Thank you to all who attended our 10th Annual Party For A Cure Gala at Turf Valley Resort on Friday, June 15th. This year we raised $130,000 to support individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and other life threatening diseases that limit strength and mobility. We greatly appreciate all of the support that helped us surpass our goal of beating last years donations. Please enjoy these photos from the event, taken by Lindsay Archer from Lindsay Archer Photography.

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Our 10th Annual Party For A Cure raised in excess of $120,000 to help children and adults with muscle wasting diseases that live in Maryland. Party For A Cure Corporation is excited to announce that we received our 501(3)c non-profit status just in time for our 10th Annual Party For A Cure gala.  As such, we now can make direct contributions to children and adults (and their families)  to help with quality of life issues, such as home access, home repairs, new medical equipment and repairs, transportation needs, service dogs, and much more.  This is in addition to supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Baltimore’s Summer Camp and medical research overall.  We would be remiss not to thank Jennifer Gilbert, News Anchor for Fox 45 news, for all her support over the last nine years as our emcee, capturing great press for our cause as well.  She was unable to emcee for our 10th Annual Gala.  Bruce Cunningham, our own Fox 45 News Anchor and “Voice of the Ravens,” happily stepped in for Jennifer Gilbert this year.  He, too, knows many of the families who attend and volunteer who have children afflicted with neuro-muscular diseases because of his long-time support of Jerry Lewis’ Telethon and the Muscular Dystrophy’s summer camp. In addition to what we raised, over $175,000 of time, material and labor were donated by stellar construction companies and vendors to correct access issues to the Fallon’s home, many of whom attended the gala.

June 3, 2016 – Ellicott City, MD

The Barbour Group Co-Hosts Gala to Improve Lives for MDA Children and Families

More than 180 guests at Turf Valley in Ellicott City to support the 8th Annual Party for a Cure to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Maryland. The event raised an amazing $160,000 that will directly help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility live longer and grow stronger.

Gina Clark, Director of Business Development of MDA said, “We are extremely grateful to have the support of The Barbour Group, Gaines and Company, Vardavas & Concannon and all of their friends, family members and business associates. It is with their generosity that we will be able to empower MDA families with life-enhancing resources and support that open new possibilities and maximize independence so they can experience the world without any limits.


ABOUT MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org.

June 3, 2015 – Westminster, MD

The Barbour Group, Medifast, Vardavas & Concannon, and Gaines and Company, Inc. Team Up to Raise Money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

7th annual Party for a Cure event was a major success by raising $125,808 for MDA

The Barbour Group, a surety bond and commercial insurance agency known for its passionate approach to delivering bonding solutions to construction firms and government contractors, Gaines and Company, a top ranked underground utility contractor operating in Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, Vardavas & Concannon, a full service accounting firm, and Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading manufacturer of easy-to-use, clinically proven, portion-controlled weight-loss programs, co-hosted the 7th annual Party for a Cure event Wednesday, June 3, 2015 held at the L’Hirondelle Country Club of Ruxton.

Event attendees enjoyed live entertainment by Jeff Harding, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a heartfelt presentation of gratitude by MDA Goodwill Ambassador Hannah Fallon. Dr. Charlotte Sumner of Johns Hopkins Hospital provided the keynote and remarked on clinical research efforts which aim to eradicate neuromuscular disease. The gala was emceed by Jennifer Gilbert, evening news anchor for Fox 45 News.

Through the event and the silent auction, the 7th annual Party for the Cure, raised the bar this year, donating over $125,808 to MDA. MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research as well as providing comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

All of the proceeds will be used to provide hundreds of local children with the opportunity to attend MDA summer camp, which is a specially designed place created for young people who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs to participate in a wide range of activities, receive medical care at the MDA’s clinic at Johns Hopkins, have repairs made to their durable medical equipment and most importantly allow MDA to continue to fund vital research to find a cure.

At this year’s event, Hannah Fallon, MDA’s Goodwill Ambassador, expressed it best when she said that at camp she forgets the barriers of her disability and feels in-place with other children that look like her. The burden with growing up with a physical disability and being noticeably different disappears at camp. “Thanks again for giving these kids an opportunity to create lasting memories and experiences that change the course of their lives. I know it has changed mine,” said Karen Barbour.


About MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org.

June 10, 2013 – Westminster, MD

The Barbour Group, Medifast and Gaines and Company, Inc. Team Up to Raise Money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

5th annual Party for a Cure event was a major success by raising $87,260 for MDA

The Barbour Group, a surety bond and commercial insurance agency known for its passionate approach to delivering bonding solutions to construction firms and government contractors, Gaines and Company, a top ranked underground utility contractor operating in Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, and Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading manufacturer of easy-to-use, clinically proven, portion-controlled weight-loss programs, co-hosted the 5th annual Party for a Cure event Wednesday, June 5, 2013 held at the L’Hirondelle Country Club of Ruxton.

