (LtoR) Alex Todd; Bernard Simx, Associated Black Charities program manager; Clair Minson, Associated Black Charities workforce strategist; and Matthew Minson, The Minson Group founder/president

Sloane Brown

Baltimore's longtime fashion and social scene reporter, Sloane is the founder/managing editor of Baltimore Snap.