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The members of Mattawoman Creek Art Center wish to express gratitude to the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation for sponsoring the art center’s fundraiser, Mattawoman Derby.

The Jaycees serve the community with their continuous generosity to local nonprofit organizations, and MCAC has been very fortunate to benefit from that generosity. The proceeds from the derby will be used to expand programs for the community and for additional capital improvements to the facility of the visual arts center in Smallwood State Park.

Many members of the community volunteered their time and talents to entertain derby guests. Hammad Matin and Kevin Wedding, the master of ceremonies and racing official, respectively, kept the evening light and fun; Sheila Landes designed and created thoroughbred race horses for the jockeys; Southern Maryland Carousel Group brought three of their newest carousel animals to display, which were painted by MCAC artists; and Sandi Middleton and Janet Pflaum delighted everyone’s sweet tooth with their culinary skills.

Door prizes and silent auction items were donated by Blue Dog Saloon, Calvert County government, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Charles County government, Civista Health Foundation Crab Feast, College of Southern Maryland, Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, Dale’s Smokehouse, El Dorado, Mama Stella’s, Marie’s Diner, Maryland Jockey Club, MCAC artists, Nelson Financial Planning Services, Outback Steakhouse, Port Tobacco Players, the Royal Tea Room and St. Babe’s Tavern on the Green.

Thank you to all who supported the Mattawoman Derby.

The art center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to promote the visual arts and cultural activities. All exhibits and programs are open to the public, with membership available to artists and supporters of the arts.

Mary Agnes Swann, Marbury

The writer is a Mattawoman Creek Art Center board member.