Toys are good medicine


March 22, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

In case you haven't heard, there's a toy drive going on, and 23-year-old Brigette Magee of Baltimore wants to collect enough toys to fill the airplane she's taking to Jerusalem at the end of FTC March. She'll be in Jerusalem as part of Operation Smile, to work with Arab and Israeli children who are scheduled for surgery to correct handicaps. She says that the best way to put frightened children at ease is with toys.

Last week, she received help from Joe Dulany of Advanced Care Ambulance Service, who lent her an ambulance to go to Zaccari Toy Co. in Phoenix for a $600 shopping spree. But she could still use more donations. If you'd like to make a contribution or donate new or used toys, call Brigette at Dr. Stuart Dankner's Cross Keys office, where she works, at (410) 433-8488.

Operation Smile is a volunteer medical organization that was founded in 1982 by Brigette's mother and father: Kathy, a nurse and clinical social worker, and Dr. Bill Magee, a Norfolk, Va., plastic surgeon. Both lived in Baltimore years ago.

The volunteer surgeons and dentists involved with Operation Smile have performed reconstructive surgery on more than 2,900 American children and more than 1,000 children worldwide, free of charge.


It's a Fun'dRaiser, Hon, for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Dolly and Peter Emche of Olan Mills Studio have put together an afternoon of fun and games for $10 a person, which includes food, sodas and beer. You can have your picture taken with the Orioles Bird, a wrestler known as the Lord of Darkness, or Uncle Sam today at American Turner's Hall from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Congratulations to two of my favorite people, Maryland Attorney General Joe Curran and his wife, Barbara. On St. Patrick's Day, they became grandparents for the third time when their daughter, Katie Curran O'Malley, gave birth to a lovely little girl, Tara Anne O'Malley, whose dad is City Councilman Martin O'Malley . . . Former WFBR-AM personality Johnny Walker has agreed to come out of his West Virginia mountain hide-out to fill in for Tom Marr and Frank Luber for one week beginning March 30 on WCBM-AM. The morning show team will be cruising the Caribbean with some of their fans, while Walker does their morning show . . . If you'd like to rub elbows with some of the "big hitters" in Baltimore's business community, you might want to attend the Advertising & Professional Club luncheon March 31, which honors Herbert J. Belgrad, chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority. Fresh from his visit with NFL owners, he should be able to give us some of the inside scoop.The luncheon begins at noon at the Omni Hotel, and if you'd like to reserve tickets, call (410) 750-2974 . . .

Ed Hale is expanding his knowledge of being a chairman in the world of business to being a chairman in the world of charity. He's agreed to chair the Saks Fifth Avenue/Owings Mills Mall Gala to benefit cystic fibrosis scheduled for Oct. 17 . . . Multiple sclerosis is adding a little glamour to inspire walkers in its Super Cities Walk, which takes place in 250 cities nationwide on April 5. The sexy-looking soap star of ABC's "Loving," Laura Sisk, will don her walking shoes and get things moving at 8:30 a.m. at Towson State University's Towson Center. Call Dee Myers at (410) 821-8626 for pledge cards and more information . . .

Did you hear about the guy who walked into Baltimore's Original Sports bar and Bennigan's on St. Patrick's day with a 5-foot white rabbit on his arm? Yep, I know it's true because I saw them. The guy was hard-working PR man John Yuhanick, who said, "What better way to hype ticket sales to the 'Magic Me' show starring David Copperfield at the Lyric on March 31 than to go into the land of leprechauns with a bunny." . . .


Spring is in the air and the Junior League of Baltimore is hoping you're in the mood to buy clothes. Its secondhand shop, the Wise Penny at 5902 York Road, is well-stocked for the league's Better Dress Sale March 28. There's an assortment of designer clothes for the whole family, and proceeds go to the Junior League's community projects .

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