MORE THAN 200 luminaries lighted the way into Scarlett Place where the American Lung Association held its first Christmas Seal Ball. Mark Busching, a talented set designer for BB&Y ad agency, transformed the ballroom of Scarlett Place into a Christmas wonderland using lots of fresh greens, poinsettias, fake snow, candles and, of course, the Christmas Seals' white doves.
Honorary chairs of the ball, Cal and Kelly Ripken, looked almost as smashing as the decorations, especially Kelly, who was sparkling in diamonds. It was rubies for Helen Rockwell, who chaired the Ball Committee with her husband, Norman, owner of Northern Chesapeake Construction Co., and everyone agreed that green is definitely Beverly Burke's color, green emeralds that is. (The jewels were on loan for the evening from Dahne & Weinstein Jewelers, which has declared this to be American Lung Association Week at the store. They will donate 10 percent of anything you purchase at their store this week American Lung Association as long as you mention the Lung Association.)
After cocktails, guests dined on a delicious dinner prepared by Charles Levine caterers and enjoyed entertainment orchestrated by Vicky Smith, producer of Shomotion. Mayor and Mrs. Kurt Schmoke received leadership awards, which Bob Hearn accepted on their behalf. And Dr. Wilmot C. Ball accepted the 1990 George Willis Comstock Award. Other awards went to the Ripkens, Rockwells and Burke for their participation.
Ann and Bill Boucher, Jane Allen Bowie and John and Kathy Yuhanick held forth at their table. These ladies were also sporting some lovely gems from D&W. Burke was a busy presenting about 30 door prizes and announcing the winner of a week's vacation to Nisbet Plantation on the island of Nevis, West Indies, donated by World Travel Agency.
Others enjoying the array of entertainers, especially Mickey Light, were John Slaughter, Helen and Mac Passano, Gloria Brennan, Deborah and Richard von Lange, Barbara and Jonathon Clapp and Marcia and Michael Bromley.
I've received several notes from people touting the talented Light, who performs "Sounds of Sinatra" on Friday and Saturday from 9-11 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency. I caught part of his act one RTC evening while covering a party at the Hyatt, and he's everything my spies say he is. He doesn't try to be Sinatra, but he sings well to Sinatra's orchestrations. If you're a Sinatra buff, stop by.
One of the highlights, and there were many, of the Mid-Atlantic Food Service & Lodging Expo held at the Convention Center last week was the first annual Service Classic. The competition was held at the Hyatt Regency where 20 waiters and waitresses, who got to the finals by passing a written test, set the tables and served the food at a luncheon. I was the judge at my table, which was waited on by Lynn Martins from Seibels Dairy Bar & Restaurant in Burtonsville. She was delightful but lost against some pretty stiff competition. Annapolis waiter Dana Dineen of the Loews Annapolis Hotel was the winner.
I enjoyed sitting with restaurateurs Gerard Boyle, owner of the Blue Crab in Cambridge; William King III, owner of the Crab Shanty in Ellicott City, and Dick Lewis, Adams-Burch Inc. We agreed that this competition is a nice way to salute some of the unsung heros of the food industry.
Although it's the off season for the Baltimore Orioles, a lot of them are out pitching good causes in our community. Randy Milligan is the honorary chairman for Santa Claus Anonymous, and he wants our help. The Orioles' Annual Holiday Benefit Sale at Memorial Stadium goes on daily through Dec. 8. The hours of the sale are noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend. It's a neat place to find something for the sports fans on your Christmas list, and you just might bump into one of your favorite Orioles. A portion of the money raised goes to Santa Claus Anonymous.
Pablo Michael Andrews, a father of two and a driver for Brinks, got an early birthday surprise from Maryland National Bank. He was the winner of the bank's fall promotion, "No two people are alike, why should their checking account be?" Word of the $15,000 windfall came just days before Andrews' 31st birthday.