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The Elville Center for the Creative Arts Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary

By:  Jeffrey D. Stauffer – Community Relations Director

The Elville Center for the Creative Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, celebrated its one-year anniversary in early June. And, in its first year, The Elville Center has partnered with local and regional businesses such as Music and Arts, WBJC 91.5 FM, and The Columbia Orchestra and local schools, to provide musical instruments, musical instrument rental, music lessons, and participation in music-related activities to and for children of all ages throughout Maryland. The purpose of the Elville Center is to improve the quality of life of children of all ages by providing them the opportunity to learn music theory and application, experience cultural events related to the musical and creative arts, and to use music and the promotion of music-related activities to transcend social and economic divisions.

Over the past year, generous donors have provided instruments ranging from clarinets and violins, flutes and celli, trumpets and guitars, keyboards and saxophones, and even a rare Hawaiian ukulele and African flute. The Elville Center then takes these instruments to its Severna Park Music & Arts Center partner and pays for their refurbishment so students receive an instrument in excellent condition that The Elville Center is proud to deliver and the students are excited to play.

The charity’s first year was one of significant growth and many successes, and many played a part in helping it work towards accomplishing its mission. Mr. Stephen R. Elville, President and Founder of The Elvile Center, noted, “We celebrate The Elville Center's one-year anniversary with many people and organizations to thank - first and foremost our generous and wonderful donors who care so much about music and the promotion of music for the benefit of children. We also thank WBJC, without whose gracious and unwavering support, the Center would not have accomplished its initial work over the past 12 months, and would still be seeking to find its voice. Special thanks goes out to Scott Schimpf and his incredible staff at Music and Arts Severna Park (Ben, Dayle, and others), for their enthusiastic promotion of the Center, and their awesome work in refurbishing our instruments as well as their professionalism and advice concerning the purchase of new instruments. Lastly, I thank and recognize our partner schools, volunteers, and all those whose thoughts, ideas, and well wishes have made a huge difference in getting The Elville Center off the ground.”

In January, Mr. Elville met with the administration and teachers of Benjamin Tasker Middle School to provide the first flight of musical instruments and music supplies to the school’s students and music department. Additional instrument donations have taken place since then and planning will take place at the beginning of the next school year for joint fundraising efforts for the school’s music department along with future instrument donations.

“I hope these events have sparked the imaginations of other donors,” remarked Mr. Elville. “We are looking forward to continuing the project of re-equipping the music department at Benjamin Tasker and addressing the needs of music students throughout the region.”

In March, The Elville Center partnered with The Columbia Orchestra to sponsor the purchase of 30 tickets for children to attend its popular Young People’s Concert Series. The program included a “Carnival of the Animals,” which featured a combination of music and dance as well as “The Thrill of the Orchestra,” which introduced children to the various instruments and music from the hit Disney movie “Frozen.” In between the performances, students were given the opportunity to participate in a musical instrument petting zoo where they could touch and try to play the various instruments.

This spring, The Elville Center developed a partnership with Wiley H. Bates Middle School, an Annapolis school that integrates the arts in each area of its curriculum, a teaching technique that provides unique learning experiences for its students. Numerous supplies and musical instrument donations have already taken place with more to come, and plans for a fall fundraiser to benefit the school’s music program are underway.

Dr. Maximus VanDerbeek, Band Director at Bates, has been thrilled with the partnership, saying, “The Bates Middle School is a program which serves the needs of a financially challenged local community. Many of these students need support in order to play music in band with expenses such as reeds, mouthpieces, instruments, sheet music, and more. In a timely manner, The Elville Center has stepped in and provided outstanding support to our program to make band and the joy of music possible for our community.”

In addition to individual and corporate donations, Mr. Elville's estate planning, elder law and special needs planning law firm of Elville and Associates contributes its own corporate funds to the Elville Center. It is the hope of Mr. Elville that this charitable initiative will continue to capture the imaginations and enthusiasm of our clients, business partners, and the community at large and will continue to grow in scope, culminating in the fulfillment of many dreams and a continuation of the music.

“I am more than pleased and thankful for our progress over this past year, and am pleasantly surprised at the new opportunities that have presented themselves,” said Mr. Elville. “Without a doubt, the need for instruments, accessories, music-related activities, and access to all such things that were once taken for granted in schools and at home is dramatic and critical. The need for children to be involved with music has not changed - unfortunately our society has. Over the next 12 months and in the years to come, it is my hope that our donations, both monetary and instrument-related, will continue to increase so that we can meet needs and carry out our mission on the broadest of scales."

If you are interested in The Elville Center For The Creative Arts and would like to learn more, or if you would like to make a donation or pledge, please contact Mr. Jeffrey Stauffer, Director, at 443-393-7696 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Personal meetings with Mr. Elville for discussion of The Elville Center are available upon request.

 


 

Thought of the Day 555.

