Great Chefs’ Dinner

April 7th, 2020

UPDATE: 3-17-20
These are unprecedented times, and we are all learning how to respond together. For the families we serve, who were already struggling to stay afloat, this COVID-19 pandemic will create new challenges that few could have otherwise imagined. Whether it’s keeping children safe and engaged due to school closures, or how to deal with an abusive family member at home in isolation, The Family Tree will continue to be a resource for Maryland’s families throughout this crisis.

Last week, we made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Great Chefs’ Dinner, planned for April 7th, 2020. This is not a decision we came to lightly, as this is our largest fundraiser of the year and provides critical support to run our programs. But, we must all come together and do what is best for the most vulnerable in our communities, and right now that means practicing social distancing, which includes Governor Larry Hogan’s guidelines prohibiting events and gatherings of over 50 people. A special thank you to Chef Melissa Kelly for her understanding and support at this time.

If you are interested in helping to cover our shortfall and ensure that we can continue to be a vital resource to families, you can donate here. We understand that so much is still uncertain, but we are so grateful for the community we’ve built together over the last few decades, and we will work tirelessly to help our families emerge from this chapter of their lives as strong, healthy, and resilient as possible.

Thank you, and be safe.

Chef Melissa Kelley


FamFest is designed to bring more joy into your home and our community. How? By helping you eat, play and read more as a family – scientifically proven ways to foster healthy and successful children!

At The Family Tree’s FamFest, your family will find a utopia of active play, kid-friendly meal prep, reading adventures, freebies, and more.

And it’s all FREE!

Thanks for an amazing day this year! We can’t wait to see you all again in 2020!!

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