THANKS to the efforts of our gal Friday, Pat Krongard, the Baltimore Mounted Patrol Foundation is a reality. This non-profit foundation has been established to support the Mounted Patrol Unit of the Baltimore Police Department, which for your information is one of the oldest continuous units in the country, dating back to 1888. This project has the blessings of Police Commissioner Ed Woods, who named Col. Joseph Newman as his liaison with the foundation.
Foundation members Mrs. Krongard, Frank Bonsal Jr., Nick Brown, George Mahoney Jr., Joe Gillet, Mrs. Mary Charlotte Parr, Mrs. Parker Twist, Mrs. Holly Rich, Mrs. Ellie Schapiro, Mrs. Terry Nolan, Brian Rutledge, Harvey Goolsby, Mrs. Margaret Worrall, Mr. and Mrs. H. Turney McKnight and Wil Sirota were invited to visit the stables earlier this week. On hand to answer questions were police officers Capt. J.A. Durner III, Sgt. J.G. Giza, Officer J.E. Sheppard and several other members of the Mounted Patrol, all of whom seemed pleased with the project.
The foundation plans to augment the city's budget for the unit and help with short-term goals, such as higher quality horses, blankets, uniform tack and a new horse trailer. Long-range goals include helping the police acquire new stabling and training facilities.
All of these needs will cost money, so stay tuned for some innovative fund-raisers to benefit the Mounted Patrol that should be fun for the whole family to attend.
GOOD VIBES: A kick-off luncheon to plan "An Evening with Roberta Flack" on Feb. 29 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall took place recently at the home of Marcie Abell, a board member of Advocates for Children and Youth. Sounds like this group has picked a real winner for a fund-raiser, because more than 1,300 tickets have already been sold. If you are interested in attending this benefit for Advocates for Children and Youth, Court Appointed Special Advocates and Maryland Friends of Foster Children Foundation, call 547-9200. Tickets are $100 (which includes a champagne dessert reception following the concert), $50 and $25.
GRATUITY NOT INCLUDED: It's office party time and, again this year, I'll be a guest bartender at the World's Largest Office Party on Dec. 18 at the Hyatt Regency. The Baltimore Arena's PR whiz Edie Brown and I will be preparing drinks from 5-6 p.m, so stop by and let us fix you a drink. We're working for tips, which will benefit the Ronald McDonald charities and the WBAL Kids Campaign. Admission is $6, but you must buy drink and food tickets. Come on down, there's lots of good music and good company.
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Bob Moke, former WLIF-FM radio program director, who eased WLIF out of its easy-listening format so gently that most listeners didn't know it was happening, has gone to Washington to do the same thing for WGAY-FM. If my spies are correct, that means there will not be an easy-listening format in either Washington or Baltimore.
Money's tight, so Mary Foster is pleased with the more than $36,000 raised for her favorite charity, The Caring Program, at "The Buddy Holly Story" opening night party this past week. This organization provides health services for children of the "working poor."
WEEKEND GLIMPSE: The ever-popular Zim Zemarel Orchestra is taking its big-band sounds to the Chester River Yacht and Country Club tomorrow evening for a holiday dance to benefit the Kent Association of Riding Therapy (KART). This group is one of 450 nationally accredited centers for therapeutic riding for mentally and physically handicapped children and adults. For seven years, KART has worked with the handicapped in Kent and Queen Anne's counties, including Camp Fairlee, an Easter Seal facility. Festive attire is suggested for the gala, which costs $75 a couple.
BIRTHDAYS: House of Delegates members Tony Edward Fulton, Brian McHale and Marsha Perry, all Dec. 9.
Our Gal Friday
CLAIM TO FAME: Founded Baltimore Mounted Patrol Foundation
HOME LIFE: Married to Alex Brown & Son Vice Chairman and CEO Alvin B. "Buzzy" Brown
PASSIONS: Family and friends
HEROES: Teacher, writer and photographer Karen Carroll, Maryland Institute College of Art
QUOTE: "Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." (Goethe)