S.O.S. message is: Save our skipjacks


November 01, 1991|By Sylvia Badger

S.O.S . . . In 1881, there were more than 1,500 skipjacks sailing in Maryland waters. Now there are 25. If Dennis O'Brien, who founded the Lady Maryland Foundation to change the lives of kids who may have lost their way, has anything to say about it, the Chesapeake Bay will again be filled with our official state ship. Tomorrow night, Gov. William Donald Schaefer will join 600 guests at the Save Our Skipjacks (S.O.S.) Gala, where they hope to raise $200,000 to kick off the million-dollar campaign to save the endangered vessels.

Charles Kuralt was supposed to have been the special guest, but he was called away to the Middle East peace conference, so CBS is sending Mark Phillips instead. Money raised from the gala goes to the Lady Maryland Foundation Maritime Institute, where work on the existing skipjacks and the building of others will be done by students. More on the gala and just who was there Tuesday!

SEEN ON THE SCENE: After an illustrious career in Baltimore County government, Stanley Guild Jr., retired as deputy administrative officer, got his official send-off at a party at Oregon Ridge. Arnold Jablon, director of Zoning Administration and Development Management, and Guild's long-time secretary Roberta Howard, planned the party and decided a car phone was what he needed most. Guild and his wife Jan, daughter Claudia and son- and daughter-in-law Pete and Carol, greeted an array of old friends: Fred Homan, Baltimore County Director of Budget; James Gibson, Baltimore County Director of Finance; Steve Powell, Management and Budget Director for Carroll County; and Alan Schuman, Carroll County Community College Director of Administration, of all of whom began their careers working for Guild.

Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden stopped by with his chief of staff, Judy Scheper, to declare Oct. 24 Stanley Guild Day in Baltimore County, in recognition of Guild's 34 years of service. Other well-wishers in attendance were Councilman Dutch Ruppersberger; Bebe Kernan, Data Chromatics vice president; Camille Wheeler, Baltimore County Director of Social Services; Carroll McComas, Baltimore Director of Personnel; and Dr. Peggy Sherrard, Baltimore County health officer.

NEEDED BOOTY: Sherrill Nash and Suzanne Wills began Boots for Baltimore four years ago, after the Church of the Redeemer was asked for help by a shelter provider. Within weeks, the church community contributed enough money to buy hundreds of pairs of boots for homeless people. Last winter, they distributed 700 pairs and this year the goal is to purchase at least 1,000 pairs. If you'd like to help, send your tax-deductible check for $25 to Boots for Baltimore, 5603 North Charles St., Baltimore 21210.

HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: There seems to be no end to the talents of BSO maestro David Zinman. Lately, he's been conducting recording sessions of "The Nutcracker" music with the New York City Ballet orchestra. Rumors are that the music will be used in a film of this favorite Christmastime story, danced by the New York City Ballet and due out by Christmas 1992. I hear the project is a joint venture between Nonesuch Records, which has recorded Zinman conducting a variety of orchestras, and "a number of investors."

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: Linda Koch Lorimer, president of Randolph-Macon Woman's College and president of the national Women's College Coalition, made up of 70 women's colleges, will be in Baltimore Wednesday for a celebration. She'll join more than 200 Baltimore alumnae of Randolph-Macon at the Harborview Marina & Yacht Club to celebrate the school's centennial.

Sandy Coats Morrel, co-chair of the Baltimore area fund-raising campaign for the school, says the party is also a celebration of the school's successful $40 million national campaign. Morrel says $6 million still needs to be raised, and she and Nan Black Ulle are spearheading that drive in the Baltimore area.

Our Guy Friday

NAME: G. Dennis O'Brien

fTC CLAIM TO FAME: Sets a goal, understands the territory and gets it done.

WORK LIFE: President and founder of the Lady Maryland Foundation.

PASSIONS: Outdoors stuff, sailing and windsurfing on the edge.

HEROES: My fifth grade teacher, Mr. Whitman; my Camp Deerwood counselor and mentor, Ferris Thomsen; my two sons, George and Pat.

QUOTE: "When in doubt, full speed ahead."

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