Last weekend was a social whirlwind. First stop was Stouffer's where "Gala '92, Miracles on Charles Street," a black-tie dinner dance to benefit the Cancer Center at GBMC was held. The gala was chaired by Carroll Knott, who was there with her husband, Jimmy, and several tables filled with Knotts and friends. The event honored the hospital's five former chiefs of staff -- Dr. John E. Savage, Dr. Everett S. Diggs, Dr. Melchijah Spragins, Dr. John M. McGovern and Dr. Alfred T. Nelson. The hospital's current chief of staff, Dr. L. Myrton Gaines, and his wife, Sandi, held forth at their table, before Dr. Gaines feted his predecessors with eloquent remarks.
Tom Sullivan, president of the GBMC Foundation, and his wife, Kim, were helpful and pointed out the honorees: Mel Spragins and his wife, Betsey; Margaret McGovern, wife of the late Dr. McGovern; Everett Diggs and his wife, Emma Carroll; and Alfred Nelson and his wife,Rosalie, attended the gala. Dr. Savage, who is living in Georgia, was unable to attend. More than 550 people, raising approximately $150,000 for the Cancer Center.
The gala is another project of the 500-member Volunteer Auxiliary led by president Patricia Dobry, who was there with her husband, Ted. These are the same folks who bring us the popular "Nearly New" sales, and the next one just happens to open May 9.
Hors d'oeuvres and silent auction items attracted guests Nancy and Kenneth Klueh, Doug and Kathie Dollenberg, Michael and )) Nora Yaggy, Dr. Gary Cohen and wife, Charlene; Dr. Mac Mitchell and wife, Carol; Dr. Robert Palermo and wife, Patricia; Dr. Dale Buchbinder and wife, Sharon; Dr. Pedro Garcia and wife, Sonia; and Dr. Charlie Shaw and wife, Eve. The Shaws came to the gala because Dr. Savage delivered their two sons, Chip and Harry, and Dr. Nelson was the attending anesthesiologist.
Oh, yes, for those of you who bought the $100 raffle tickets for the 1992 BMW/525i, a longtime GBMC employee, Evelyne Freund, won the car, but she opted for the $40,000 instead because she doesn't drive.
* From Stouffer's, I went to the Baltimore School for the Arts for its annual fund-raiser, "Expressions." This is always a fun party because it gives guests a taste of what it's like to be in the spotlight. If you've ever wanted to play an instrument, act, sing, dance or create a fancy hat, you can do it at Expressions.
This year I had more fun watching others express themselves. For example, Jackie McLean, city comptroller, and Lainy LeBow, the governor's appointments secretary, were star quality dancers; Nancy Brennan, executive director of City Life Museums, tried playing the trombone; Lola Jones, owner of the salon Lola Inc., created a snappy chapeau, and WMAR-TV's Tony Pagnotti shared his splendid voice with all who would listen.
Others enjoying the creative food prepared by Gail Kaplan and the Classic Catering People were Bailey and Stanley Fine, Sally and Butch Michel, Bob Keller, Mary Ann Mears and Bob Embry, Linda and Marcellus Alexander, Kathy Hardiman, Carol and Bean Sibel, Kathy Hillman and Marsha Becker.
* AROUND TOWN: Former "Today Show" and "20/20" correspondent Roger Caras will be at Waldenbooks at the Hunt Valley Mall on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. He'll be signing copies of his new book, "A Dog Is Listening," and chatting with fans about his role as "top dog" for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. . . . Lacrosse fans take note. Saturday night is the last home game for the Baltimore Thunder at the Baltimore Arena, unless the team qualifies for the playoffs. The Thunder will be playing Philadelphia and its star player John Tucker, who also happens to be Gilman's lacrosse coach; he is retiring from professional lacrosse after this season. Immediately following the game is the annual Thunder Thighs contest, where the Thunder players parade across the arena floor displaying their thighs for a panel of judges. (Nope, I'm not one. I don't have the judicial temperament for the job.) Tim Welsh, last year's winner, will be defending his crown . . .
Some of the best of the old-time rock and rollers will be on stage at the Lyric for two shows, 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday night. Eddie Kendrick and Dennis Edwards "The Way You Do the Things You Do"; Little Anthony "Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop"; Lou Christie, "The Gypsy Cried"; Martha and the Vandellas, "Heat Wave"; the Drifters "There Goes My Baby" and WQSR-radio's Steve Rouse, "Schaefer Got Run Over by a Reindeer," will be performing your favorites.