THE WORLD'S Largest Office Party, sponsored by the Hyatt Regency Hotel, raised $13,500 to be split between the Ronald McDonald Children's Charities and the WBAL Kids' Campaign. This successful event attracted nearly 1,900 guests, who paid $6 to get in and then bought their drinks at bars scattered around the ballroom, which were manned by local business people and area celebrities.
I worked my shift with the Baltimore Arena's Edie Brown, and we did very well in tips, thanks to customers like George Acton, Winner Distributing, aka the Bud Man; Wayne Chappel, Baltimore Convention Bureau; Jack Scheeler, Defense Department; Gail Blumenfeld, Ikea; Clark Jeunette, Harbor Hospital; and Darlene Tupaj, state comptroller's office.
Some of the volunteer mixologists were Vernard Wynn, Winner Distributing Co.; Joe Herbert, BWI airport; Baltimore County Delegate Leslie Hutchinson; David Gillece, Patton, Boggs & Blow; Tom Kernan, Alexander & Alexander; Leonard Attman, Attman Properties; Domenec Mobilio and Chris Kelderman, Baltimore Blast; Mark Hoffman, Tim Welsh and T.J. Johnson, Baltimore Thunder; Michael Sullivan, Merry-Go-Round Enterprises; Arthur Silber, Sterling Bank; Brian Lazarus, Nards Rock & Roll Revue, Brian Lewbart, Downtown Partnership, and a host of WBAL radio personalities like Allan Prell, Alan Walden and Ron Smith.
There are many people who volunteer to help others all through the year, so I'd like to salute some of our community's unsung heroes who quietly do their bit to make life a little more cheerful for others.
Registered nurse Christine Roberge, at Harbor Hospital Center, will be working tonight and maybe Christmas Day too. This is the third Christmas that Roberge has volunteered to stay with her cancer patients at the hospital so other nurses could be home with their families.
Dick Rudolph, owner of The Towson Bootery, founded Citizen's Outreach for Baltimore County (COBCO) in the mid '70s and gave food baskets to five needy families that year. This year, they sent gift certificates and boxes of food to more than 1,000 families. Rudolph says he couldn't do it without the help of Detective Bill Welsh, Kathy and John Gattus, and Eric Dott.
Ted Eschmann has been entertaining Goodwill customers at its functions for years. Often, Eschmann must take a day off from work to don the paint and powder to become Elmo, the clown.
AJohn McWilliams, People with Aids Inc., organized a toy drive for kids with AIDS.
Lois and Mark Rosenfield have served Christmas Day dinners fothe Salvation Army for the past eight years. (Lois is the former chairman of the board for the Salvation Army)
Ardabella "Billy" Fox, community volunteer, visited three Veterans Hospitals last week to deliver 750 poinsettias to sick vets.
Clarenceaux "Tucky" Simmons is a daily volunteer at Our Daily Bread, and I bet he'll be there tomorrow to serve Christmas dinner from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m.
Thelma Wyatt is called Goodwill's Gal Friday because she will take on any job, large or small. Goodwill says that she is one of their most faithful volunteers.
When Morton Brotman moved into an apartment, he sent all of his old clothes to Goodwill to give to the homeless.
B-104 deejay Larry Wax, who with the help of his wife, Kelly, an his mom, Judy, played Santa to lots of Baltimore families who had written to the station asking for help.
Shirley Harley has recruited hundreds of volunteers for Goodwill from C&P telephone for more than 17 years.
wish everyone could be as happy this Christmas as I am. My daughter , Anne, gave the whole family a wonderful Christmas present last week, when she gave birth to John Francis Simanski III.