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A Taste of Hampden 2014

Sincere thanks to all of the many restaurants that participated in A Taste of Hampden this year and the merchants that donated goods. The Taste was a tremendous success due in no small measure to the big hearts of the local establishments that joined us for an evening of food, fun, wine and music. Your generosity and support of the Family Center is greatly appreciated!

Please patronize the following the next time you decide to do a little shopping: Antique Exchange Home & Design, Atomic Books, Avenue Antiques, Charlotte Elliott And The Bookstore Next Door, Doubledutch Boutique, Fleckenstein Gallery, Russel Huntley, In the Details, In Watermelon Sugar, Kiss’N Make-Up, Le Garage Beer Bar and Frites, Mono Azul Boutique, Mud And Metal, Retrofurn, Sandy’s Bargain Center, Edye Sanford, Shananigans Toy Shop, Sixteen Tons, Studio C, Sugar, The Modest Florist, The Wine Source, and Whatnots Antiques, Etc.

Or the next time you dine out: 13.5, Alchemy, The Art House, Asian Taste, Birroteca, Blue Pit Barbeque, Café Cito, Café Hon, The Charmery, A Common Ground, Corner BYOB, Daniela Pasta & Pastries, The Food Market, Frazier’s On The Avenue, Golden West Café, Holy Frijoles, Jukai Juice Company, Kodee Cakes, Ma Petite Shoe Café+Shop, Rocket to Venus and and Woodberry Kitchen!

Many thanks to Alpha Phi Omega fraternity for their help sprucing up the place, Paula Bogert for her wonderful design of the invitation and poster, Deb Falkenhan for gathering all the goods and organizing a successful raffle, Alice Ann Finnerty for adding the extra touches, Libby Francis and The Modest Florist for the exquisite flower arrangements, Reuben Petersheim and the youth group from Hampden Christian School for many hours of painting and Daniel Wylie for spinning fine tunes!

A Taste of Hampden 2013

A Taste of Hampden was a tremendous success and a great party. This year the Family Center was able to raise $15,000! There were more than250 people in attendance and the place was overflowing with supporters. Guests mingled with friends and enjoyed sampling a variety of cuisines from 23 participating restaurants. From steamed mussels to lasagna, green chile stew to tenderloin sliders, calamari to baked potato soup, pad thai to tortellini and even bacon and pancake cake for dessert. No one left hungry and everyone remarked the food was delicious and plentiful! The Wine Source generously donated the wine, beer and assorted beverages and this year and Union Craft Brewing donated one of their specialty beers.

Guest participated in a raffle for the “Mystery Boxes.” Some lucky winners departed for the night with raffle prizes in tow thanks to the generosity of local businesses that donated items for our “Mystery Boxes” (see below for details).

Sincere thanks to the many restaurants that participated this year. It was a tremendous success due, in no small measure, to the big hearts of the local establishments that joined us for an evening of food, fun, wine and music. Your generosity and support of the Family Center is greatly appreciated! We hope that you will support the many restaurants that supported us. Thanks to: 13.5%, Alchemy, The Art House, Asian Taste, Birroteca, Breathe Bookstore Café, Corner BYOB, Café Hon, The Charmery, CHOUX Café, Common Ground, Corner BYOB, Daniela’s Pasta & Pastries,  The Food Market, Frazier’s, Golden West Café, Grano, Holy Frijoles, KoDee’s Cakes, Luigi’s Italian Deli, Ma Petite Shoe, Rocket to Venus, Royal Farms, Spro Coffee and Woodberry Kitchen!

Thank You Mystery Box Merchants!

16 Tons
Atomic Books
Avenue Antiques
Charlotte Elliott
The Charmery
Cloud 9
Designs from the Edge
Falkenhan’s Hardware

In The Details
Missi Kibelbek
Mono Azul
Mud & Metal
NV Salon
Outpost Music

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Hats Off to Hampden Family Center 2013

On April 13, more than 250 guests filled Gutierrez Studios in Woodberry for a night featuring great music by John LT Band, delectable delights provided by The Food Market, libations from The Wine Source and silent and live auction items! One of the most memorable parts of the evening was the wide array of unique hats worn by guests. These provided many great opportunities for pictures and conversations!

