The first years are the Time to Care!

Maryland Family Network hosted its sixth annual First Years fundraiser on

Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at

The Accelerator Space

417 Benninghaus Road, Baltimore, MD 21212

Complimentary valet provided

an evening to celebrate several victories advancing the care & education of young children in Maryland and raise funds to fuel our continued efforts.  

Maryland just became the tenth state to establish paid family and medical leave with the passage of the Time to Care Act of 2022. This is a true victory for all workers, but especially for parents welcoming a new baby or adopted child into their family. Parents will no longer have to decide between taking time to care for their family or receiving a paycheck. Lawmakers also heard loud and clear that early care and education are priorities for Marylanders. That’s why they passed eight pieces of legislation this year to strengthen the child care industry and support families who rely on quality child care.

The first five years of a child’s life are the most critical. The first years are the time to care!

All proceeds benefit Maryland Family Network, which ensures young children, from birth through age five, have strong families, quality early learning environments, and a champion for their interests. 


Thank you to our sponsors



Auction Sponsor

Travel for a Good Cause Logo

Beer Sponsor

Union Craft Brewing -- Beer Sponsor

Wine Sponsor

Total Wine & More

Toddlers -- $10,000

Black Oak

Cruisers -- $5,000

Altus Partners
BCT Design Group
MCB Build
MCRB Real Estate
Whiting Turner

Crawlers -- $2,500

Brown Advisory
Carroll Engineering
Century Engineering
Kelly Benefits
Maryland Department of Commerce
Kaiser Permanente

Additional Support

Kiddie Academy
Merrill Lynch
SB & Company

Thank you to our Table Hosts:

Dr. Maureen Black*

Reggie Cohen*

Alex Costos*

Brian Eakes*

R. Michael Gill, Jr.*

Mary Gunning

R. Dixon H. Harvey*

Tina Hike-Hubbard

Betsy Krieger

Cary Murray

Sharon Nathanson*

Greg Stevens*

Cheryl Stewart

Jud Sokol*

Bryce Turner*

Rich Wiklund*

Laura Weeldreyer*

     *Denotes a member of our esteemed Champions for Children Society.


We look forward to reconnecting with our community in person this year! In the interest of public health and safety, we have made a number of adjustments to this year’s event:

  • Guests will be asked to confirm vaccination status during registration
  • A portion of the event will take place outside (weather permitting)
  • Seating at tables has been reduced
  • Masks are required inside unless actively eating or drinking

For more information, please contact Cate Chanel, Development Coordinator at 443.873.5868 or