COVID-19 Statement – Current Policies & Recommendations
13 Mar

[kc_row use_container="yes" force="no" column_align="middle" video_mute="no" _id="779225"][kc_column width="12/12" video_mute="no" _id="516903"][kc_column_text] Update: March 2, 2022 Dear families, The first couple of months of 2022 have been a little challenging on the COVID front at Benedictine and in our community.  The good news is that COVID case numbers have dropped significantly on the Eastern Shore and are near zero at Benedictine.  Last week The Maryland State Board of Education recommended lifting their mask mandate.  This recommendation went before a legislative committee for final approval and last Friday the committee approved the State Board recommendation.  The CDC also made the decision to not require universal indoor mask wearing in K-12 schools in areas of low or medium COVID-19 Community levels.  At this time Caroline and Talbot Counties are considered “Low” on the CDC scale.  Because of these metrics Benedictine has lifted its required mask mandate.   This is a great step forward but we still need to be vigilant.  We continue to ask employees to stay home and notify their supervisor if they experience any symptoms related to COVID.  Benedictine continues to have testing capabilities on site for our employees, students and adults in our programs.  While it is not our intention to reinstate an

06 Dec

Generous supporters of Benedictine give a $75k match in support of dedicated employees (Ridgely, MD – December 6, 2022) – The Benedictine Foundation raised over $150,000 on Giving Tuesday through the support of numerous donors. Denise Kaczmarczyk and John Johnson longtime Benedictine supporters matched what was raised with a donation of $75,000. Benedictine employs over 350 staff that are dedicated to serving children and adults with moderate to severe developmental disabilities and autism. When Denise and John learned of the Benedictine Foundation’s effort to raise money on Giving Tuesday in support of the Benedictine staff, they pledged a $50k match. And upon hearing that the Foundation had raised $75K, Denise and John generously increased their match to $75k. “We wanted to give to the Benedictine staff that work so tirelessly in supporting the student and adult population that Benedictine serves,” stated Denise Kaczmarczyk. “Seeing the dedication and the everyday miracles that happen at Benedictine is an inspiration to me and my husband. It is a mission we feel very strongly about and want to give to those that work so hard.” Denise and John learned about Benedictine a number of years ago at a Christmas Bazaar. They were deeply inspired

16 Nov

Funds were utilized to update group homes in Annapolis and Denton (Ridgely, MD – November 16, 2022) – Benedictine was the recipient of a Phillips Charitable Foundation Grant in the amount of $48,558 that was utilized to upgrade adult group homes located in Annapolis and Denton, Maryland. Phillips Charitable Foundation mission is to support organizations that provide necessary change in the lives of vulnerable populations by solving problems and removing obstacles that lead to lasting solutions. This is a perfect match to Benedictine’s belief that all individuals, regardless of their abilities, can be productive and active members of their communities. The renovations improved living conditions and make the homes safer for the men and women who live there. “Through our grant-giving we aim to bring dignified living to the people we serve,” stated Jennifer Good, Vice President, Phillips Charitable Foundation. “We saw this project as a perfect opportunity to do just that. On behalf of all of us at Phillips Charitable Foundation, it was an honor to be able to improve the living conditions for these individuals.” The Annapolis group home, which is nearly 40 years old, serves as the permanent residence for four adult men who range in age from

16 Nov

Benedictine’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament Raises Critical Funds To Support The Developmentally Disabled (Ridgely, MD – November 2, 2022) – Benedictine’s annual Birdies For Benedictine charity golf tournament, held at the Talbot Country Club, raised close to $41,000. The funds will be used for urgent needs including student and adult programming, facility repairs and staff development. Committee Chair Steve Smith, whose brother-in-law has been with Benedictine since he was a student, expressed his gratitude of the organization. “Benedictine has provided my brother-in-law with a loving, caring, and engaging life that we are grateful for. And more than that, Benedictine has taught us how to live with and support an individual with developmental disabilities. Benedictine has enriched all our lives.” Several sponsors supported the event: PNC Bank, Hilb Group, Preston Automotive Group, Marasun Roofing, BDK, Inc., Mullen, Sondberg, Wimbish & Stone P.A., Provident State Bank, Tri Gas & Oil Co., VFW Post 7464, Town of Ridgely, Maryland, 103.1 WRNR, Barstow & Sons Heating and Cooling. Individual family support came from Sandra Amato, Mr. and Mrs. John Krieger and Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Hoffman. Participants also enjoyed tastings from Lyon Rum of St. Michaels. S. Kurt Engelhaupt, PNC Vice President, Relationship Manager

Inspired Giving Fall 2022 Newsletter
04 Nov

The Benedictine Foundation is pleased to share our Inspired Giving Fall Newsletter. READ HERE Download a copy HERE

28 Sep

Developmentally Disabled Students Send Letters to Firefighters and Police Departments in New York City and Washington, D.C.   (Ridgely, MD – September 28, 2022) – Students at Benedictine, a regional service provider for children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism, sent packages of letters and pictures to fire and police departments in New York City and Washington, D.C. in honor of all the heroes of 9/11. Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. Cadet Roseburrow stated “Benedictine is a great place! Our officers would love that,” in hearing what Benedictine planned to do. Upon receiving the package from Benedictine at the City of New York Police Department, Deputy Inspector Craig Contrera stated “On behalf of the New York City Police Department, thank you for forwarding the letters and drawings from your students. I would also like to thank your students for citing the bravery and service of our police officers during the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.” Katherine Fitzhugh, a Benedictine school teacher for five years, was the inspiration behind this idea. “I realized that my students were not alive when the 9/11 attack occurred and I wanted to teach them such an important part of our

