MORE THAN 300 people attended a recent party at Chanceland Farm, which belongs to Bob Manfuso and Katie Voss. This was a fund-raiser for the Maryland Horsebreeders PAC, which was chaired by Billy Boniface.
Others on the fund-raising committee were Yvonne Stover, who arranged the auction and raffle prizes; Dick Martin, who ran the great terrier races, and Frank Hopkins, who put together a neat program with his favorite kind of committee, all female except for Bonnie White.
The auction was popular. Washington lawyer Jack Miller and his wife, Carey, contributed time at their Delaware condo, and the highest bidder was Carlos Garcia, who trains Valley Maid, which is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wright. Other bidders were Jerry Michaelson for the Breeder's Cup weekend; The Kennedy brothers, Tom and Jerry, for the day with King Leatherbury at Laurel.
Other volunteers who helped make the fund-raiser a success were Barrie Reightler, Crickett Goodall, Billie and Barbara Boniface, Kim Boniface, Amy Hopkins, Ardis Wilkie and Jon Levinson, who donated a rug and served as a volunteer auctioneer along with Johnny Merryman and Warren Streaker
The Advertising and Professional Club of Baltimore had a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency for The Sun's People columnist Laura Charles and me for our contributions to the community.
This luncheon was special for many reasons. There's nothing like looking at a room filled with people who are there just for you. First and foremost the family -- my husband, Bill; my daughter, Anne Boone-Simanski; my son and daughter-in-law Gordon and Susan Boone; my brother and sister-in-law, John and Betsy Hayes. Plus members of my extended family who made the trip to town -- Nancy Slaughter, Judy Sussman, Linda Long, Lois Baldwin, Jeannie Fernandez, Joan Horsey, Edie Brown and Jim Fox. And community friends with whom I've worked for many years, Mary and Jack Nethen, Clarisse Mechanic, Kip Mandris, Dave Millard, Gerald Kavanagh, State Comptroller Louis Goldstein, Carolyn Bodie, Rose Cernak, Abby Lazarus, Jim Donovan and Jeanne and Alan Walden, and I could go on and on.
And, of course, there were speakers. Washington gossip columnist Diane McClelland, Lt. Gov. Mickey Steinberg, Baltimore mag editor Stan Heuisler, and I've saved the best for last. Evening Sun Assistant Managing Editor Mike Davis and Evening Sun humor columnist Kevin Cowherd were shining examples of what a creative group we have at The Evening Sun. Thanks to one and all, and I truly believe there isn't one thing wrong in tooting your own horn once in a while.
HarborView's Commodore Club was the place to be last week. Well, you might have felt a little out of place if you were not well tanned and fit like our seaworthy visitors who were participating in the 1990 Cadillac Columbus Cup. Annapolis' legendary sailor, Gary Jobson, who won the Ambassador's Regatta, was there with his crew, all of whom received loving cups. On hand for the festivities were Greg Barnhill, president of Op Sail; Mark Fischer, chairman Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith; State Sen. John Pica Jr.; Robert Johnstone, J/Boats director of marketing; Nick Brown, National Aquarium director; Scott Steele, noted sailing pro, and Bud O'Malley of the Maryland Port Authority. Guests nibbled on delicious goodies catered by Connie Crabtree, GM of the Commodore Club.
Tomorrow is an important day for the Maryland Food Committee. It's RSVVP Day, and if you eat at a participating restaurant you will be helping Maryland's hungry. Ten percent of the restaurant sales are earmarked for the food committee and all the money stays in Maryland . . . Chocoholics are invited to stop by Lexington Market for the annual Chocolate Festival, which runs Thursday through Saturday. Opening ceremonies take place in front of the market Thursday at 9:20 a.m. when Mayor Kurt Schmoke unveils "Chocolate Street." I'm not sure how much more my waist can stand, but I have agreed to be a chocolate judge that day. Then I'm off to WYST, 1010 on your radio dial where I will play deejay with Jennifer Steele on her weekly Celebrity Hour. Tune in from 2-3 p.m. or, better yet, give me a call 481-1010 and we can chat.
Members of the English Speaking Union will gather at the Cross Keys Inn Wednesday for their annual bazaar/luncheon/fashion show. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a silent auction and lots of goodies to buy from the gourmet table.
The main purpose of the English Speaking Union is "to draw together in the bond of friendship the English-speaking peoples of the world." Mrs. Richard Bond is chairman of the board, and Duncan Mackenzie is president. Others working hard on this delightful fund-raiser are Mrs. William Calder Harris, Mrs. W.P. Custis Munoz and Mrs. Robert Clark. Call 539-6532 for ticket information.