Press Release; Executive Office of the Governor of Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD –  Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and First Lady Yumi Hogan participated in charitable Thanksgiving events this week, spending time with Marylanders in need to celebrate the holiday.

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Lt. Governor Rutherford today attended Goodwill’s 63rd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Resource Fair at the Baltimore Convention Center, an event that he has attended for the past five years. He was joined by his family, Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh, and Lisa Rusyniak President and CEO for Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.

Over 400 volunteers from across Maryland joined together to provide turkey and all the trimmings to approximately 3,000 people with disabilities or special needs. The Thanksgiving dinner and resource fair is one of the longest running Thanksgiving events in the Baltimore area.

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First Lady Yumi Hogan joined the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) again this year for their annual Thanksgiving Children’s Party with families from the children’s hospital on Monday, November 19. She brought cookies and joined pediatric patients, their parents, and hospital staff to decorate leaves for a Thankful Tree. The First Lady also visited Sinai Hospital to attend their Thanksgiving Day Party on Tuesday, November 20.

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UMMC is also the site for Yumi C.A.R.E.S.: Children’s Art for Recovery, Empowerment, and Strength.The vision for this pioneering program — the first of its kind in the state of Maryland — was initially conceived by the First Lady during the time she spent with her family at UMMC. The Art Therapy Program is led by a trained art therapist and fosters a sense of empowerment and strength in children facing health challenges, helping them heal both emotionally and physically.

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