Who's Ready to Get Together and Celebrate?

The 2021 Silver Linings Gala

Thursday, September 30, 2021

     6:00pm - Cocktails     7:00pm - Dinner & Program

Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, Maryland

Master of Ceremonies - The Honorable Craig Rice

Member of the Montgomery County Council

and the CaringMatters Board of Directors


Congratulations to our 2021 Honorees!


The Jerry Gimmel Loyalty Award
Colleen Luzier


Corporate Award

New York Life


Community Partnership Award

Montgomery Village Rotary Club


*Thank You to Our Early Sponsors!

Gold Sponsor

Irma Poretsky

Crystal Sponsors

Vivian & Raymond Bass
Linda & Ian Kramer

Colleen & Ron Luzier

Silver Sponsor

Steve & Jane Halpin

Bronze Sponsors

Advanced Nursing + Home Support

Audrey Rothstein Photography

Kenneth & Marsha Braunstein

Sara & Jim Harris

U.S. Wellness

VWG Wealth Management

*as of June 17, 2021



We are planning this gala as an in-person event,which will be held in

full compliance with CDC and local public health guidelines.

Cocktail Reception | Dinner | Live Auction | Complimentary Valet Parking

Silver Linings 2020

Book cover.jpg

In October 2020, we proudly presented a very special Keepsake Book in honor of our virtual gala event,
"The Silver Linings of CaringMatters: Reflections on Love, Loss and Grief." This project reflects the collaboration and connection of the CaringMatters' community. It exemplifies a commitment to normalize conversations and expressions of grief to encourage those in need of support to reach out. With this project, we proudly reaffirm our mission: to provide social supports and education so that no one dies or grieves alone.

If you were not able to join us in person for Silver Linings 2020, please enjoy the recording of the event above.

Recent Gala Honorees

Legacy Honorees

Ken Gemmell, in memory of Marie, Devin and Cole Gemmell (2020)

Irma Poretsky, in memory of Lester Poretsky (2019)

The Vilardo Family in memory of Dick and Jody Vilardo (2018)

Pamela Zembiec, in memory of her late husband, Major Douglas Zembiec (2017)

Larry Kay & Meredith Rodnan and Richard & Rebecca Kay, in memory of their mother, Shirley Kay (2016)

Jackie and Clay Ogg in memory of their son, Brendan Ogg (2015)

Michelle Freeman in memory of her late husband, Joshua Freeman (2014)


Loyalty Honorees

Jerry Gimmel, Gimmel, Weiman, Ersek, Blomberg & Lewis, P.A. (2020)
Steven Ornstein, EDGE Floral Event Designers (2019)

Toni Robinson (2018)

The Honorable Jerey Z. Slavin (2017)

Pam Hard (2016) Jacquie Tennant (2016)

Sandra and Pete Bracken (2015)

Hospice Caring Trustees, Past & Present (2014)


Leadership Honoree

The Honorable Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council (2020)


Corporate Leadership Honorees

M&T Bank (2019)

Bar-T (2018)

Revere Bank (2017)

Shulman Rogers (2016)

Miller & Long Co., Inc. (2015)

Pearls of Hope Gala 2019

Thank you to our Pearls of Hope Gala photographers, Toni Robinson & Chuck Lee!

Silver Linings Gala 2018

Thank you to Jerry Frishman Photography!