October Benefit Dinner Offers Mediterranean Cuisine

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-Enjoy exotic delicacies while "Cruising the Mediterranean" during the October 30 Hawk Children's Fund benefit dinner, to begin 7 p.m. in the Richard A. Henson Center at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Mediterranean style pork tenderloin tops the menu with Death by Chocolate for dessert bringing up the rear.  Each food course represents a different historically rich port of call.

    Hawk Children's Fund PicThe four-part fall dinner series, created to attract additional funds to the already successful Hawk Children's Fund Kyamulinga Village project in Uganda, Africa, began with a Salute to Alaska on September 11.  To date, the series has grossed nearly $2,000, representing 40 percent of the Fund's goal to attract a $5,000 matching grant.  The resulting $10,000 pool of money is earmarked for the newest project in the Kyamulinga Village, a solar powered well that will provide clean running water, eradicating the village's need to collect rain water when it's available or to use dirty water when it is not. The November 20 dinner, themed "An Evening in Paris," completes the series. 

    The Hawk Children's Fund, created, managed and sustained by UMES students under the direction of assistant professor Richard Gormley, is well into its second year of existence.  Its success is demonstrated by the following achievements: the construction and of a new primary school, built and furnished to accommodate 126 students; the institution of a Buy-A-Book program to provide educational materials for the students and their teachers; and the construction of a 10,000-gallon underground water tank to provide a source of clean water for the village.

    Seats are available but going fast for the October 30 and November 20 dinners.  Tickets are $25 per person, with $10 of each ticket sold reserved for donation to the Hawk Children's Fund.  For tickets or for more information, contact Gormley at 410-651-6562 or by email at rpgormley@umes.edu 

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    Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, sstreet@umes.edu.