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Host spotlight: The Children's Home.

While cynics debate the merits of "safe space," The Children's Home is providing much needed shelter, respite and necessary care for our most vulnerable citizens. Thanks to The Children's Home, children affected and displaced by trauma can enter a nonjudgmental safe space for healing and growth.

The Children's Home's Welcoming Sign

The Children’s Home flies under the radar for approximately 364 days a year. But on Friday, October 26, 2018, the Catonsville facility, which provides a safe haven for young people who have been the victims of abuse and neglect, will shine at its annual gala, Faces, held at the M&T Bank Stadium.

Flyer for FACES event with art motif

“Most of the time we’re quiet and tucked away,” says Gail Lee, director of development for The Children’s Home. “Faces is our signature event to let people know we’re here.”

Residents at Children's Home walking through the woods

Guests will have the chance to listen to personal stories from residents in a special headphone-equipped “listening room,” and bid on artwork created by residents. Attendees will also be able to decorate journals for the young people at The Children’s Home to use in recording their life experiences.

Writing and art are components of the therapy offered by the 155-year-old organization, says Lee. “We provide a place where these children can feel safe and heal.”

More than half of Mixolo members have indicated their interest in giving and volunteering, and The Children’s Home gala is a chance to enjoy good food and company, while learning about the work of this important organization.

At the Faces gala, Mixolo guests will have a designated area in the stadium’s club lounge, so members can mix and mingle with other solos.

Mixolo has partnered with several organizations–including Piedmont Learning Center, an outdoor learning center dedicated to teaching children about environmental stewardship; and TasteWise Kids, a program that pairs schoolchildren with professional chefs who share lessons on healthy food prep.

As the season for galas and fundraisers moves into high gear, Mixolo is curating opportunities for members to give back while having fun. These events, which range from the immersive to just plain festive, are also a chance for you to learn about the good works of a myriad Maryland nonprofits, and about volunteer opportunities at some of these organizations.

We know that solos often opt out of black tie galas and fundraising events because they prefer to attend with a plus-one or a group. Let Mixolo be your group, and join us at our “table of ones.”

This year’s theme for the Faces gala is “My Story,” says Lee. In its 155-year history, The Children’s Home has many stories to tell. Click here and join Mixolo to hear them.

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