The fifth annual Baltimore's Best Affair is on tap for Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. There has been so much in the news about abused children that this is a perfect time to support a fund-raiser for the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland.
This could be an "affair" to remember, especially for singles. Baltimore Mag will have an ISO (in search of) booth at the party. For $5, you get a number to wear at the party, then you check back at the booth during the party for messages, which cost a dollar to leave.
Also expected to attend the party are Susan Souders Obrecht, )) new owner of Baltimore and one of the sponsors of the affair, and her new crew at the magazine: Jonathan Witty, editor and associate publisher; his wife, Merrill Witty, arts editor; Ramsey Flynn, executive editor; Craig Stolz, managing editor; and Lois Perschetz, style editor, who replaced Kay McIntosh who went to the Jewish Times as its first full-time style editor.
The benefit offers a lot for your money -- a lavish smorgasbord prepared by Baltimore restaurants and caterers, entertainment by some of Baltimore's hottest performers, and a display of treasures from area shops. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Call (410) 576-2414 for more information.
Producer Ron Maxwell is scheduled to begin filming "The Killer Angels" July 20 in Pennsylvania at the Gettysburg battlefield. (If you're a Civil War buff, this book, written by Michael Shaara, is a must read.) Originally, it was to have been a miniseries for ABC but is now being made for TNT, Ted Turner's network.
It's said that Maxwell is negotiating with a couple of big names to play Gen. Robert E. Lee and has already signed Tom Berenger, Hal Holbrook, Richard Jordan and local talk show host Les Kinsolving, who has a silent part. (It's hard to imagine Kinsolving ever being silent.)
Maxwell will shoot 29 battlefield scenes and has enlisted the help of Civil War re-enactors, who are coming to Gettysburg from all over the country.
"Colts, Crabs and Charity" should score big for the Rev. Joe Ehrmann and his inner city ministry, the Door. Ehrmann, former Baltimore Colts defensive tackle, is planning a big fund-raiser Aug. 26 at Martin's West.
He's expecting more than 70 former Colts to attend, all of whom will be in town to be honored at half time during the New Orleans Saints-Miami Dolphin preseason game the next day. John Unitas, Bert Jones, Gino Marchetti, Alex Hawkins, Ted Hendricks and Artie Donovan are a few who have committed to Ehrmann's benefit.
And when you have Matt DeVito, chairman of the board for the Rouse Co. and the Greater Baltimore Committee, on your team, you have a winner. Tickets are $75 and may be reserved by calling (410) 675-3288.
I met Jim Donovan and Abby Lazarus many moons ago when I chaired the March of Dimes Mother's March campaign for Baltimore County, and my friendship with this "dynamic duo" has continued through the years.
Donovan served as the Greater Baltimore's chapter director for 26 years. And for 23 of those years, Lazarus was the chapter's director of communications. Both were instrumental in many successful projects for that organization.
As of July 1, Abby left the organization permanently, and Jim accepted a new regional position. I wish them both well.
Happy birthday to the Brass Elephant Restaurant, which is celebrating its 12th year in that wonderful old stone rowhouse at 924 N. Charles St. Many Baltimoreans have good memories going to that location to order beautifully made Potthast furniture, long before Jack Elsby, Tom McDonald and Randy Stahl ever dreamed of opening an elegant eatery there.
Peter J. O'Connor was appointed chief of the Baltimore City Fire Department in June 1954 and hung up his hat in June of this year. On July 22, his friends and family will gather at Martin's
Eastwind for his retirement testimonial party.
Congratulations to WPOC-FM's promotion director Sheila Silverstein, who calls herself the kosher cowgirl. She won Billboard's 1991 promotion director of the year award and will know in September whether she's won the title again this year.
Did you hear that Gray Kirk/VanSant copywriter John Patterson won two gold medals at the prestigious New York Festivals International Competition? One was for best copy writing campaign, which he did for Towson Town Center, and the other was for best greeting card, which was his own wedding invitation. All I can say is that his wife, Catherine, must have a sense of humor, because it is a most unusual wedding invitation.
The first page says, "We couldn't invite you to our wedding until we saw who wasn't coming," and the next five pages are RSVPs from Buckingham Palace, the White House, Donald Trump, Mel Torme and David Letterman, regretting the invite, and the last page is your invitation, which basically says, now there's room for you.