RUNNING FOR HOME: What do Laurie Williamson, Adrianna Orsulak and Renee Milligan have in common? Well, besides being attractive and married to star Oriole players (Mark, Joe and Randy), they are "doers." You can catch their act on Saturday when they man the phones for the fifth annual Hits for the Homeless telethon on WMAR-TV (Channel 2).
The Orsulaks and Milligans, honorary spokespeople for this year's event, are hoping to top the $42,000 raised last year. Channel 2's Tony Pagnotti will begin the show at 6:30 p.m., before the Orioles take on the Seattle Mariners at Memorial Stadium.
As you're sitting there comfy in your home, having dinner and getting ready to watch the game on TV, you might stop to consider that there are thousands of homeless people in Maryland who need your help. So call the station with your pledges for the homeless. The first dozen people to pledge more than $100 will receive Hall of Fame baseballs as souvenirs.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Baltimore Operation Sail rolled out the red carpet this week for Capt. Gennady Kolomensky and the officers and cadets of the Soviet tall ship Kruzenshtern. The visit has been marked by a whirlwind of activity: cocktail and dinner parties, athletic events such as volleyball and soccer games staged at Oldfields, Loyola and the Downtown Athletic Club, and scientific exchanges with the help of the Christopher Columbus Center's Lee Tawney and Stan Heuisler, the Maryland Biotechnology Institute and the Coast Guard.
This visit required a tremendous amount of planning, not to mention the financial help of CSX Intermodal and Stouffer Harborplace Hotel.
On Tuesday evening, CSX, United Parcel Service and George S. Wills & Associates hosted a party aboard the 378-foot-long ship, which made it under the Key Bridge with only a two-foot clearance. About 75 people were invited, on behalf of the International Visitors Center, for a delightful party catered by Harvey ("Harvey's of Greenspring Station") Sugarman.
Invited guests included Neil Porter, president of CSX; Susan and Norman Molz, he's a Westinghouse veep; Sherril Nash, Op Sail volunteer; Ted Mathison, State Aviation Administration; Suzanne O'Hatnick, president of IVC; Randy Evans, Secretary of Economic and Employment Development; Robert Neubert, Ernst & Young; Mike Mueller and Bob Pollack, Proctor & Gamble; Henry Rosenberg, Crown Central Petroleum; Dr. Donald Langenberg, chancellor, University of Maryland, and his wife, Dr. Patricia Langenberg; Adrian Teel, Maryland Port Administration; Bill Scott, UPS; George and Suzanne Wills, Wills & Associates; Greg and Lisa Barnhill, Op Sail president; Dan Baker, president and CEO of Tate Industries, and his wife Pat; Walter Townshend, president of the Baltimore/Washington corridor Chamber of Commerce, and his wife Cheryl; Mary Ann Smith, First National ** Bank of Maryland; and John McCaughey, president of M.S. Willet & Company, and his wife Nina.
If you have your passport and can pack fast, you can leave on the Kruzenshtern next Tuesday, July 23. Mary Sue McCarthy, executive director of Operation Sail, says it's an opportunity of a lifetime. For $1,800, you can sail for 29 days to Bremerhaven, Germany, as a working crew member or strictly as a guest. If you're interested, call Mary Sue at 752-8632.
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Take me out to the ballgame sounds good, even if you're almost 100 like Al Herman, who loves baseball. His room at the Pikesville Nursing and
Convalescent Center is decorated with O's pennants and he can tell you all about his favorite players, Cal Ripken Jr., Dave Johnson and Bob Melvin.
Tonight is special for Al because he's going to the Orioles/Mariner game, thanks to the folks at the center, who gave him the ticket as a birthday present. Before the game, in the Orioles' office lounge, some of the players will stop by for a piece of birthday cake with Al and his friends.
Our Gal Friday
NAME: Norma Pinette
CLAIM TO FAME: Executive director of Action for the Homeless
WORK LIFE: It's rewarding and challenging.
PASSIONS: Dancing, flowers and my work.
HEROES: Ordinary people who act on their beliefs.
QUOTE: "It's worth remembering that we are all neighbors."