30th Anniversary

Community Foundation Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Gala

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore celebrated its 30th Anniversary in festive fashion Saturday night, May 17th at CommunityFoundationOfES_30thAnniversaryLogo-JPGthe Fountains Wedding & Conference Center in Salisbury.

Nearly 200 people marked this important benchmark in the life of the Community Foundation by celebrating with an evening of friendship, food and dancing to the band Groove Line.

The Chairman’s Award was presented to Jim Almand, Community Foundation Board Member. A two-time member of the Board of Directors, Jim ascended the officer ranks to serve as Chairman in 1996 and again in 2010. Jim serves as an ambassador for the Community Foundation through his family’s charitable giving and community involvement.

The special evening also notably featured the presentation of three Pearls of Service Awards created to celebrate, reward and encourage outstanding achievement in the charitable sector. The Pearls of Service Awards were presented to Diakonia, MAC, Inc., and the Seton Center. These three charitable organizations were honored for their service to Somerset, Wicomico and/or Worcester Counties, had received one or more grants from the Community Foundation and have been notably effective in using that support, and demonstrated continued efficacy in meeting critical community human service needs. Each organization received an award and a $10,000 grant designated to benefit their agency endowment fund at the Community Foundation.

Led by Melody Nelson, CFES board chair, a special thank you to the 30th Anniversary Ad-Hoc Committee members who donated their time and talents to coordinating the 30th Anniversary Gala: Art Cooley, Tom Hershey, Marty Neat, Emily Robinson and Gee Williams. In addition, thank you to Jackie’s Flowers & More for providing the table centerpieces.


Thank you to Our Event Sponsors:



The Hazel Family Charitable Fund


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Mason New


Avery Hall Insurance Agency


Tom & Beth Hershey


Kuhn’s Jewelers


Art & Billie Cooley


Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy and Almand P.A.


Bank of Delmarva


Choptank Electric


Comcast Spotlight


Delmarva Power


 G2 Properties


Hebron Savings Bank


Nelson Insurance Agency


PNC Bank

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