How would you like to help fill the African Water Hole at the Baltimore Zoo? That's the goal of those who'll be attending "Laffs for Giraffes," a comedy fund-raiser for the zoo at the Slapstix Comedy Club tonight at 8:30 p.m.
Like everything else, budget cuts have threatened to delay the opening of the water hole, which will be home to rhinos, zebras, antelopes and exotic African birds, so Lee Nardyz and Tom Rivers of the Comedy Club joined forces with 98 Rock's Ed Kiernan and Russ Mottla to sponsor the fund-raiser.
Comics expected to perform include: Brett Harlow, Darryl Knight, Jeff Caldwell, John Marks and Bob Somerby. It has to be the best buy in town at $5. Maybe that's why they're planning a small auction between acts to help raise a little more money. Slapstix is located at 34 Market Place in the Brokerage, and you must be 21 or older to attend. Call (410) 659-SLAP for reservations. Tickets will be available at the door.
A very special annual awards dinner takes place at Martin'West on March 3 at 6 p.m. It's the 14th anniversary of the Ed Block Courage Awards Dinner which will honor 28 NFL football players selected for demonstrating courageous spirit in the face of adversity.
Here are a few of the players being honored -- Mike Utley, the Detroit Lions guard who suffered a freak fall in last year's Nov. 17 game against the Rams that left him paralyzed from the chest down; John Mackey, new inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame; David Alexander, Philadelphia Eagles center who sprained his right knee in 1990; and John Rade, Atlanta Falcons linebacker who had suffered a nagging hip injury before he damaged his knee in 1991.
Every player at the dinner has shown incredible strength and is a wonderful example of courage. If you'd like to attend and meet the players and coaches like Dave Shula, head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, or Chuck Noll, former head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, call (410) 661-3222 or (410) 666-9219 for tickets, which are $60.
Before this year is over, we'll know more about the Anne Arundel Medical Center than we've ever known. That's because a committee has been formed to plan a variety of activities to celebrate the hospital, which is beginning its 90th year of operation. The committee kicked off a year of celebrations recently at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. It was 90 years ago on Feb. 17 that a group of civic-minded women founded the Annapolis Emergency Hospital. The committee is led by board chairman Rebecca Clatanoff, a board member since 1961, and vice-chair Margaret Ellis, also of Annapolis.
Others on the committee are Dr. Frank Alduino, George Benson, Dr. Philip Briscoe, Carl Brunetto, Fran Counihan, Ralph Crosby, Joyce Disharoon, Martin Doordan, Phil Evans, Mary Felter, Ann Fligsten, Lisa Hillman, Electa Holland, George Hughes, Jane Jacobsen, Dr. Elizabeth Kessel, Dr. Jon Lowe, Jane McWilliams, Donna Olfson, Nancy Osius, Marlene Prendergast, Virginia Schaun, George Shenk, Dr. Gregory Stiverson and Marion Warren.
The Baltimore Ronald McDonald House, which has received $70,000 from the Scott Paper Co. over the last nine years, was the recipient of a check for $12,649 from the company at a party held there recently. On hand to personally thank the company was former Colts lineman, the Rev. Joe Ehrmann, who was influential in the founding of Baltimore's Ronald McDonald House. Among those at the celebration were Jackie Mansfield, editor of Food World magazine, and Charlie Thomas, John McDermott, Ben Spotts, Brad Storck and Wayne Lupus.
Julie Evins, a graphics designer at the Walters, was among thmuseum's employees who participated in the recent "People to People" food relief project, which was hatched by the Faberge Arts Foundation. Contributions of food went to employees of six museums in Moscow and St. Petersburg . . . Congratulations to Marc Dubin, a jeweler with J. Brown Jewelers, and Carla Pifer, a Willis Corroon account executive, who won the Leukemia Society's Man and Woman of the Year titles. Dubin raised $22,000 and Pifer, $4,600.