MOVERS AND SHAKERS: People helping people is what the House with a Heart is all about. And what's so neat about the House with a Heart project, which will benefit Maryland's homeless, is that we all have a chance to win. All it takes is a lot of luck and a little money -- $10 for a ticket, and anyone could win a lovely new home in Seven Oaks, a new community in Anne Arundel County.
The raffle drawing will be held at the house on Oct. 26 and it should be quite a show, especially if Barbara Bush says yes to Gov. William Donald Schaefer's invitation to draw the winning ticket. Chairing this project, which hopefully will raise more than $250,000 for Action for the Homeless, is Lou Grasmick, who has done a fantastic job getting all the donations for this project.
Grasmick and Cathy Lyness, director of the project, hosted a thank-you party for many of those people at the house last week. Party-goers included Lou's wife Nancy, and his son Grant; Brian Blough, Stu Cline and Jim McEneaney and his wife Nancy Smith, from the Ryland Group, who donated the House; Cookie and Martha Halle of the Halle Companies, donors of the land; Ed and Kathy St. John, MIE Development; Michael Thomason from Mandrin Construction, who donated the driveway, apron and sidewalk; Joyce Griffith and Kathy Fine from Papier Interior design, who decorated the house; Karen Connolley, Presidential Builders, who donated the dec. I could go on and on.
If you'd like to buy a ticket, call Action for the Homeless, 467-3800, or stop by any office of O'Conor Piper & Flynn or Household Bank.
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: "Footloose and fancy, but not free..." is what Abby Lazarus plans to call her new free-lance public relations/promotions business she's beginning after Jan. 1. This very capable lady is retiring from the March of Dimes after 22 years of generating wonderful publicity for that organization. Hers will be large shoes to fill.
The First Kids' Convention held in Towson last week was said to be a smashing success. And part of that success must go to people like Jean and Charlie Thomas, who were given Gold Star Awards for their contributions. Charlie, a former Boumi Shrine Potentate, raised about $10,000 for the event, while Jean, former owner of Val-Jay Beauty Salon, worked for 12 hours giving children free haircuts.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: I would have loved to have been the flower in the middle of a certain table at the Center Club last week. Tom Clancy, author of "Patriot Games," "Hunt for Red October," etc., was lunching with Chip Mason, CEO of Legg Mason, and Herb Fried, COB of Doner Advertising.
Corbi's of Italy was a busy place to see and be seen this past week. First to stop by was Zenon, artistic director for Helene Curtis Attractions and internationally known Australian-born hair care professional. He came to town to teach stylists from all over the country the latest in hair fashion trends.
Classes were held at Studio Giovanna, a nifty new beauty salon in Towson. Between sips of wine, Zenon quipped that Baltimore is finally a trendsetter and no longer the hair spray capital of the world.
Next on the Italian eating scene was one of the country's newest talk show hosts, Montel Williams, who was accompanied by an entourage. Some folks who stopped by were Williams' proud parents, Herman and Marjorie; Arnold J. Kleiner, Channel 2 vice president and general manager; Walter Amprey, city school superintendent; Beverly Smith, Black Entertainment TV; and Mayor Kurt Schmoke. The mayor made no promises when Williams asked if all city offices could be supplied with television sets and city employees given an hour break between 11 and noon to watch his show on Channel 2.
BIRTHDAYS: Former Oriole Mike Boddicker, today; Channel 2's Kim Skeen, Thursday; Q-105's Gerry O'Brian, Monday; WCBM's Shay Stevens, Thursday.