Tennis tournament serves worthy cause

Sylvia Badger

November 03, 1990|By Sylvia Badger

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- she, of course, is Maria Shriver -- have agreed to be the honorary co-chairs for Pam Shriver's fifth annual charity tennis tournament (Maria and Pam are cousins). Thanks to Pam's efforts, Cystic Fibrosis (CF) received more than $650,000 from the past four tournaments. This year's proceeds will be divided between CF, Children's Hospital and Center for Reconstructive Surgery and the Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons Association.

The First National Bank Tennis Festival presented by The Baltimore Sun for a Child's Benefit -- that's a mouthful but it's the official title -- will begin the two-day festival with an expensive gala on Monday, Nov. 26. Tickets are $750 a couple for the gala and a pair of tickets for the tennis exhibition the next day at the Baltimore Arena.

This year's gala will be held at the B&O Museum and comedian Wayne Cotter will perform. Cotter has appeared many times on "The Tonight Show," "The David Letterman Show" and several cable specials. I understand that Schwarzenegger is in the process of filming "Terminator II," so an appearance by him is unlikely. But guests will have the pleasure of meeting tennis stars Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, Elise Burgin, Shriver and a few surprise guests to be named later.

If the gala tickets are too much for your budget, perhaps you'd like to see the exhibition match on the 27th. Those tickets range in price from $9 to $75 and you may call the tournament office, 296-2929, for more information.

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"Great Ladies of Style" will be the topic of Mish Tworkowski's lecture scheduled for Nov. 9 in the Evergreen House Theatre. This interesting man is an assistant vice president of Sotheby's and an internationally renowned jewelry designer. This is just one of the special events taking place during the 1990 Annual Christmas Sale sponsored by the John's Hopkins Hospital Women's Board.

Shopping hours begin on Nov. 8 and end Saturday afternoon, Nov. 10. There is an admission charge of $5, which includes free parking near the Evergreen Carriage House on North Charles Street, and there is plenty of free parking elsewhere as well. If you've never attended one of these shows, you're in for a real shopping treat. More than 20 exhibitors will have a wonderful selection of some interesting Christmas presents, so stop by.

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Best of luck to Sophia Connor, who has been selected to represent the John Booth Senior Center of Highlandtown in the Ms. Senior Maryland Pageant on Nov. 6. Mrs. Connor, a 69-year-old resident of Highlandtown, is married to Edward, and is the mother of two sons and grandmother of six children. The pageant will take place in the Queen Ann Theatre in Largo and Connor will perform a tap dance routine for the talent segment of the pageant.

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What better time for the Baltimore County League of Women Voters to celebrate than right after the election. They've asked the Washington, D.C., group Capitol Steps to yuk it up at a comedy fund-raiser at Goucher College.

The League is celebrating its 50th anniversary and trying to replenish its drained coffers at the same time. Let's hope these fabulous political spoofers do their homework on some of our colorful local politicos. Tickets to see Capitol Steps at the Kraushaar Auditorium on Nov. 10 are $35 and may be reserved by calling 828-8869.

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Howard Maleson, president of Maleson advertising, has come up with a clever employee incentive program. Every two or three weeks, Maleson emerges from his office ringing a bell. Everyone gathers around to see which staff member has won the above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty award. That person is given a $25 gift certificate. The gift certificate must be used within 30 minutes at the Owings Mills Town Center, and the purchase must be displayed back at the office immediately on return. Thus far, purchases have ranged from CDs to designer pantyhose to books on creative advertising.

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