Paying tribute to a 'Choice' program


December 22, 1990|By SYLVIA BADGER

A Choice benefit screening of Arnold Schwarzenegger's new film, "Kindergarten Cop," at UMBC last weekend attracted a choice crowd. UMBC president Dr. Michael Hooker and his wife greeted more than 170 guests at a special reception before the screening.

Before I tell you about the movers and shakers at the party, let me take a minute to tell you about the important Choice project run by UMBC. Its executive director is John Martello, a UMBC professor. The Choice founder and director is Mark Shriver, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Sargent Shriver. That, of course, makes Schwarzenegger Mark's brother-in-law because he's married to Maria Shriver.

Choice is a program to help Cherry Hill youngsters ages 10 to 17 who have been identified as having problems. Shriver and about 10 social workers work with 80 youngsters. Someone is available to help these young people 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is in-home contact with the youngsters two to five times or more every day.

As for the $50-a-person reception/screening, there was a shorprogram before the film, which was emceed by WJZ's Andrea Koppel. Also on hand to speak were Nancy Grasmick, the state's Secretary for Children, Youth and Families, and Ira Schwartz, director of a youth policy study center in Michigan.

Others in attendance were Mark's parents; cousins Sidney Lawford McKelvy and her husband, Peter, and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; Mrs. Edward Bennett Williams; Eli Jacobs, O's owner who doesn't make many appearances at Baltimore fund-raisers; Judge and Mrs. Roger Brown, Baltimore city juvenile judge; Georgia Groth, owner of Flying Fruit Fantasy, who employs some of the Choice kids; UMBC provost Adam Yarmolinsky; Ricki Baker, Choice advisory board member; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dell, he's one of Pro-Serve's top sports agents and a former Davis cupper; Dick Cromwell, owner of Cajun Joe's franchises; and Jim Smith, John Porter and Joyce Key, who own a local Cajun Joe's franchise. As a matter of fact, before the screening, Shriver's Choice kids were treated to a screening of the movie and dinner at Cajun Joe's.

Perhaps you've forgotten about giving to a needy person this holiday season. But a group called Citizens Outreach for Baltimore County, COBCO, has made it easy to give this weekend. For 20 years, they've worked hard to feed hungry people in the county and even at this late date you can still help.

The group's founder (and owner of the Towson Bootery), Dick Rudolph, called to say food contributions are needed and can be dropped by any Baltimore County firehouse this weekend. If you'd rather send money, Otto Nardone will be glad to see that it is spent on the needy. His address is 8140 Pleasant Plains, Towson, Md. 21204. For more information call Rudolph at the Towson Bootery at 296-0640.

Does that face and sexy body being seen out and about with Donald Trump look familiar? If you're a people watcher, I'm sure you've seen photos of the Trump's newest model friend, Rowanne Brewer.

And if you're from Baltimore, perhaps you remember she was the centerfold of a 1987 calendar produced by Mark Loundes. You might say the calendar featured "Christopher's" girls, and there was a lot of competition for the 12 who made the calendar -- in their bathing suits. (Christopher's is the swinging night spot on Padonia road.)

*Sylvia Badger's column also appears Tuesday in the Accent section of The Evening Sun.

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