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Maryland Center for the Arts Raises $170k at Dancing for the Arts Gala

February 2017

From left to right: Janet Plum, Carolyn Lambdin, Tina Doyle, Toby Musser and Michael Jessup. The Morris A. and Clarisse B. Mechanic Foundation received the 2016 Jeffrey J. Plum Legacy in the Arts Award from the Maryland Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of Images of Sommer.

The 2016 Dancing for the Arts Gala, held Nov. 18 and 19 at Maryland Golf and Country Clubs, raised approximately $170,000 in net revenue to support Maryland Center for the Arts. Participants in the dance competition spent four months learning a routine choreographed by ballroom professionals from Dancing with Friends Studio while raising funds for the nonprofit. Additional awards presented at the gala included the Jeffrey J. Plum Legacy in the Arts Award, which was received by Board President Tina Doyle and Carolyn Lambdin, respective Board President and Trustee of the Morris A. and Clarisse B. Mechanic Foundation. The award is named in honor of the late Jeffrey Plum, a local attorney and lifetime devotee of Maryland arts, and was presented by his wife Janet. Michael Jessup, CEO of Maryland Center for the Arts, presented the amphitheater rendering and updated the organization’s name and logo, which was formally announced in January. Guests were encouraged pledge to the capital campaign and receive the opportunity to name an amphitheater seat or engrave a walkway brick/paver. To learn more about giving opportunities, visit or call 443-567-5216.