Frederick loves its dogs and Federated Charities loves its dog, “Charity.” We’re combining the two into a unique event that celebrates our organization’s impact in the community…for more than 100 years. The iron dog that stands on our front porch was cast by the Baltimore stove manufacturer Hayward Bartlett and Company in 1858 at the exorbitant cost (for its time) of $45. He is a Chesapeake Bay Ducking dog and was likely a rendering of a beloved family pet but one of the stories told is that the statue was placed on the porch to keep raucous visitors from falling off it.
For many, “Charity” (so named by the community in the 1970s) is the symbol of the services that Federated Charities has offered in Frederick and like the building itself, a testament to how we care for our most vulnerable citizens. Each year we serve more than 600 individuals with our own programs and services such as our medical equipment loan closet and our Community Table project. We also serve the greater non-profit community by supporting 9 tenant partners with low-cost rental space so they can serve their own clients and we offer capacity development and training opportunities with a variety of partners.
Local artists are generously contributing their time, talents and energy to their own interpretations of the dog life for our silent auction event in June. One of a kind, collectible pieces by graphics illustrator, Ellen Byrne and textile artist, Margaret Hluch will be available (among others) as will our graciously restored first floor and rear garden for wandering with your food and drink.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door