Event attendees enjoyed live entertainment by Jeff Harding, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a heartfelt presentation of gratitude by MDA Goodwill Ambassador Hannah Fallon. Dr. Thomas Crawford, Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatricsand co-director of the MDA clinic at Johns Hopkins, provided the keynote and remarked on clinical research efforts which aim to eradicate neuromuscular disease. The gala was emceed by Jennifer Gilbert, evening news anchor for Fox 45 News.

Through the event and the silent auction, the 5th annual Party for the Cure, raised the bar this year, donating over $87,000 to MDA. MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research as well as providing comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

All of the proceeds will be used to provide hundreds of local children with the opportunity to attend MDA summer camp, which is a specially designed place created for young people who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs to participate in a wide range of activities, receive medical care at the MDA’s clinic at Johns Hopkins, have repairs made to their durable medical equipment and most importantly allow MDA to continue to fund vital research to find a cure.

At this year’s event, Hannah Fallon, MDA’s Goodwill Ambassador, expressed it best when she said that at camp she forgets the barriers of her disability and feels in-place with other children that look like her. The burden with growing up with a physical disability and being noticeably different disappears at camp. “Thanks again for giving these kids an opportunity to create lasting memories and experiences that change the course of their lives. I know it has changed mine,” said Karen Barbour.


About MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit www.mda.org and follow us at www.facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews.

June 8, 2012 – Westminster, MD

The Barbour Group, Gaines and Company, Inc. and LAI Construction Services, Inc. Team Up to Raise Money for the Muscular Dystophy Association (MDA)

4th Annual Party for a Cure event was a major success by raising $75,104 for MDA

The Barbour Group, LLC, a surety bond and commercial insurance agency known for its passionate approach to delivering bonding solutions to construction firms and government contractors, Gaines and Company, a top ranked underground utility contractor operating in Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, and LAI Construction Services, Inc., a commercial general construction firm serving the Baltimore and DC metro area, co-hosted the 4th annual Party for a Cure event Thursday, June 7, 2012 held at the Engineer’s Club in Baltimore.

Event attendees enjoyed live entertainment by Jeff Harding, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a performance by Harlem Globetrotter Choo Smith, and a heartfelt presentation of gratitude by MDA Goodwill Ambassadors Hannah Fallon, Hunter Field, Darren Guest and Naomi Hess. Dr. Thomas Crawford, Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and co-director of the MDA clinic at Johns Hopkins, provided the keynote and remarked on the significant progress made toward eradicating neuromuscular disease. The gala was emceed by Jennifer Gilbert, evening news anchor for Fox 45 News.

Through the event and silent auction, the 4th annual Party for a Cure, raised the bar this year, donating over $75,000 to MDA. MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research as well as providing comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

All of the proceeds will be used to provide hundreds of local children with the opportunity to attend MDA summer camp, which is a specially designed place created for young people who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs to participate in a wide range of activities, receive medical care at the MDA’s clinic at Johns Hopkins, have repairs made to their durable medical equipment and most importantly allow MDA to continue to fund vital research to find a cure.

“For these children, one frustrating aspect of growing up with a physical disability is being noticeably different from their peers, trying to “fit in” in a world that seams to have been designed for everyone else.” said Karen Barbour, President of The Barbour Group. “At  MDA camp, children are often pleasantly surprised to discover that not only is there a world that’s been created especially for kids with neuromuscular diseases, but also that there are other kids in that world. Thanks again for giving these kids an opportunity to create lasting memories and experiences that change the course of their lives.”


About Gaines & Company, Inc.

Gaines & Company, Inc., located in Reisterstown, Maryland, and Knightdale, North Carolina, is a top ranked underground utility contractor providing its customers with exceptional work in Maryland and North Carolina. Gaines strives to give every project and every customer the highest focus by completing each and every job on budget and ahead of schedule as well as offering many valuable engineering ideas. For more information, call (410)833-9833 or visit Gaines & Company, Inc. online at www.gainesandco.com.

June 3, 2011 – Westminster, MD

The Barbour Group, Gaines and Company, Inc. and 24/7 Fiber Network Team Up to Raise Money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

3rd annual Party for a Cure event was a major success by raising $65,000 for MDA

The Barbour Group, a woman-owned surety bond brokerage based in Maryland, Gaines and Company, a top ranked underground utility contractor providing its customers with exceptional work in Maryland and North Carolina, and 24/7 Fiber Network, a privately held, Baltimore-Washington, DC metro area, dark fiber provider, co-hosted the 3rd annual Party for a Cure event Thursday, June 2, 2011 held at the Engineer’s Club in Baltimore. Event attendees, enjoyed live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and spirits. Through the event and the silent auction, the 3rd annual Party for the Cure, raised the bar this year, donating $65,000 to MDA. MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research as well as providing comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

“We had a wonderful turn out at our 3rd annual Party for a Cure event and it was a great honor to have an opportunity to interact with the families, whose children have benefited from MDA’s efforts,” said Karen Barbour, President of The Barbour Group. “The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a dynamic organization, whose mission means a great deal to me. Every year they make tremendous strides in their research and their initiatives for those who are dealing with Muscular Dystrophy. Both myself and our fellow sponsors truly appreciate the response and support we have received this year.”

