Philanthropy | Gala | MedStar St. Mary's Hospital

The Cherry Cove Group and MedStar St. Mary's Hospital present

2021 Gala Experience

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital provides state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient, and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Maryland. Our non-profit facility does not answer to shareholders; we depend on—and answer to—the communities we serve. And we need your support more than ever.

Through the challenges of COVID-19, our healthcare workers continue to care for patients with experienced hands and compassionate hearts. We keep growing, learning, and adapting to meet the needs of our community. This year, proceeds from the 2021 Gala Experience will benefit the expansion of our surgical program (see below).

Our annual black-tie gala is a highlight for our hospital and community alike—but with the continuing challenges of the pandemic, an in-person fundraiser cannot be safely held this fall. We hope to reunite in 2022!

Generosity in action

This year’s proceeds will benefit the expansion of the surgical program at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital—specifically the acquisition and installation of the da Vinci Surgical System, bringing powerful robotic-assisted surgery to St. Mary’s. Offering this technology close to home brings a wealth of benefits to patients.

While our largest equipment needs are being funded by our hospital and MedStar Health, additional components are needed to equip our staff with the tools and space to make these advances successful. Donations from this year’s event will benefit operating room renovations to accommodate a new workflow, plus a wide variety of important accessories for robotic-assisted procedures.

Patient benefits + robotic surgery


What our surgeons say

James Small III, MD, MEd

"A robotic-assisted surgery has many advantages. One of those is patient recovery, which is much shorter and far less complicated. Also, more difficult surgeries can be done in a less invasive manner. patient satisfactions is also statistically much higher with minimally invasive surgeries-culminative in a win-win situation overall for the patient and provider. The da Vinci robot coming to a hospital like MedStar St. Mary's really pushes the hospital to the edges of technological advancement. This new technology puts us in line with some of the top hospitals in the country, and brings amazing capabilities to the local community."

Tushar Samdani, MD
colorectal surgeon

"Robotic surgery provides surgeons precision, flexibility, and control to perform many types of procedures. compared to traditional open surgery, robotic surgery has all the benefits of minimally invasive surgery: less pain with faster recovery, shorter hospital stays, a better cosmetic outcome, and overall an earlier return to day-to-day activities and work. The additional of the da Vinci Surgical System at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital provides patients and surgeons access to evolving and futuristic surgical technology. Robotics will enhance surgical capabilities in the fields of surgical oncology, urology, general surgery, and gynecology."

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors

Presenting - $25,000

The Cherry Cove Group

Premiere - $15,000

Christine Wray & John Felicitas

Pam & Dave Jamieson

St. Mary’s Center for Pelvic Health

CMI General Contractors

MedStar Shah Medical Group

Associates in Radiation Medicine

Diamond - $10,000

Bushmill Band

The MIL Corporation

Jennifer Blake Meyer

Platinum - $6,000


Karen & Stephen Michaels

Gold - $4,000

PerLectric, Inc.

CRGA Design

Quality Elevator Company

Dr. Anna Choi & Mr. Richard Ferraro

KBR, Inc.

Silver - $2,500



James & Coleen Damalouji


WesBanco Bank, Inc.

Tom Clark & Paige Painter

Axis Healthcare Group

Jessica & Mike Meisel

PNC Bank

Servpro of St. Mary’s and Calvert

Toyota of Southern Maryland

Lea & Art Weaver

Conor M. Loughran, Realtor

Suburban Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Taylor Gas Company

John & Josephine Harvey

Trip raffles

Congratulations to our raffle winners!


Chartered fishing trip

Winner: Sunita Waddell

Drawn by: The MIL Corporation


Local winery tour and dinner

Winner: Dr. Kelly Fritz

Drawn by: Bushmill Band


Sailing cruise for six

Sailing cruise

Winner: James L. Norris

Drawn by: CMI General Contractors


Grand prize: HAWAII!

Winner: Wayne M. Davis

Drawn by: The Inn at Leonardtown, presented by The Cherry Cove Group


Contact us

Call MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Marketing, Public Relations & Philanthropy department at 240-434-7766, or email for assistance.