Mid-Shore Foundation Sets Up Fund for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

In response to the catastrophic damage caused by the Hurricanes, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation has expanded its disaster relief efforts.

The Directors of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation have established a Hurricane Relief Fund to provide disaster relief to the victims of the recent Hurricanes.  The first $5,000 in contributions will be matched by the Founder’s Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

All donations to the Fund will support relief and recovery efforts in the devastated areas.  The funds will be directed to Community Foundations, serving the areas of devastation, to provide immediate and long-term assistance.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax deductible.  To donate, make checks payable/mail to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MEMO: Hurricane Relief Fund), 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601 or donate online at www.mscf.org/hurricane-relief-fund.  For instructions on how to transfer assets (cash or stock), please contact the Foundation at (410)820-8175.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax deductible. Donations may be made online at https://www.mscf.org/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/. Checks should be made payable/mailed to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MEMO: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund), 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601. You may also transfer assets or make a grant from a Donor Advised Fund.



Fryling Estate Establishes $3 Million Fund at Community Foundation

The Mid Shore Community Foundation has announced a bequest from the estate of John and Charlotte Fryling of approximately $3.4 million to establish a donor-advised fund at the Foundation for the benefit of the Mid-Shore community.  The Frylings moved to Easton in 1993 from Arlington, Virginia to continue their shared passion for sailing the Chesapeake Bay.  They continued to sail until John’s 12 year battle with multiple myeloma made that impossible.  John Fryling passed away in 2011 and his wife of 33 years, Charlotte, died of complications from Multiple Sclerosis in 2016.

John Fryling, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, grew up in Upstate New York.  He was active in scouting and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After two years of service in the U.S. Army at the White Sands Missile Range, he eventually established his own firm in Arlington, Virginia, Fryling Technical Services, Inc., focusing on underwater acoustic equipment.

Charlotte Fryling was a native of Richmond, Virginia.   After graduating from Western Maryland College in 1966 with a degree in biology, she pursued a career as a biologist and worked for many years in cancer research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

After their marriage in 1978, The Frylings enjoyed skiing together throughout the West and sailing in the summers. Together they sailed the entire length of the Atlantic Coast, the Caribbean, and the Chesapeake Bay.

Buck Duncan, president of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, noted the significance of this bequest: “Through the establishment of this very generous endowment at MSCF, John and Charlotte Fryling have significantly expanded the grant-making capacity of the Foundation to support this community in perpetuity.  We are very fortunate that their love of sailing brought them to this community and that they left a legacy that will forever enrich the Mid-Shore.”

For more information on the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, visit www.mscf.org

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation

Jeffrey Parker, MSO Vice President; Buck Duncan, MSCF President; Valerie Mazur, MSO Easton Area Vice President and Julien Benichou, MSO Music Director

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Fund, a designated endowment fund at the Foundation.

The Fund will be administered as an endowment to support and ensure the long-term growth of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.  Distributions from the Fund will help support music enrichment programs for youth and other needs of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.  Charitable contributions to the Fund are encouraged and may be directed to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation in support of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Fund.

Established in 1997 and now celebrating its 20th year, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves the Mid-Atlantic Region through the performance and educational outreach of classical music.

Under the artistic direction of Maestro Julien Benichou, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra performs an annual season of concerts throughout the Delmarva area, as well as, two holiday events – The Holiday Joy Concert at the Avalon Theatre and the New Year’s Eve Concert at the Christ Church in Easton.  Performances include a vast repertoire of classical and modern compositions and feature world-class guest soloists, making the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra an integral part of the cultural life in communities where it performs.

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to perform on April 27, 29 and 30, in Easton, Ocean View and Ocean Pines.  Additional information regarding the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and its performance schedule is available on its website, www.MidAtlanticSymphony.org.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that serves both donors and nonprofits in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.  Together with its donors, the Foundation makes grants, awards scholarships and leads community efforts to improve the quality of life on the Mid-Shore.  For additional  information, visit www.Mscf.org.

The Caroline Foundation Accepting Grant Requests

The Caroline Foundation, in partnership with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, invites organizations that provide medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County, Maryland to apply for FY2018 grant funding.

Applicants must be nonprofit corporations with IRS tax-exempt status or government-related entities. Applications are online at www.mscf.org/caroline-foundation. The deadline for submission of FY2018 grant applications is midnight, July 1, 2017.

