Larry Adam Jr. spends his free time feeding the hungry, 0) hosting a cable show
Don't expect to find Larry Adam Jr. washing cars or watching football on the weekends.
Instead, the senior vice president at Dean Witter Reynolds pursues another hobby: collecting food and money for the hungry.
"I'm amazed at how many people want to help out at Thanksgiving and Christmas. But the less fortunate have 363 days to worry about," says the Fallston father of three.
To aid in the fight, he founded Harvest for the Hungry five years ago. With an army of volunteers -- from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland to the Internal Revenue Service -- he is expected to help raise $1 million in food and cash donations for the Maryland Food Bank this year.
What's his secret?
"I've heard it said that it's kind of hard to say no to me," Mr. Adam, 50, says with a laugh.
The more serious answer may be the enthusiasm he brings to the cause. He spends his weeknights fielding calls about the year-round campaign and weekends mapping out long-term strategies. In between, he finds time to host "Money Matters," a consumer information cable show.
"I'm a charged battery," he says. "I never want to hear why we can't do something. I want to hear how we're going to do it."
Tamara Lee was cleaning the bathroom floor when the idea hit her.
"Wow," she thought as she swept the black and gold tiles, "This is a great design. I could incorporate it on a barrette."
The Windsor Hills bead artist makes no apologies for her sources inspiration; in fact, she revels in seeing jewelry patterns in everything from secondhand lamp shades to stained glass windows.
"The lesson is: You don't have to go too far to get ideas," says Ms. Lee, 30, whose jewelry is in a show at Tomlinson Craft Collection in Mount Vernon.
She began stringing beads at age 8 but decided to sell her work only after friends pestered her. A licensed day-care provider, she often unwinds by making cabochon brooches and earrings at night.
Eventually she hopes to see Tamara Lee designs hanging in art galleries. She admits, however, there's one drawback: "The problem for me is I do one-of-a-kind pieces, and I want to keep everything for myself."
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