All of the proceeds will be used to provide hundreds of local children with the opportunity to attend MDA summer camp, which is a specially designed place, created for young people who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs to participate in a wide range of activities, receive medical care at the MDA’s clinic at Johns Hopkins, have repairs made to their durable medical equipment and most importantly allow MDA to continue to fund vital research to find a cure.


About Gaines & Company, Inc.

Gaines & Company, Inc., located in Reisterstown, Maryland, and Knightdale, North Carolina, is a top ranked underground utility contractor providing its customers with exceptional work in Maryland and North Carolina. Gaines strives to give every project and every customer the highest focus by completing each and every job on budget and ahead of schedule as well as offering many valuable engineering ideas. For more information, call (410)833-9833 or visit Gaines & Company, Inc. online at www.gainesandco.com.

May 27, 2010 – Baltimore, MD

Party for a Cure Raises Funds to Find a Cure

Karen Barbour of The Barbour Group, Lee and Myrt Gaines of Gaines and Company, Inc and Glenn Little of Suffolk Construction all came together to sponsor the Second Annual Party for a Cure, held at the historic Engineer’s Club to benefit  the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).   Jennifer Gilbert of Fox 45 News emceed the event and Naomi Hess – a local MDA child battling Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD), spoke and thanked the three event sponsors and their guests for their support.

Karen Barbour began Party for a Cure in 2009 along with Lee Gains of Gaines and Company, Inc. in hopes of helping in the fight again neuromuscular diseases.  Because of the tremendous support from the event sponsors and their hard work, Party for a Cure, raised over $35,000 this year for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the local families they serve.

Funds raised by the event will support local health care services such as clinical care, support groups, research, repair of medical equipment and providing a week‐long session of summer camp for children age 6 to 17.


About MDA

MDA is a national voluntary health agency aimed at conquering 43 neuromuscular diseases that affect over a million Americans. MDA combats these diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive local services and far‐reaching professional and public health education. MDA seeks no government grants, United Way funds or fees from patients or their families – enabling those receiving aid from the organization to do so free of charge. For more information about MDA or its programs visit www.mda.org.

May 20, 2009 – Baltimore, MD

The Barbour Group, LLC Partners With Gaines and Company, Inc. to Host a Fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Karen Barbour of The Barbour Group, LLC and Lee Gaines of Gaines and Company, Inc. hosted the 2009 Party for a Cure to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) on Friday, May 15. This gala event held at the Garrett‐Jacobs Mansion in Baltimore was designed to raise funds to help send children with muscular dystrophy to MDA Camp this summer.

MDA Camp provides a wide range of activities especially designed for young people who have limited mobility. Party for a Cure raised $17,000 which will be used to send 19 children to camp. Along with MDA camp, the MDA which is dedicated to the eradication of 43 neuromuscular diseases, provides help and hope to families through clinics, financial assistance, support groups, health education and advocacy programs.

The MDA is a voluntary national health agency and depends on support from the community to help fund research aimed at identifying the causes and cures for neuromuscular diseases. The silent auction and private donations contributed to the success of the Party for a Cure. In addition to hosting the event, The Barbour Group and Gaines and Company, Inc. were also generous sponsors. Other sponsors included Executive Insurance Benefits, LLC, Stella May Contracting, Inc., International Fidelity Insurance Corporation, Law Offices of Morgan Carlo Downs & Everton, P.A., Koch Homes, Lakeshore Group, Profast Commercial Flooring, Nascar, Beechfield Landscaping, Inc., Baltimore Sound Engineering, Inc., Xcel Construction Services, Inc., Maryland Washington Minority Contractors Association, Info Pathways, Paragon Insurance Service, Inc., Chereco Co., Inc., and Law Offices of McManus, Schor, Asmar and Darden LLP.

MDA Director, Gina Clark, said “The MDA and the families we serve are so grateful for the generosity and support of The Barbour Group and Gaines and Company…money raised from the Party for a Cure will be spent locally for area children and adults that suffer from one of the 43 neuromuscular diseases that the Muscular Dystrophy Association covers” She and the children can’t wait for the second annual Party for a Cure.

Everyone in attendance had a great time at the event. The food and entertainment were first class as promised, and one attendee commented that he was “happy to have the chance to be part of such an important event. It is hard to think of a more worthy cause.”