GBMC Healthcare To Host 17th Annual Legacy Chase


GBMC HealthCare Inc. today announced its signature fundraising event, Legacy Chase, will return for its 17th year on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Shawan Downs in Cockeysville, Maryland. Funds raised will benefit the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at GBMC.

For this year’s time-honored annual tradition of steeplechase racing and family-friendly fun we introduce Hats, Horses and Hope as the theme for Legacy Chase to celebrate cancer survivors. Each of these symbols create a sense of comfort and strength for cancer patients. While children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero to help fight cancer, we encourage all guests to boast their best hat to show support for all of our oncology patients. Children will receive a free superhero cape with the purchase of a $10 Kids’ Korner wristband (while cape supplies last). Kids’ Korner wristbands will only be sold onsite on the event day.

“Legacy Chase is such a special event because it brings families together to celebrate survivorship while also continuing to raise funds and awareness for those people who are still fighting,” said John B. Chessare, MD, President and CEO of GBMC HealthCare Inc. “Through a day of fun, including food, games and races – and this year, superheroes and super-hats! – GBMC and our community can support The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute so our patients can receive the best treatment and care possible.”

Stretched across 300 acres of green meadows at the scenic Shawan Downs in Northern Baltimore County, Legacy Chase attracts more than 7,000 equestrian fans, friends and families from across the region for steeplechase races, railside tailgating, live music, great food and family-friendly activities, including the time-honored tradition of the G. Leslie Grimes Stick Pony Race.

Gates open at Shawan Downs at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 23 and Opening Ceremonies commence at 12 p.m. The first of many steeplechase races will kick-off at 1 p.m., and the annual kids’ Stick Pony Races will be held immediately following the second steeplechase race. Guests who purchase GBMC Legacy Club Luncheon tickets will be treated to a buffet lunch and parking pass for Founder’s Hill, but anyone can purchase a parking pass to attend the event and watch from various locations on the hill. To view all of the ticket options for the 17th annual Legacy Chase, visit

Proceeds from the 17th annual Legacy Chase will benefit the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at GBMC HealthCare to ensure a healthier future for all. GBMC HealthCare encourages everyone to celebrate survivorship and leave their mark by raising funds for the oncology program.

GBMC HealthCare has worked to perfect oncology services throughout more than 50 years of operation. The only comprehensive community cancer program certified with distinction by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer in the Baltimore region, GBMC has invested in talent and technology to provide the best for oncology patients. Whether they are in need of outpatient, inpatient, home care, hospice or survivorship services, the 2,000-plus new cancer cases GBMC diagnoses and treats annually receive the best care from top oncology talent and leadership.

About GBMC HealthCare Inc.

GBMC HealthCare Inc. strives to fulfill a vision of providing every patient, every time with the care we would want for our loved ones. Through our 255-bed medical center (acute and sub-acute care), which handles more than 26,700 inpatient cases and approximately 60,000 emergency room visits annually; the nearly 1,300 physicians who serve on GBMC HealthCare's medical staff, making it among the largest of any community hospital in the mid-Atlantic region; Greater Baltimore Health Alliance (GBHA), an accountable care organization (ACO) since 2012, was Maryland’s first established ACO.  GBHA includes providers from six independent practices. 

Greater Baltimore Medical Associates (GBMA), a multi-specialty group practice of more than 40 physician practices owned by GBMC HealthCare Inc., operating on the hospital's main Towson campus as well as in satellite locations across the region; Gilchrist Hospice Care, an award winning Medicare/Medicaid certified hospice program and the largest hospice organization in the state of Maryland; and the GBMC Foundation.

About GBMC Foundation

The mission of the Foundation is to generate charitable funds in support of GBMC HealthCare. The Philanthropy Committee members along with the GBMC HealthCare and Gilchrist Hospice Care Board of Directors, have a responsibility in carrying out this mission – with the support of philanthropy staff – through annual appeals, fundraising events, major and planned gifts and capital campaigns. Together, we will seek gifts from grateful patients, families and friends of the GBMC HealthCare System, as well as corporate, foundation and government grants. 

About Shawan Downs

In the summer of 1997, the heirs to Shawan Farms decided to sell 300 acres of mostly inactive farmland near Hunt Valley in Baltimore County. Unsettled by the growing likelihood that eager homebuilders would transform the tranquil acreage into a clustered, bustling development, a group of local citizens acquired the property under the aegis of the Land Preservation Trust (LPT). The property is now preserved and the intention is to maintain its agricultural legacy. LPT, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, is now engaged in the second phase of the project — Shawan Downs —a world-class equestrian center and steeplechase course. Shawan Downs features horse shows, horse trials and other equestrian activities. In keeping with the center’s preservation mission, no significant infrastructure will be required to accommodate the equestrian facilities.

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