8/13/2009
28th Annual Celebration of Life Cancer Gala Raises $400,000 For Cancer Research

Waldorf, Md., August 13, 2009 - Community Bank of Tri-County and the Rod 'N' Reel are pleased to announce the results of the 28th Annual Celebration of Life Cancer Gala. With the support of many sponsors, guests and volunteers, the Gala raised a total of $400,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society and a number of programs offered in Calvert County. The funds were raised through sponsor contributions, ticket sales, Rays of Hope and other related activities. "I am so grateful for the strong turnout this year of more than 1,500 sponsors, guests and volunteers" said Michael Middleton, Community Bank of Tri-County President and CEO and Gala Chair. "We all know far too many people whose lives have been touched by cancer. We are thrilled by the support of this community in this battle." The annual Celebration of Life Cancer Gala was held on Thursday, August 6 at the Rod 'N' Reel in Chesapeake Beach, MD. The Gala, first organized 28 years ago by former Chesapeake Beach Mayor Gerald W. Donovan and his brother Fred, is a celebration of life with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society for research, education and patient services. The Gala is a premier event in Calvert County bringing together the community to help in the fight against cancer. Since its inception 28 years ago, the Gala has raised over $4 million dollars. "Every year I am truly amazed at what generous support this event receives and for that I give my heartfelt gratitude. The Gala has grown to what it is today in large part because of the local media with their wonderful articles and coverage given to this event. Thank you to everyone that purchased a ticket, our sponsors, all of the volunteers, the American Cancer Society Committee and especially the growing number of survivors" said Gerald Donovan. Community Bank of Tri-County is the oldest independent financial institution headquartered in Southern Maryland with ten branches and over $775 million in assets.  Community Bank of Tri-County branches are conveniently located throughout Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's counties.


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