14th Annual United Way Holiday Ball Raises $150K for Community

December 7, 2016 (Cambridge, MD) - United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore recently held the 14th Annual Holiday Ball at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge, MD, raising over $150,000.  Over 470 guests from across the Shore and beyond rang in the 2016 Holiday Season at the “Event of the Year!” in support of United Way’s 74 critical Education, Financial Stability and Health programs serving the Lower Shore. 

Attendees enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet dinner and high-energy dance music provided by top Washington D.C. band, “Radio City.”  Guests also enthusiastically participated in the “Wall of Wine” raffle and bid in United Way’s largest “Perfect Present” silent auction to date, with over 100 fabulous items.  The talented Sandy Gillis served as the auctioneer for the live auction, which featured extravagant vacation packages and gourmet dinner parties that had been donated by local businesses and individuals.  

United Way’s dedicated Holiday Ball Committee began the planning process in June of this year, spending hundreds of hours to ensure success through securing sponsorships from local businesses, acquiring popular live and silent auction items, assembling stockings for guests when they arrive at the Hyatt Regency for their overnight stay, as well as offering logistical support for transportation, set-up and break-down of the event décor and displays.  

This year’s Holiday Ball Committee chair, Connie Strott shared “We are always blown away by the support we receive from local businesses and individuals that make this event the most popular gathering of the year.  Most importantly, this event will continue to help our neighbors in need long after the Holiday Season.”


(L-R) Jeri Shelton, Jimmy Sweet, Carol & Stanley Botts, John Allen, Renee Stephens and Joe Sheehy gather for a photo at the 14th Annual United Way Holiday Ball.

(L-R) Dana & Wendy Seiler, and John & Deborah Breda stop for a photo before the first dance set of the night.

(L-R) Mary Lou Hurst, Lisa & Chris Davis and Stephen and Hollis Hearn pose for the camera before bidding on items in the Holiday Ball silent auction.

(L-R) Roy Geiser, Cris & Olesya Taylor and Jen & William Layton are enjoying themselves at the “Event of the Year” at the Hyatt Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD.

(L-R) Wesley Cox, Tarrah Tatem and Amy & Brent Miller stop for a quick photo before heading onto the dance floor.

(L-R) Amy Haynie, Ashley Stern & Heather North take a break from conversation to pose for a photograph at the United Way Holiday Ball.

(L-R) Chris Perdue, Chrissy Tanner, Mike & Heather Brenner, Danielle Christine and Austin Widdowson stop for a photo after leaving the dance floor.

The 2016 United Way Holiday Ball Committee and staff gather for a photo on the stairs before the “Event of the Year” begins!