Who Benefits from Mardi Gras?
The Frederick Woman’s Civic Club has served the community for over 105 years. For 55 years, the Mardi Gras Ball has help raise funds to support local non-profits, college scholarships, and preserve Historic Steiner House for future generations.
Each year, part of the money raised at Mardi Gras goes directly to non-profits that serve the Frederick community. This year the recipient is the Frederick Memorial Hospital, James M. Stockman Cancer Center of Frederick County. Frederick Regional Health System is expanding its award-winning oncology program into a fully integrated, comprehensive cancer care center that will be known as the James M. Stockman Cancer Institute and will be located on the hospital’s Rose Hill campus.
The James M. Stockman Cancer Institute is fast becoming a reality. With a beautifully and carefully designed environment to promote healing and relaxation, this new facility will have ample space to accommodate our patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to care.
The 2016 recipient was Faith House, A Place for Homeless Women and Children.
Here is how the selection process works. First, the Mardi Gras committee considers many worthy non-profit organizations from Frederick County and asks them to apply for a grant. A selection committee meets to consider the submitted proposals and vote. The organizations selected and FWCC partner to raise awareness about the work done by the recipient. Representatives of the non-profits, including people served by it, are recognized and honored at our annual fundraising event.
Other proceeds from the event also go to the club’s community service programs. Over the years, the program chairs have designated these funds to benefit non-profits that fall within the arts, conservation, education, home life, international outreach, public issues, and domestic violence. Proceeds also support the preservation and maintenance of historic Steiner House.
Here is a partial list of the non-profits that have benefited from the funds raised through past Mardi Gras:
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Frederick County
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation
- Citizens Nursing Home
- Daybreak Adult Day Services
- Frederick Community College History Scholarship
- Frederick Memorial Hospital
- Frederick Rescue Mission
- Girls’ State
- Heartly House
- Heifer International
- Hospice of Frederick County
- Lincoln Elementary School
- Maryland Sheriff’s Youth Ranch
- Mission of Mercy
- Salvation Army
- Support for Members of America’s Military serving in Afghanistan and Iraq
- Weinberg Center for the Arts
- YMCA of Frederick