COULD I ASK for a pregnant pause," pleaded a smiling, Channel 2 anchor Sally Thorner, while trying to quiet down a lively crowd attending a Baltimore County Celebrity Waiters Luncheon at the Towson Sheraton. It was time for Thorner, who is expecting her first baby in a couple of months, to get on with rTC her emceeing duties and help raise money for the Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia Society.
Approximately 20 people waited tables filled with big spenders, who tipped well and bid on auction items like Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden's bow tie and cummerbund. Those items were bought by Bryan Davis, owner of Oceanic Ltd, an import/export business, who paid several hundred dollars for them and then graciously returned them to the executive, who served as the luncheon's maitre de.
I sat at the table of one of Towson's most charitable citizens and owner of the Towson Bootery, Dick Rudolph, who certainly has his ways of raising lots of money. Sitting with me at Rudolph's table were Davis; Maxine Saunders, HUD's Baltimore manager; Eric Dott, owner of Monarch Games, who told me his board game Gulf Strike is selling well; Tom Marr, WCBM talk-show host; Hugh Coyle, who owns a Crown station and dabbles in public relations; Mike Paszkiewicz, Vend lease company and one of my favorite Judges, Frank Cicone, who is enjoying his retirement from the Baltimore County bench. He left the luncheon a little early because of a golf game when the temperature was only 27 degrees.
It was nice to see one of Baltimore's best-known business women, Phyllis Brotman, waiting her table and looking so healthy after a long recuperation from a bout with pneumonia. She, and several other waiters, really dressed for the occasion. Brotman, sporting a white uniform with "Phyl" on the front and all kinds of costume jewels, really took care of her guests, which included Towson State president Hoke Smith; Nottingham Properties' Doug Dollenberg; Val Voelker from Stouffer's Hotel; Gary Attman, Attman Properties; Keith Van Eron, former Blast goalie who owns a sporting goods store; and Brotman's daugter and son-in-law, Barbara Brotman-Kaylor and Marc Kaylor.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston attorney Scott Barhight looked sharp in his judge's robe and white wig, while Terry Rubenstein, New Town Development, was nattily dressed in a tuxedo. This twosome had a sickening, chocolate mousse-eating challenge, for tips of course.
Others waiting tables were Jay Matricciani, Matricciani Co.; Le Roy Haile, Le Roy Haile Inc.; Sam Cook, Venable, Baetjer & Howard; Bill Seim, Towson Photo Supply; Mike Keelty, The Keelty Co.; Lea Petr, Baltimore County government; Dr. Ronald Broadwater; and Mayer Handelman, who owns Woodhaven Pharmacy and who also wowed luncheon guests with a Ninja Turtle costume. Thanks to these people and many others, the Leukemia Society got a much-needed financial transfusion of about $17,000.
Since leaving home in April 1990 on its world tour gala, the Pride of Baltimore II has visited 20 ports and logged 15,000 nautical miles. She's currently in Malaga, Spain, undergoing extensive repairs before her 1991 campaign and will return to Baltimore before the Columbus Day celebrations in 1992.
So while the Pride is being overhauled, her board of directors, led by Crown Central's Henry Rosenberg, held a wonderful Pride Gala to raise funds to keep her sailing. (Unfortunately the Rosenbergs could not be at the gala because Henry's delightful mother, Ruth, is ill.) Mike and Susan Chesser chaired the gala committee, whose hard work culminated in a lovely party at Stouffer Harborplace Hotel Saturday evening. (Mike quipped that when you have to raise money in hard times like this, you really get to know who your friends are.)
A large replica of the Pride was all the ballroom needed for decoration, coupled with flags of countries visited by the Pride. As usual, I chatted my way through the evening and enjoyed meeting Kristin Fitzgerald, director of sales for Lifetime Cable in New York, and her husband, Dana, who's with WJZ-TV; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Field, senior vice president of Richardson, Myers & Donofrio; and Charles Scheeler, C.J. Langenfelder Co., and his charming wife, Mary.
Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley arrived a wee bit late, announcing as she and her intern, Wilbur Su, (son of Dr. C.T. Su) sat down that this was her fourth stop of the evening. Others enjoying the wonderful dinner music played by the Crystal Strings were Mr. and Mrs. George Acton, Michael McGeady, Ted Herget, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lattanzi, Mortie Fisher, Alan Rifkin and his firm's newest partner, Joel Rozner; Mr. and Mrs. George McGowan, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hartman, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Boatwright, Lainy LeBow, Wayne Chappell, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Snyder, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Durian, Bud O'Malley, Jim Lighthizer and Capt. Ken Landers, captain of the nuclear sub USS Baltimore.