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SBLC Gala raises nearly $90K to support adult literacy programs

From left, Evan Taylor, a banking officer with M&T Bank; Sharon Flagler, SBLC board treasurer and group vice president at M&T Bank; Grant W. Flagler, an energy analyst with Con Edison Energy; and Kylie High, a student at Temple University, were on hand for the SBLC gala. (Photo by Tracey Brown)

From left, Evan Taylor, a banking officer with M&T Bank; Sharon Flagler, SBLC board treasurer and group vice president at M&T Bank; Grant W. Flagler, an energy analyst with Con Edison Energy; and Kylie High, a student at Temple University, were on hand for the SBLC gala. (Photo by Tracey Brown)

Andrea Griesmar, SBLC board chair and senior vice president with Brightview Senior Living, gets a photo with James Palermo, SBLC board member and vice president of wealth management  with PNC Bank. (Photo by Tracey Brown)

Andrea Griesmar, SBLC board chair and senior vice president with Brightview Senior Living, gets a photo with James Palermo, SBLC board member and vice president of wealth management with PNC Bank. (Photo by Tracey Brown)

From left, Shannon Taurozzi, a behavior analyst with Trellis Services; John Taurozzi, an accountant with STX; Diane Vance, program manager with the Department of Defense; Wayne Vance, vice president of accounting and finance with STX; Tammy Walters, credit and collections manager with STX; and Charles Simms, an IT specialist with the federal government, enjoyed the SBLC gala. (Photo by Tracey Brown)

From left, Shannon Taurozzi, a behavior analyst with Trellis Services; John Taurozzi, an accountant with STX; Diane Vance, program manager with the Department of Defense; Wayne Vance, vice president of accounting and finance with STX; Tammy Walters, credit and collections manager with STX; and Charles Simms, an IT specialist with the federal government, enjoyed the SBLC gala. (Photo by Tracey Brown)

From left, Damion Cooper, founder and executive director of Project Pneuma; Chanel Rhoads-Reed, external affairs manager wih BGE; and Robert Matthews, director of human resources with BGE, take tie for a photo at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. (Photo by Tracey Brown)

From left, Damion Cooper, founder and executive director of Project Pneuma; Chanel Rhoads-Reed, external affairs manager wih BGE; and Robert Matthews, director of human resources with BGE, take tie for a photo at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. (Photo by Tracey Brown)

Vytas Reid, chief meteorologist with WBFF-TV, channel 45, spends time with Paula Bell, a former special assets relationship liaison III with M&T Bank, during the SBLC gala. Reid was the master of ceremonies for the fundraising event. (Photo by Tracey Brown)

Vytas Reid, chief meteorologist with WBFF-TV, channel 45, spends time with Paula Bell, a former special assets relationship liaison III with M&T Bank, during the SBLC gala. Reid was the master of ceremonies for the fundraising event. (Photo by Tracey Brown)

Nearly 400 guests attended the South Baltimore Learning Center’s annual gala April 13 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, raising nearly $90,000 for its adult literacy programs.

Guests enjoyed live music by Advanced Party Solutions, a photo booth, raffle showcase, a video and more. Dinner featured food stations with fare from Baltimore restaurants including DiPasquale’s Italian Market, Germano’s Piattini, Great American Cookie, MaGerk’s, Matsuri, Roma Sausage, Row House and United Shell Fish.

The theme of the gala was “The Stars Among Us,” which saluted SBLC’s learners, volunteers, staff and supporters. Mary Carol Ceselsky and Hailee Griesmar co-chaired the gala while Vytas Reid, chief meteorologist for WBFF-TV, channel 45 served as master of ceremonies.

A showcase raffle featured vacation packages around the themes Charm City Chic, Fun in the SUNshine State, New York, New York and La Ville Lumière, Paris, City of Light.

M&T Bank was the presenting sponsor of the event.

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