Gilchrist offers a number of signature and remembrance events throughout the year for families, supporters and the general community. For information about our upcoming fundraising, grief support, and training events, view our calendar of events. Or if you are only interested in our grief support groups and workshops, please download our September – January grief calendar.
Signature and Remembrance Events
The Holly Ball
The Holly Ball is a beautiful and festive evening benefiting Gilchrist Hospice Care. This biennial event celebrates Gilchrist and features fine dining, dancing and mingling with friends, both old and new. Visit our Holly Ball page for more information.
Taste of Howard County
Gilchrist’s annual Taste of Howard County features sweet and savory creations from more than 20 of Howard County’s premier restaurateurs and caterers, as well as a cash raffle and a live and silent auction. Proceeds benefit Gilchrist Center Howard County, our 10-bed acute inpatient center in Columbia.
View our Taste of Howard County page for information on our upcoming event.
Baltimore Running Festival
Each year, a team of Gilchrist and GBMC runners and volunteers participate in the Baltimore Running Festival to benefit Gilchrist Center Baltimore. There are four races—a 5k, marathon relay, half-marathon and full marathon. Also, each participant sets a fundraising goal.
View our Baltimore Running Festival page for information on the upcoming event.
Spring Jazz Brunch
The annual Jazz brunch is a lovely morning of delicious food and drinks, great music and stories about Gilchrist Center Baltimore’s 30-plus years of service.
View our Jazz Brunch page for information on our upcoming event.
Steps of Hope
Gilchrist’s annual Steps of Hope Tribute Walk and Butterfly Release is held at Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore County. Attendees take a contemplative tribute walk through the beautiful park, with photos of their loved ones lining the path. Then, in a moving ceremony, names of loved ones are read, followed by the release of over 100 butterflies.
View our Steps of Hope page for event information.
Twilight in the Woods
Twilight in the Woods, held each year in Howard County, honors those we have loved and lost. This outdoor event not only provides a time for reflection, but also culminates with the lighting of luminaries, which embraces attendees in a warm, meaningful glow.
View our Twilight in the Woods page for information on our upcoming event.
This one-day seminar, held in the fall, is designed to help those who are grieving learn new coping skills, understand their feelings and come away with a renewed sense of hope for the future. Also, the event includes a keynote speaker, workshops and an endnote speaker.
View our Wellness Day page for more information on the upcoming event.
Pediatric Memorial Service
Held annually each spring, the pediatric memorial service offers a gentle remembrance and celebration of the lives of children who have died during the past few years— both those cared for through the Gilchrist Kids pediatric hospice program and children of families in the community who have sought Gilchrist’s Counseling & Support services. The beautiful service features readings, musical selections and a photo tribute.