In addition to the great candid photos taken throughout the evening, we also had a photo booth operated by Marcus Ross and students enrolled in the Access Art program. Children in our after-school enrichment program created a magnificent piece of art, under the direction and supervision of Kristie Winther, our MICA Community Arts Program Instructor, that served as the backdrop for the photos. Guests had the opportunity to have their photo taken and framed as a fun and memorable souvenir!

Many thanks to all of the following individuals whose hard work and commitment contributed to the success of the event: First and foremost, co-chairs: Amy Telep Dibos and Chad Gauss, and the entire Event Planning Committee: Paula Bogert, Jennifer Bowers, Sana Brooks, Alice Ann Finnerty, Tom Finnerty, Wesley Finnerty, Carol Greene, Carty Hebert, Lauren Rauseo, Janine Robinson, Beth Smith, Carey Talucci, Rose Valerio, Rebecca Waters, and Carey Williams; the Host Committee: Dr. Nicole Brummer, Susan and Geoff Carey, Ellen and David Gildea, Liz and Ned Insley, Cindy and David Knipp, Kathy and Mike McGonigle, Christina and Michael Niccolini, Lynn and Jim Strott, Ashley and Jack Thayer, and Susan and David Wells.

Special thanks to Ravens Roost #110, Zissimos Bar, and volunteers from Boys’ Latin for helping to set up tables and chairs the night before. Your help was essential in setting the stage for a great party.

Amy and Chad did a phenomenal job bringing everything together. Their hard work, commitment and enthusiasm truly made the night a huge success! Thanks to Janine Robinson who spearheaded the wonderful silent/live auctions. Thanks to Carty Hebert and Becca Waters who transformed the space with their beautiful flowers and decorations. We are extremely grateful to David Wells and The Wine Source for their generous donation of libations — and to Carey Williams who made sure everything went off without a hitch.We truly would have been unable to host the event without your support. A sincere thank you to Carey Talucci and Carey’s Fine Foods for providing an array of delicious and plentiful desserts! Thank you to Select Event Rentals for their donation of linens, tables and chairs. A heartfelt thanks goes out to The Food Market and their servers — they all did a great job!

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A special thank you to our sponsors:


  • The Wine Source


  • Select Event Rentals
  • The Food Market


  • PJ Bogert Graphic Design
  • Carey’s Fine Foods


  • First Floor Graphics
  • MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
  • IronRisk Strategies
  • The Strott Family


  • Nyquist
  • JJ McDonnell
  • Potter & Parsons


Christmas Party 2012

The Family Center is very grateful to the Hampden Family Center community for their generosity and support over the holidays. A heartfelt thank you to all the individuals and businesses who donated children's toys for the annual Christmas party. Special thanks to Avenue Antiques, T. Rowe Price, and Calvert School for collecting gifts on our behalf, and to MedStar Union Memorial Hospital nursing staff for donating toys for the Christmas party, and Ravens Roost #110 for wrapping and helping to set up for the party.

Our Christmas party was a tremendous success thanks to our many volunteers and those who donated goods and services. Thank you to the following sponsors for the their support of the holiday party: Avenue Antiques, Baltimore Community Foundation, Baltimore Orioles, Boys' Latin School Ice Hockey Team, Dennis Byrnes, Calvert School, ECCO, Johns Hopkins Choral Society, Falkenhan’s Hardware, Geoff Harris, Sherri Mahan, Cardiac Evaluation Unit nurses at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Ravens Roost #110, Jim Sandusky, Alice Smith, St. David’s Church Youth Group, T. Rowe Price, The Food Market, The Wine Source, UTZ Quality Foods, and Zissimos Bar.

And to all the generous folks of the Hampden Family Center community.

We could not have done it without you! Your generosity and thoughtfulness touched many children and is making for a very festive holiday season. The outpouring of generosity has been overwhelming and the Family Center is very grateful to you for helping us to make the holidays bright!

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