Grant decisions and distributions will be made in October, 2017. The Caroline Foundation retains the right to accept or reject applications, suggest changes, and support grant requests in full, in part, or not at all.

Organizations that would like additional information should contact Buck Duncan at the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, The Bullitt House, 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601, (410) 820-8175, www.Mscf.org.

New Career and Technology Scholarships Available

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Mr. Haines Holt and some of the 2016 Roberta B. Holt and Roberta B. Holt Trades Scholarship Recipients (Joniya Copper, Madison Bee, Hunter Joseph, Priya Patel, JamieHetrick).

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation has announced new scholarship opportunities for the 2017/18 Academic Year.  Thanks to generous donors, Career and Technology Scholarships are now available to students in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.  Area students planning for career and technology fields are invited to apply.  Applications must be completed online at www.mscf.org and the submission deadline is March 31, 2017.  For additional information contact the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, The Bullitt House, 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601, (410) 820-8175.

MSCF Announces 2017 Scholarship Program

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 Scholarship Program.  Scholarships are available to students in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.  Scholarships are awarded based upon financial need, academic achievement and community service.  Students must plan to attend a 2 or 4-year college/university or vocational/technical program, as a full-time student.


2016 Austin & Martha Steele Scholarship Recipients (Grace Kulp, Mackenzie Poust, Patrick Geleta, Emma Murray and Zachary Kirby).

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is proud to have one of the largest scholarships programs in the region.  In 2016, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation awarded over $528,000 in scholarships and this year, increased funding is available to Mid-Shore Students.

Applications are available online at http://www.mscf.org/scholarships/ and are due February 1, 2017 for students wishing to apply.

Caroline Foundation Signs Management Agreement with Mid-Shore Community Foundation

In July of 2016, the boards of the Caroline Foundation and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF) entered into a management agreement that will significantly expand support for the charitable organizations providing medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County.

Under the direction of the Caroline Foundation Board, the Caroline Nursing Home and the Gables were sold to a privately owned company specializing in health management.  All proceeds from the sale are owned and invested by the Caroline Foundation, to be distributed as grants to charitable organizations that provide medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County, Maryland.


Caroline Foundation Directors and Caroline Hospice Representatives.

Terry Mead, President of the Caroline Foundation Board of Directors, noted that the Board wanted to minimize overhead costs for the Caroline Foundation while taking advantage of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation’s not-for-profit expertise.  MSCF will provide accounting services, marketing support and will manage the grantmaking process on behalf of the Caroline Foundation.

Buck Duncan, President of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, expressed excitement about the new collaboration – the first of its kind for MSCF.  “A new and substantial capacity for charitable support has been created for Caroline County and we are very pleased that the Caroline Foundation has partnered with MSCF. Through this collaboration, we are able to minimize administrative expenses, making every possible dollar of this resource available for grants to charities.”

In October, the Caroline Foundation made its first grants, $100,000 to Caroline Hospice Foundation for patient services and $9,000 to Caroline County Family YMCA for a Diabetes Prevention Program.

The Caroline Foundation will seek out opportunities for matching grants to further leverage these resources and invite donors to consider additional gifts to the Foundation.

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for grants from the Caroline Foundation can find the application online at mscf.org/caroline-foundation. The deadline for the Caroline Foundation’s next grants cycle is July 1, 2017.  For additional information, contact the Mid-Shore Community Foundation at (410) 820-8175.

Spectacular Train Exhibit Opens in St. Michaels

A spectacular train exhibit opens in St. Michaels today, November 25 at 933 S. Talbot Street, Unit 11. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is provided by the David Adam Vail Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity under the umbrella of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. The exhibit is free, but donations to the David Adam Vail Cancer Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

train-exhibit-featured-imageThe train exhibit is provided by James and Susan Vail of Easton. Seven years ago, their son, David Adam, age 27, was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer. After a long and courageous struggle with the disease, supported by his parents and two sisters, Courtney and Heather, he passed away on July 1 of this year. The family has established the David Adam Vail Cancer Foundation to raise money to fund research into the management of pain and palliative care in cancer patients, with an emphasis on pediatric diagnoses—and to honor their beloved son and brother.

