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Bmore Social: Volunteering Untapped’s Fake Wedding

A visual recap of the organization's fan-favorite fundraiser, which returned for the first time in four years.
By Sloane Brown

Fake Wedding 2024 Benefiting Volunteering Untapped
February 17, 2024
7–11:30 p.m.
The Rita Rossi Colwell Center

Imagine all the fun of a wedding (getting dressed up, unlimited cocktails and party food, dancing to a great band) without the fuss of the ceremony, the receiving line, and the long-winded toasts. Toss in a fitting February Mardi Gras theme, and you’ve got Volunteering Untapped Baltimore’s annual fundraiser.

After four years of a COVID-affected absence, the annual VU bash—which supports its mission to provide accessible opportunities for locals to give back—returned with a vengeance. More than 250 folks turned out to eat, drink, mingle, and dance the night away. There was even a chance to celebrate a “bride” and “groom,” who were voted for by guests.

Left to right: Board members: Justin Yaquiant, ManTech senior assistant administrator; Benjamin Wilcox, Saft America program manager; Kelly Wilcox, board president/American Institutes for Research senior contract specialist; Michelle McDowell, Compulse digital operations specialist
Left to right: Dana Harms, Fidelity Investments project manager; Kim Lewis, FIS business analyst; Dr. Erica Lewis-Mead, pediatric dentist
Left to right: Jonathan Silva, construction project manager; Kat Kelley, public health analyst; Brett Thorne, Whitman, Requardt and Associates; Alysse Thorne, Organon community access team manager
Left to right: Dan Levere, PMG data scientist; Kris Shea, engineer; Elizabeth Clearfield, public health researcher
Left to right: Noah Smock, Baltimore Community ToolBank executive director; Stephanie Eaddy, Stanley Black & Decker senior communications specialist; Caroline Bibb, CityScape Engineering senior project engineer
Left to right: Carl Cabagingan, U.S. Army engineer; Natalie Fung, project manager; Katelyn Thomas, SmartStart Education talent acquisition coordinator; Kevin Nathan, Johns Hopkins University postdoctoral fellow
Left to right: Jaime Heringer, X-ray technologist; Allie Kelly, mental health therapist; Louie Silverio, BmoreFood food influencer
Left to right: Andy Hartwig, U.S. Department of Agriculture service statistician, Kim Andrews, National Labor Relations Board labor attorney
Left to right: Brittney Murray, Johns Hopkins Medicine genetic counselor; Adam Murray, Saft America operations director; Jacob Smith, STV highway engineer; Christy Smith, Johns Hopkins Medicine genetic counselor
The Volunteering Untapped board and event committee kicked off the evening with a welcome to their guests.
HonFest may now be defunct, but Baltimore’s “Hons” are alive and well. Bonnie Hockstein (left) and Judy Templeton (right) are active as hosts of the BeMore Good News podcast. The two have been doing Hon gigs for so long, they each have loads of over-the-top outfit options in their closets. For this particular event, Hockstein went for the Mardi Gras theme, and Templeton relied on her preferred pigment of pink.