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Wednesday July 4, 2007
Restaurateurs to serve as gala’s co-chairs
Marty Madden - Calvert Independent Associate Editor

The 26th annual Cancer Crusade Celebration of Life Gala will be held Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Rod ‘N’ Reel in Chesapeake Beach. In selecting the honorary chairs for this year’s event, Mary and Gerald Donovan decided the best choice would be someone in their own profession.
Gerald Donovan credits wife Mary with convincing him that Phillip and Jeannie Stone, owners of Stoney’s Seafood Houses, should be the 2007 gala’s honorary chairs.
For Jeannie Stone, the event will be a homecoming of sorts. When she first came to Calvert County over 20 years ago she worked at the Rod ‘N’ Reel.
“I remember volunteering to work at the galas,” said Jeannie Stone, who added that Mary Donovan has long been her role model.
Phillip Stone is a Calvert County native. He admitted the couple has no monetary goal as the chairs of the 2007 gala.
“We don’t want to put that pressure on them,” said Donovan.
The 2006 gala raised over $450,000 for the American Cancer Society’s various research, education, advocacy and patient services programs. It is the largest cancer fund-raiser per capita in Maryland.
Donovan believes that one reason for the silver anniversary gala’s huge success was the enthusiasm of the co-chairs, Johnny and Connie Gott, who Jeannie Stone refers to as “our very good friends. They did a great job, one we can only hope to follow.”
Jeannie Stone said the fact that her mother died of breast cancer when she [Jeannie] was a child also has her determined to get as many of the couple’s friends and Stoney’s customers involved as possible. “I hope we can bring some people from Solomons and Broomes Island to the gala,” she said, adding that the couple also has friends in Northern Virginia who may also find the Calvert County fete fun.
In addition to the abundance of food and refreshments, the gala’s live entertainment this year will include a major attraction. Donovan announced The Fabulous Hubcaps will perform a four-hour show at the gala. The oldies band is one of the most popular groups in the mid-Atlantic area.
The gala was started in the early 1980s by Gerald Donovan and his brother, Fred, as a way to honor their father who had died of cancer, and a way to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Transportation to the Cancer Crusade Celebration of Life Gala is being made available by Reid’s Bus Service. More information on the transportation is available at
There will also be shuttle service available from parking areas within Chesapeake Beach.
The gala is from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $125 per person or $150 per person at the entrance.
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