CENTER STAGE has always presented something special for its annual black tie gala and this year was no exception. Last Friday night's benefit gala featured a top New York cabaret musical comedy team, Daugherty & Field, who have many credits to their name, including opening for Joan Rivers at Michael's Pub.
The duo scored again here, leaving Baltimore with high marks from Center Stage party planners Lynn Deering, Hillary Aidus Jacobs, Pat McMillin, Terry Morganthaler, Monica Sagner and Paul Wolman III.
Guests sipped champagne and enjoyed the show, followed by an elegant supper prepared by Classic Catering People, and dancing to the music of Split Decision. Among the hundreds of Center Stage supporters seen in the scene shop were Esther and Richard Pearlstone, Sherri and Douglas List, Sina and Hal Reid, Leslie and John Saxton, Margaret Alton, Bob and Pedie Killebrew, Genine and Josh Fidler and Penney and AC Hubbard.
This year's benefit raised $115,000. Proceeds go to support the theater's artistic and outreach programs.
I scanned the names and results of the recent Elkridge/Greenspring Golf Tournament and was delighted to see that an old friend, Doug Godine, and his Virginia Beach partner, Pat Standing, won the tournament. What the sports story didn't say was that Godine won the tournament playing left-handed and he won the very same tournament in 1968 playing right-handed. Doug's always been a real swinger!
WJZ's sportscaster John Buren will join a thousand runners who have signed up for GBMC's 3rd Annual Father's Day 5K and 1-mile fun run on Father's Day. There's still time for you to join GBMC's executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer Don Loftus; GBMC ophthalmologist Dr. Jim Kelly and urologist Dr. Edwin Epstein; Dr. Michael T. Scheerer and Dr. Alan Lanzo from the Greater Baltimore Sports Medicine and Rehab Center; Dr. Daniel Finkelstein from the Wilmer Institute; Franklin Square Hospital president Charles Mross; and Dr. Stephen Plantholt a cardiologist from St. Agnes.
The grand prize is accommodations for two at the Bahamas Princess Hotel to attend the Grand Bahamas 5000, another 5K race. Call 828-2773 to register.
I never knew until I talked to Richard Byrd, director of Neil Simon's female version of "The Odd Couple," which opens at F. Scott Black's Towsontown Dinner Theater on June 21, that Simon had ever written a female version of this delightful show.
Starring in this local production, which runs through Aug. 25, is well-known local actress Sheryl Ryanharrt, who plays the sloppy Olive and Jeannie Walden, former NBC producer/director and local New York actress, as neat Florence. They'll be joined onstage by June Thorne, Lillian Werden, Maryann Mitchell, Claire Gregory, Dave Guy and Byrd. (I'm told that Ryanharrt came home from rehearsal one day and began cleaning house like mad, saying she didn't want her house to begin looking like the set. Rehearsals were suspended this week so Jeannie could accompany her husband, Alan, on a Caribbean cruise to raise funds for the WBAL radio Kids Campaign and the Patriots of Fort McHenry restoration fund.)
Tickets for the show and buffet dinner are $23.95 weekdays and $25.95 weekends. Call 321-6595 for reservations.