The train exhibit is the first major project of the Foundation. James Vail has collected model trains since he received his first Lionel train set on Christmas Day in 1952. This exhibit displays his extensive collection. After the three-day opening, November 25 – 27, the exhibit will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, December 1 – 4, 8 – 11 and 15 – 18. The final two days will be December 22 and 23. Families are encouraged to visit the free exhibit and to make a donation to the Foundation.

The David Adam Vail Cancer Foundation supports the work and research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City, where specialists are pioneering research in enhancing cancer treatment for children. More information about the Foundation is available on the Mid-Shore Community Foundation website, www.mscf.org, or by calling 410-820-8175.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation Appoints Six new Directors

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation announces the appointment of six new directors: Ed Allen, Joe Anthony, David DeLuca, Sandy McAllister, Barbara Viniar and Arraminta Ware. The new members have diverse backgrounds and their collective experience and knowledge will be invaluable assets to the Foundation.

Ed Allen is the Chief Financial Officer of Shore United Bank and Shore Bancshares, Inc. Ed resides in Queen Anne’s County and serves as the Vice Chair of Compass Regional Hospice.

Ed Allen







Joe Anthony is an experienced CPA in Easton, Maryland. Joe is a returning Board Member and Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committees.

Joe Anthony

Joe Anthony








David DeLuca is a longtime Dorchester County resident and is the owner of Delco Packaging Products, Inc. in Hurlock, Maryland. David is actively involved with Habitat for Humanity Choptank and the Dorchester County YMCA.

David DeLuca

David DeLuca








Sandy McAllister, a returning Board Member and Dorchester County native, is an attorney with McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker. Sandy is an avid lacrosse player and is actively involved in the community.

Sandy McAllister

Sandy McAllister







Barbara Viniar is the President of Chesapeake College and represents the five counties served by the Foundation. Barbara is a returning Board Member and is very active on the Grants Committee.

Barbara Viniar

Barbara Viniar










Arraminta Ware, a Queen Anne’s County Native, is a CPA with Anthony, Judge & Ware in Chestertown, Maryland. Arraminta is a welcome addition to the Board and the Nominating Committee.

Arraminta Ware,

Arraminta Ware









The Foundation is honored to have the leadership and guidance of these individuals who will assist the Foundation in its’ mission to improve the quality of life for citizens on the Mid-Shore. For information about the Mid-Shore Community Foundation visit www.mscf.org.

Community Foundation Awards Grants

Grants Breakfast

Grants Breakfast

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation has announced the results of its recent grant cycle, in which the Foundation awarded $435,098 to local nonprofit organizations.

On Friday, June 10, 2016, representatives from the 42 recipient organizations, along with the Foundation’s Directors, gathered for breakfast at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland.

Moorhead Vermilye, Chairman of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, welcomed guests and presented the grant awards to the following organizations.

Bridges at Worthmore, Brown Box Theatre Project,  Cambridge South Dorchester High School, Caroline County Public Library, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Chesapeake College Foundation, Chesapeake Music, Chestertown RiverArts, Church Hill Theatre, Compass Regional Hospice, Dorchester Center for the Arts, Easton Choral Arts Society, Echo Hill Outdoor School, Freedom Rowers, Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s, IRONClub of Maryland, Kent Association of Riding Therapy, Kent Massive, Mid-Shore Early Learning Center, Midshore Riverkeepers, National Music Festival, Pickering Creek, Really Great Cats Rescue, Saint Martin’s Ministries, Shore Leadership, St. Michaels Community Center, STOP Bullying Talbot, Talbot Historical Society, Talbot Mentors, Talisman Therapeutic Riding, Aspen Institute, Gilbert Byron Society, Gunston School, Humane Society of Kent County, UM Shore Regional Health, United Charitable Programs, Upper Shore Aging, Washington College, Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church, Wye River Upper School and YMCA of the Chesapeake.

Following the grants presentation, Dick Van Gelder, organizational consultant and motivational speaker, addressed the group with an interesting and entertaining presentation about awareness and change.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation makes numerous charitable distributions each year.  Grants are recommended by fund advisors and are awarded through the Foundation’s committee structure.  Grants are made for a wide range of worthy projects and causes.  In FY 2016, the Foundation provided, $3 million in grants to organizations in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is now seeking grant applications from eligible non-profit organizations for its Fall 2016 grant cycle with the deadline for submission is October 1, 2016.  Grant applications can be downloaded and submitted online at www.mscf.org.