Ellen Allen Annapolis Hosts Spring Tea at Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore

Annapolis, MD (April 13, 2011) — In celebration of the recent partnership of Ellen Allen Annapolis and the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore, Ellen Allen Annapolis hosted a Spring Tea for the families of the House as well as members of the community on Sunday, April 10th. Approximately seventy attendees were able to enjoy live music performed by students at the Peabody Conservatory, view an inspiring presentation by renowned speaker Vicki Hess, drink tea served by Lady Millicent, and shop a trunk show by Ellen Allen Annapolis featuring the Chesapeake Collection and freshly introduced spring products.

Ellen Allen Annapolis’s flagship Eastport bag combines all of her passions- architecture, history, functional design, and organization. All totes, handbags, scarves, and neckties feature patterns which are twists on Annapolis architecture. The historic nature of one of America’s first capitals provides abundant inspiration. As a design professional and mother, Ellen Allen Annapolis’s totes and handbags are constructed of an easily cleaned cotton fabric with a “green” coating, effortlessly organized and vibrantly printed to complement an active and chic lifestyle. Ellen Allen Annapolis believes strongly in the “fabric” of community as well, and has been a consistent donor to numerous organizations since launching the company in 2009. In late 2010 Ellen Allen Annapolis designated the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore its charity of choice, donating a portion of every sale to the operating budget of the House.

“It was so easy to wrap my heart around the work of the Ronald McDonald House,” said Ellen Allen, Founder and CEO, Ellen Allen Annapolis. “This becomes home to so many families from all over Maryland, around the US, and all over the world seeking top-tier medical care for their children. Some of the very best hospitals in the world are based right here in Maryland, and our company wants to do our part to help ensure the best experience possible for visitors and natives alike.”

The Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore serves 36 families each night, 365 days per year and is 100% community funded. It has provided a home away from home for over 30,000 families since being founded in 1982.

“Ellen Allen is as amazing as the handbags she designs. We are honored that a local Maryland business wants to support us and the over 1,000 families we serve each year,” said Sandy Pagnotti, Executive Director of the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House. “We look forward to partnering with Ellen Allen Annapolis on even more events at our House.”

About Ellen Allen Annapolis
Ellen Allen Annapolis is a lifestyle design company based near Annapolis featuring exclusive designs by Ellen Allen. Born and raised on a working farm on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Ellen has always found inspiration in Maryland’s coastal lifestyle. Locally known for many years for her interior design work, she recently introduced accessories and giftware lines to complement the handbags which feature her iconic, proprietary patterns. As a working mother, Ellen aims to design accessories for her customers that are both fashionable and functional. www.ellenallen.com.

About the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), an independent non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. The Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore is located on 635 West Lexington Street in downtown Baltimore. Part of an international network serving children and families in more than 57 countries, Ronald McDonald House
Charities of Baltimore is an independent, locally funded and controlled Chapter of one of the world’s most recognized and respected philanthropic organizations. The Ronald McDonald House is a non-profit corporation run by a small staff and volunteer Board of Directors. The enthusiastic participation of men and women from all walks of life makes the house “work.” All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, visit www.rmhbaltimore.org.

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