I'm sure you've heard that the United Way of Central Maryland raised a record $39 million in its 1991 campaign. What you don't know is that a walloping $1.2 million of that money came from members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Central Maryland. This society, founded six years ago and named for a French nobleman who was impressed with American's volunteer spirit, is made up of the United Way's most generous individual donors.
Last weekend, the society's 1991 chairman, Henry Rosenberg, and his wife Dot entertained 79 donors who gave a minimum donation of $10,000 to this year's United Way Campaign.
Among those at the elegant cocktail buffet were Francine and Jim Brady, Maggie and Frank Bramble, Connie Caplan, Selma and Alan Cooper, Gail and Bill Daiger, Elnora and Harlow Fullwood, Sybil and Don Hebb, Pat and Buzzy Krongard, Alicia and Bob Kunisch, Barbara and Richard Linder, Darielle and Earl Linehan, Evelyn and Ray Haysbert, Nancy and Bob Harvey, Dee and Ted Peck, Cory and Stan Rothschild, Jim Zug, Patti and Jim Rouse, Jeanie and Michael Sullivan, and Ellen and Richard Sullivan.
And of course, the president of the United Way, Norm Taylor, and his wife Bea, the director of the Cloisters Museum, were delighted to be a part of a winning team in a losing year for many charitable organizations.
Last minute shopping for your valentine? How about a present that will last forever? An engraved brick that will be placed in the Baltimore's Best Sweetheart section of the Waterfront Promenade, which passes through the city's oldest neighborhoods on its way from Canton to Key Highway. This is part of the three-year Buy-A-Brick campaign to help complete the 7.5-mile walkway. Other sections are Baltimore's Best -- mother, father, friend, lover, husband or wife, etc.
Lots of Marylanders are buying bricks -- Bill Struever bought a valentine brick for his wife, Anne Riggle Struever, and so did Skip Brown for his new wife Christine. Ted Rouse bought one for his wife Lucy, and Laurie Schwartz got one for her husband Al Copp.
Call (410) 732-8155 if you're interested in buying an engraved brick ($50) for the love in your life. In June, the Baltimore Harbor Endowment folks are planning a "Brick Bash" to celebrate opening of the Broadway Pier Plaza section, and I'm sure all brick buyers will be invited.
AROUND TOWN: Apologies to Joseph F. Cox. Last Sunday's Casino Ball coverage had Cox working for the wrong commercial realtor, and he wants one and all to know that he's still with Latshaw Commercial . . .
Heads turned at the Walters Art Gallery recently as docent Hannah Gould took Paul Winfield and a dozen others from the cast of "A Few Good Men" on a highlight tour of the gallery. I'm told Winfield organizes museum trips in most of his tour cities . . .
February 22 is the date of this year's Bartender's Ball at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn. Channel 2's Mary Beth Marsden is the honorary chair of the ball, which will again benefit United Cerebral Palsy.
From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., you can eat, drink and dance. Contact Ann Cartenuto, (410) 484-4540, for tickets, which are $85 a person.