A New York trial court has ruled that a nursing home can pursue a breach-of-contract claim against a resident's son who signed the admission agreement, agreeing to use his mother’s funds to pay for her care or apply for Medicaid on her behalf. Jewish Home Lifecare v. Ast (N.Y. Sup. Ct., New York Cty., No. 161001/14, July 17, 2015).  Ernest Ast admitted his mother to a nursing home and signed the admission agreement as the responsible party. According to the court, the responsible party was personally liable for ensuring Medicaid coverage, but was not required to use his or her own funds to pay for care. Ernest Ast also signed his brother's name to the agreement.  After Ernest's mother died, the nursing home sued Ernest and his brother, Mark, for breach of contract, among other things.  The nursing home argued the brothers failed to apply for Medicaid or use their mother's money to pay the nursing home and that they fraudulently transferred her money to themselves.  Mark argued that he could not be liable because he did not sign the contract, and Ernest argued that he couldn't be personally liable because the contract provided that he was not required to use his own funds to pay for care. The brothers filed a motion to dismiss.  The New York Supreme Court, New York County, denied the motion to dismiss in part, holding that the nursing home could proceed with its breach-of-contract claim against Ernest, but not against Mark. According to the court, "while the agreement does not require [Mark and Ernest] to guarantee payment from their own resources, it requires that they ensure that [the nursing home] is paid from [their mother's] assets, to the extent that they had control over them, and provides that a failure to do so constitutes a breach of the contract."  The court ruled that because Mark did not sign the contract, the nursing home could not pursue a breach-of-contract claim against him.  

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Elville and Associates Presents The Advisors Forum
Wednesday, July 22nd, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Elville and Associates’ Conference Room #400
The Rotunda—711 W. 40th Street
Baltimore, Maryland  21211

Estate Planning Essentials Workshop with Navy Federal Credit Union,
Thursday, July 23rd, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.,
Navy Federal Credit Union, Gaithersburg branch,
104 Ellington Boulevard, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

Estate Planning and Elder Law Essentials Seminar,
Sunday July 26th-- 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m
Pikesville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library 1301 Reisterstown Rd.
Pikesville, MD 21208

The Essentials of Estate Planning – What You Need to Know
Wednesday, July 29th, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
The Village at Rockville 
9701 Veirs Drive 
Rockville, Maryland 20850
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Workshop -- Elder Law - What Is It and Why Is It Important? 
Thursday, July 30th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., 
Riderwood Village, 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904http://www.ericksonliving.com/riderwood 
Please RSVP to Jeff Stauffer at 443-393-7696 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Workshop-- Asset Protection - Why You Should Care About Protecting the Assets of Your Loved Ones in the 21st-Century 
Thursday, July 30th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Riderwood Village, 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904 
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Elville and Associates Presents The Advisors Forum
Wednesday, August 26th, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Elville and Associates’ Conference Room #400
1700 Rockville Pike
Rockville, Maryland  20852

Estate Planning Essentials Workshop
Wednesday, September 9th -- 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena, Maryland 21122
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4103 Mountain Road 
Pasadena, MD 21122

Elville and Associates Presents The Advisors Forum
Wednesday, September 23rd, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Linden Hall, 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive
Ellicott City, Maryland  21042
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Estate Planning Essentials Workshop with Navy Federal Credit Union,
Tuesday, October 13th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.,
Navy Federal Credit Union,
Rockville Pike branch, 12248 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852

Estate Planning Essentials Workshop with Navy Federal Credit Union,
Thursday, October 15th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.,
Navy Federal Credit Union, Gaithersburg branch,
104 Ellington Boulevard, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

Workshop-- Traditional Estate Planning Versus Legacy Planning – What Is the Difference?
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.,
Riderwood Village, 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, Maryland  20904

Elville and Associates 2015 Client Education Event –
“Understanding and Working with the Planning Advisory Team – Attorney, CPA, Financial Advisory and Others” 

Thursday, October 8th 
Doors Open for Dinner at 5:45, Program Begins at 6:15 
NEW LOCATION – Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours 
1525 Marriottsville Road 
Marriottsville, Maryland 21104 
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Elville and Associates Presents The Advisors Forum
Wednesday, October 28th, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Elville and Associates’ Conference Room #400
The Rotunda—711 W. 40th Street
Baltimore, Maryland  21211
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Estate Planning 101 and How to Get Started With Your Planning,
Thursday, November 12th, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.,
Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

Workshop-- Charitable Giving - Why Is Philanthropy So Attractive – on Both a Personal and Financial Level?
Thursday, December 17th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.,
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Elville Center for
the Musical Arts

Elville and Associates would like to recognize and thank the following people who have supported The Elville Center for the Musical Arts by donating used instruments to the charity:

Christine Ramcke
Jeff Stauffer
Mary Nugent
Jim Rafferty
Huston and Pamela Jacobs
Barabara Kahan
Nancy Jeschke
Ellen Adajian
Judith Weimert
Edward Kasemeyer
Katie Ford
Sheila Malloy
Gretchen Frye
Bill Regan
Gretchen Frye
Christina C. Miller
Cliff Laufer
Ken Badertscher
Joel H. Broida
Jeanne Chapman
John Troiani
John Korenstra
David Stein