Ocean kayaks, original paintings, decoys, hunting guns, sailboards, boats and even a Vietnamese potbelly pig were among the items auctioned at the fifth annual benefit for Waterfowl U.S.A.
The dinner, sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Chapter of Waterfowl U.S.A., was chaired by Dr. John Mitcherling. Maryland bucks for Maryland ducks is their theme, and members point out that 80 percent of the money they raise goes directly to Maryland waterfowl and wetlands projects.
Nearly 400 members and their guests gathered at the Timonium Holiday Inn and had a wild time raising money for Maryland wildlife. Where else could you go and be entertained by Pete Rossing, world champion goose/duck caller, in lieu of cocktail hour music? Silent auction and raffle winners were announced by raffle chairs Hans Wilhelmsen Jr. and Richard Taylor, while I was still enjoying delicious Chincoteague oysters and smoked duck with wild rice stuffing.
Sitting nearby were Jeannie and Neil Pohlhaus and their guests, Sue and Timothy Battery, from Bristol, England; retired Circuit Judge Bucky Buchanan and his wife, Ella May, who bought a retirement toy -- a Yamaha Waverunner 4000; Judge John Turnbull and his wife, Ann, who were high bidders on a camouflage portable telephone; Col. Bill White, who introduced me to a member of the Blue and Gray Hunting Club, Capt. Ed Darwin, owner of the fishing boat, Becky D.
Judy and Tom Matte left with a couple of decoys; Steve Weiss won Skipjacks tickets and a hockey stick; and Brian and Katie Sorrentino bought a bronze of a pointer, setter and a pheasant.
Others with whom I chatted between auction bids were Chip Chew, Dennis Wedekind, Bill Schmidt, Maria and Bill Vitale, Betty Ann and John Howard, Phyllis Lake, Dr. Hans Wilhelmsen, Leah Faust and Jimmy Proutt.
As I left, I took a free nesting box, which will be put up at my Eastern Shore home this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed and maybe we'll hatch some baby ducks.
I recently attended the St. Paul's School for Girls' fashion show and have decided that this show is such a success because it lets parents of children who wear uniforms see what's in style for their children. Trisha Sitler-Kolker and Dee Bendos are to be congratulated for putting together such a professional show where all the models are parents, students, siblings and alumnae.
Spring Promenade 1992, which attracted hundreds of people to the Hunt Valley Inn, is the Parents Association's largest fund-raiser and the money is used to purchase items on the faculty wish list.
It's impossible to name all the models, but here are a few: Cathy Brummer, president of the Parents Association, and her daughter, Nicole, '94; Annette Paterakis with Toni and Stefanie, '97; Rebecca Mix, '94, whose mom, Virginia, did a great job handling the seating and reservations committee; and Xandy Hoff Waesche, '79, with her children, Roger, Charlie and Church.
I enjoyed seeing friends Mary Anna Maguire; Marge Brennan; Marcie Watts with her daughter-in-law, Nancy Watts; Ted Herget with his daughter, Kelly, and her friend, Anne Taylor; Gail Chrzan; Shirley Hooper; Zoe O'Connell; Koula Savvakis; Lil Conklin; Ruth Miller; and headmistress Lila Lohr, who looked lovely modeling a period costume.
James R. Walker, CEO and president of North Arundel Hospital, announced that the $105,000 raised at its recent Mardi Gras Ball will be used to buy operating room equipment in memory of the late John Padussis, an active board member for 20 years.
Members of the Padussis family, Lanelle Padussis-Fisher, Rose Padussis of Annapolis and Dr. Constantine Padussis of Severna Park, were at the ball when Wilfred T. Azar, chairman of the board of directors, and Joel Fedder, Mardi Gras chairman, unveiled a plaque in Padussis' honor.
Azar also praised Alfred J. Bryan Jr, recently retired CEO-president of the hospital, for his 29 years of active duty. Bryan will continue to serve as an adviser and board member.
The dance was so much fun because 150 of the 900 guests really got into the spirit of the event and donned interesting costumes. Paul Wolman of P. W. Feats emceed the costume contest, where guests vied for a weekend stay at the Hyatt Regency.
Some of the participants were Dr. Arthur Gudwin and his wife, Patricia; Vicki and Chuck Estep of Arnold; Dr. Sergio Alvarez and his wife, Ellenor; Dr. Charles Denny and his wife, Carol; and Carla and Jerard Fleming of Pasadena who won the contest dressed as Napoleon and Josephine.
The swing's the thing if you want to play golf. And if yours needs little work, stop by the Towson Center at Towson State University this weekend for the Baltimore Golf and Travel Show. The show's producer Jonathon Witty says this is Baltimore's only golf show for consumers and will feature more than 70 booths chock full of golfing info. Plus there are indoor putting greens, swing analyzers, videotapes of your strokes and demonstrations Arizona-based pro David Williams. Admission is $5, and children under 12 are free.