Inspired Giving Summer 2022 Newsletter
31 Aug

READ HERE  The Benedictine Foundation is pleased to share our Summer Inspired Giving Newsletter – this is a digital version only. In this issue we celebrate the activities of summer including graduation, gardens growing and swimming! Read about the work being done at our Easton Office and one family’s story of healing and creative ways of giving to Benedictine. We also wanted to share all the wonderful events we have had in support of Benedictine including the Annual DC/Baltimore Area Charity Golf Tournament, Chrome City Ride and the Blueberry Boogie at Godfrey’s Farm.  I hope you will join us for our next fundraising event - Birdies for Benedictine Charity Golf Tournament at the Talbot Country Club on Monday, October 24th.   August is National “Make-A-Will” Month and a great reminder if you haven’t yet considered the legacy you want to leave for your family and an organization you love like Benedictine. 

24 Aug

The Benedictine Campus in Ridgely Came Alive with Motorcycles, Classic Cars, Hot Rods and More To Raise Funds for Benedictine (Ridgely, MD – August 24, 2022) – The Benedictine campus was gleaming with chrome on July 31st, as the 20th Chrome City Ride made its way back after a two-year hiatus. A fundraiser to support the children and adults with developmental disabilities that Benedictine serves was a welcome site to see. This year’s event raised $100,000 and Benedictine’s campus in Ridgely welcomed close to 1,000 riders, drivers and spectators. This event has grown into one of the largest rides in the state. “The students and adults that we serve were delighted to see the motorcycles and classic cars descend upon our school campus,” explained Executive Director, Scott Evans. “This is an important fundraiser for Benedictine and it brings joy to everyone that attends.” Spud Blake, the founder of Chrome City Ride, has led a team of dedicated friends and colleagues, mostly in state and local law enforcement, to execute this motorcycle rally ride and car show which has five rally points located on both sides of the Bay Bridge. “I am eternally grateful to each and every committee member that

29 Jun

Golfers and Supporters Enjoyed a Day of Golf and Philanthropy at the Country Club at Woodmore in Mitchellville (Ridgely, MD – June 24, 2022) – A group of supportive golfers gathered at the Country Club at Woodmore in Mitchellville to participate in the Annual DC/Baltimore Area Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Benedictine. Graciously hosted by Benedictine parents, trustees, and lead sponsors Thad Fletcher and his wife Donna Rochelle, over $52,000 was raised to support programs and services that support the developmentally disabled and autistic children and adults that Benedictine serves. “It was a great day to gather at Woodmore to share in camaraderie and raise important funds to support Benedictine,” commented Thad Fletcher, Benedictine Trustee Board Member. “Our daughter Gabby has had a wonderful experience at Benedictine and it so important to ensure that Benedictine can continue to do the important work in serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. Their quality of care is exceptional.” The tournament introduces players to Benedictine’s mission and the generosity and commitment of the Fletcher family. Participants from as far away as Texas, Illinois and Oklahoma joined the Fletchers for this fun day of golf and philanthropy. “We are so grateful to Thad and

Inspired Giving Spring 2022 Newsletter
15 Jun

Newsletter Downloadable PDF The Benedictine Foundation is pleased to share our Spring Inspired Giving Newsletter. This issue includes a Donor Honor Roll to thank our supporters, photos from our Spring Gala Bond Ball, school and adult program stories, as well as a financial summary. As we close out our 2022 fiscal year, we want to thank you for all you do for Benedictine. We are grateful for your generosity! If you haven’t had a chance to make a contribution to Benedictine yet, please consider a gift to support those we serve by before the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events including Chrome City Ride on July 31st and Birdies For Benedictine Golf Tournament on October 24th.

Benedictine Awarded Best In Business Nonprofit Caroline County
20 May

Award is presented by Caroline County Chamber of Commerce Benedictine Executive Director Scott Evans and staff gather to express their gratitude on behalf of Benedictine as the recipient of the Caroline County Best in Business Nonprofit Award.   (Ridgely, MD – May 2, 2022) – Benedictine was awarded the Caroline County Best in Business Nonprofit Award for 2021. This award is presented by the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce. The Nonprofit award criteria is based on the organization’s tremendous impact on Caroline County and demonstration of sound business management. Nominations are received by business associates, community members, staff, and, in Benedictine’s case, by the families it serves.     “Benedictine has been part of Caroline County for over 60 years and we are thrilled and honored to receive this award from the Chamber,” shared Scott Evans, Benedictine Executive Director. “While Benedictine may look unassuming when you drive by our lane – small miracles happen every day in our classrooms, in our group homes, in our residential facilities and in our community,” Evan further commented. Benedictine shared in this honor with several other Caroline County award recipients. You can view Benedictine’s video here where Scott Evans shares in his gratitude for being