about south river federation

By: Maura Duffy

Thank you to everyone who attended the 10th Annual South River on the Half Shell live & silent auction! It was a spectacular event with record breaking attendance and an all-time high for item donations this year. Your combined support of our event made for "One Shell of a Party" and our best auction to date.

Highlights of the evening included Dr. Andrew Muller being presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award for his five years of technical advisory and services to the South River Federation. Erik Michelsen was presented with the South River Hero Award in appreciation of his service as Executive Director. The Don Riddle Corporate Stewardship award was presented to Holland & Knight for their legal assistance in the cleanup efforts of the Crownsville tire dump, the largest known tire dump in the state of Maryland.

A very large amount of people were involved in making this event a success and we would like to extend our gratitude to them. Thank you to our sponsors for their support of the event. Our Eagle Title sponsor this year was The Brick Companies. Other generous sponsors included: Sandy Spring Bank, BB & T Bank, Gwenn Azama & Owen Cook, John & Betty McElderry, Michael’s on the South River, Mike’s Crab House, Oak Grove Marina, Severn Savings Bank, Jean & Dale Legal, Cindy & Westbrook Murphy, Denis & Gayle Murray, The Cusack Family, Barry & Mary Gossett, Light Hall Building, Ltd., South River Boat Rentals, Annapolis Canoe & Kayak, Biohabitats, Annapolis Accounting, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, GreenVest, Joanne Decesaris, Chris Graae & Mary Kfoury, John Hepler & Heather McColl, Nancy & Herman Klin, Craig & Colleen Ligibel, Wine Cellars of Annapolis, Waterfront Marine, Family Veterinary Clinic, Chesapeake Legal Alliance, and Ginger Cove. Benefactors for the event included: Dave Aland, Will Baker, Janette & Sinclair Gearing, Marianne Smalley, Don Santa, Vicki & Mike Wallace, and David Wallace. Our honorary chairs for the event included: Lex Birney and Shelly Ford of The Brick Companies, Jamie Benoit and Chris Trumbauer of the Anne Arundel County Council, Gary Jobson, Tom Marquardt, and Delegate Heather Mizeur.

We’d also like to thank Brian & Kendra Riddle of Homestead Gardens, Palate Pleasers for catering the event, Cakes by Rachael for providing our beautiful Thomas Point Lighthouse cake, Joe Glumsic and Scott Hymes for live music, Roxane Castro for being our auctioneer, the U.S. Naval Academy Eagle Scout Midshipmen, and our other numerous volunteers.

Special thanks to Dale Legal, our auction committee chair, and everyone else on the auction committee: Gwenn Azama, Lee Ann Candon, Owen Cook, Jane Holly, Kevin Green, Bev Marcus, Denise Matteson, Lisa Michelsen, Paul Otto, and Ray Strong.