The Gilchrist Hospice’s St. Paddy’s Day Bash is a magnificent fundraiser event held annually on St. Patrick’s Day in hopes to raise funds for the Paul J. Kelley Jr. Charitable Foundation, Inc. The foundation raises awareness for Gilchrist Center Howard County in Columbia, MD. Gilchrist Hospice Care says that “They provide end-of-life care by offering the greatest services people and resources and they foster hope healing and respect.”


This year, the fundraiser was held at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, MD. To honor Paul J, Kelley Jr. and continue his spirit of service, Paul’s family and friends have established the Paul J. Kelley Jr. Charitable Foundation, Inc. in his honor. The purpose of the foundation is to raise funds for organizations that Paul supported.


The evening was filled with fun, food, drinks, music, dancing, and most importantly, lots of laughter in Paul’s honor while raising much-needed funds.


Every year, we at Putting on the Ritz are honored to work with the Gilchrist Hospice to create a delicious menu that highlights the theme of this reception-style event and Ten Oaks Ballroom. This year’s menu included:

  • Fresh Market Display with Hot Artichoke Dip
  • Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich Station: an assortment of petite-sized servings of Cheddar with Apples, Brie with Pears, Asiago on Flat Bread, and Shooters of Tomato Basil Cream Soup
  • Mini Crab Cake & Mini Burger Station: served with Chipotle Mayo, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Cilantro Cream, Thousand Island Dressing, Sliced Cherry Tomatoes, Leaf Lettuce, and Diced Onions Poached in Red Wine
  • Irish Carving Station: Mixed Field Green Salad, Warm Ciabatta Rolls, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Hand Carved Roasted Turkey Breast

The night concluded with a FUN Ice Cream Sundae Bar! Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream with Whipped Cream, Hot Fudge and an assortment of Candy, Cookie, and Fruit toppings.




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Putting on the Ritz Catering Representative: Stephanie Le-