ALL THAT SPARKLES: If you'd like to add some sparkle to your holiday season and also help others, here's a suggestion: The Discover Shop at 5911 York Road, which sells new and used clothes year round to benefit the American Cancer Society, has been given 75 new party dresses in a variety of sizes and styles. Velvet, sequins, strapless and spaghetti strap, long and short dresses which range in price from $60 to $120. Those dresses, along with about 225 more bridal and prom dresses that will be sold at a later date, were donated to the American Cancer Society by Jacob A. Klitenic of Modern Formal Wear in the Harford Mall, who is retiring after 50 years in business.
For the men in the family, the shop has received another generous donation of 30 new suits and 50 new sports coats from J. Schoenemans. Sandy Esslinger from the American Cancer Society says all of the clothes are reduced in price at least 50 percent, and some even more. The shop is across from the Senator Theatre and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to cancer research, public education and patient services.
NEAT CHIC: OGGI is a little shop at 330 North Charles St. chocked full of neat items. Its owners, Elaine and Frederick Miller, came up with a clever shop within a shop called the Spoiled Brats corner. You'll find unique collectibles such as tin wind-up toys, toy place settings from the Museum of Modern Art, and lots of other interesting knick-knacks.
KUDOS to Alan Villaverde, vice president and general manager of the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel. He was named Hotelier of the Year by the Maryland Hotel and Motel Association. The award is based on community involvement, overall success of hotel management, impact on the hotel industry and participation in the association. Villaverde certainly fills the bill in all those categories.
DREAM MAKER: Trahan, Burden & Charles creative director Allan Charles has learned that dreams can come true. Little did he know when he came up with the clever "It Could Be You" Maryland Lottery commercial, that it would be him. No, he didn't win the lottery, but Charles did win the coveted London International Advertising Award, in the entertainment category, for that lottery commercial.
SANTA'S SESAME STREET: Treat your little ones to a visit to Westview Mall for a first-hand look at a Sesame Street Christmas. Alan J. Fink, the mall's general manager, got the idea for the Sesame Street theme from his two daughters, Julie, 4, and Katie, 2, who watch the program daily. He called on mall decorating expert Gordon Becker, who re-created the actual television Main Street and filled the mall with the likes of Bert and Ernie. Stop by tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m., when Westview is hosting its family day celebration featuring storytelling, holiday music and appearances by Santa.
MOXIE FOXIE: Eclectic, that chi-chi men's store at the Gallery, is having a celebrity sale tomorrow. B-104's GM Jim Fox, one of the store's best customers, is working from noon to 4 p.m.. Eclectic will donate 10 percent of what Fox sells to the Maryland Food Committee.
SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP: Wouldn't it seem like a dream come true if you could go to a shopping mall and buy everything you wanted this Christmas? Thanks to a listener's contest sponsored by radio station WPOC, that happened to Jill and Doug Bumgardner of Rosedale. There were 200 potential winners present when Santa announced Jill had won the $10,000 holiday shopping spree at Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie.
WPOC provided the Bumgardners with a limo and a Gold Mastercard with a $10,000 line of credit. The young couple bought televisions, camcorders, computers, all kinds of linens, including Dalmatian sheets for 1-year-old Timmy, building supplies, sporting goods, clothes and enough food to stock their freezer for about a year.
OUR GAL FRIDAY
NAME: Dr. Beatrice Taylor
CLAIM TO FAME: New director of the Cloisters Children's Museum
HOME LIFE: Married to Norman Taylor, executive director of United Way Central Maryland; daughter Kim and son Owen
PASSIONS: Reading, walking, museums
QUOTE: "Museums can nourish learning in early childhood."