Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, the chairman of Merry-Go-Round Enterprises Inc. who has been in the news for his attempts to buy the Orioles and obtain a new football franchise for Baltimore, has made a $25,000 contribution to the United Way of Central Maryland's 1991 campaign.
Yesterday, United Way spokesman Mel Tansill announced the gift, which was made in the names of Weinglass and his wife, Pepper.
The money will be used to help support more than 300 health and human services in Baltimore and the five surrounding counties, Tansill said.
Since the 1991 campaign began three weeks ago, Weinglass has become the fourth member of the United Way's Alexis de Tocqueville Society, which includes individuals who have contributed $10,000 or more.
"This speaks to Boogie's commitment to this community," Tansill said. "It's a substantial individual gift that makes an immediate impact."
Weinglass was approached by the United Way during its annual recruitment of local corporate leaders who could give $10,000 or more, Tansill said.
He added that this was Weinglass' first large contribution to the United Way.