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BlackRock Center for the Arts Gala April 25

BlackRock Center for the Arts annual gala event “Rising Star” is set for Friday, April 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the center in Germantown. BlackRock will honor three individuals and companies who have been loyal and active stakeholders. Mark Friis of Rodgers Consulting, a former trustee and long-time donor will be honored as Outstanding Community Leader; the Art League of Germantown having provided years of volunteerism, artistic work and hands-on support will be honored with the Rocky Award; and Frank Ferrando, a longstanding and dedicated volunteer will be awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award. Melane and Tom Hoffmann and Mike and Cassie Knapp are the Gala Co-Chairs, and Montgomery County First Lady, Catherine Leggett is Honorary Chair.

The Gala, taking place in BlackRock’s beautiful building in Germantown, will feature live entertainment by BlackRock students and professionals, an awards program, silent auction, Fund-a-Need and a sumptuous cocktail hour and dinner, catered by Geppetto Catering.

The gala is BlackRock’s most important fundraising event of the year, with a goal of $145,000. Proceeds from the evening directly support BlackRock’s arts education programs, outreach and scholarship initiatives, gallery activities, performances, and other programs that engage the community it serves.

BlackRock is grateful to the many sponsors of this exciting gala event without whom the work of the center would not be possible. The Exclusive Lead Event Sponsor is Clarksburg Premium Outlets. Gold Sponsors are Dataprise, Inc., Minkoff Development Corporation, and Mr. and Mrs. Irvin L. Crawford, II. Silver Sponsors include The Gazette, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, Rodgers Consulting and The Tower Companies. Bronze Sponsors are Renée Pyott Carlson, Black Hills, a Development of Lerner Enterprises, Elm Street Development, The Ithaka Foundation, Matan Companies, Montgomery College, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Wegmans. The wine sponsor is Randy and Kathy Scritchfield. Individual and Star Sponsors include Chet and Paula Anderson, Sharon and Hap Bauer, Beth Daly, Toni Koerber Hammet W. Hough , Melane and Tom Hoffmann, Mike and Cassie Knapp, Tina E. Patterson, Tom and Margie Quelet, Jennifer Russel, Michael Richardson, Sr. (MAFCU), Anita Segreti, Diane C. Adler-Wailes, Bart R. Wailes, Jr., and Stephanie Weishaar. Sponsorships are still available.

To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, contact Laura Young, BlackRock’s Development Director, at 240.912.1056 or Or visit

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