House with a Heart Raffle

SYLVIA BADGER

November 01, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

A hearty breakfast at the Center Club kicked off the secon House with a Heart Raffle, sponsored by the House with a Heart Foundation. The group hopes to raise $300,000 to fund projects for Action for the Homeless.

Last year's raffle landed Bob Gilwee of Sparks a new home in Odenton and raised more than a quarter of a million dollars, which was distributed to help Maryland's 47,000 homeless people. This year's raffle home is a three-bedroom town house, valued at $126,000, in Harford County's Belle Manor development.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Lou Grasmick, founder of the House with a Heart Foundation, eloquently delivered the message "We are our brothers' keepers" at the breakfast. Grasmick brought smiles to the 100 or more people he has involved in the project when he called himself the male version of Lainy LeBow, the governor's director of scheduling and public ,, relations.

I sat with Bill Stair, chairman of the board of Up-To-Date Laundry; Mike Angelos, deputy commissioner of the Port of Baltimore; Mike Stavlas, owner of Timbuktu restaurant on Dorsey Road, who donated the food for last year's reception; and Bob Neubeck and Chris Tabb, president and vice president of Jenco Homes, which will build the house on land donated by Alan Klatsky, president of Prestige Development.

Others at the breakfast were Joe Casey, Casey Real Estate, and Fletcher Hall, executive vice president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, both of whom picked up the breakfast tab; Jean Halle, president of Homestead Publishing and the first president of the House With a Heart Foundation; Jim O'Conor, chairman of the board of O'Conor, Piper and Flynn, and vice president of the foundation; John Moran, president of Household Bank, who got this year's campaign going with a $10,000 check.

Also present were Marcellus Alexander, general manager of WJZ-TV, one of the raffle's major sponsors, who would only smile when asked about luring Sally Thorner away from WMAR-TV; Tom Marudas, president of the William Donald Schaefer Foundation; Bob Hockaday Jr. and Emory Plitt, representing Harford County Executive Eileen Rehrmann; Ardie Gregory, station manager of WMIX-FM, a major sponsor; Frank Miano, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland; and Cathy Lyness, executive director of the House With a Heart Foundation.

Others who left with envelopes filled with $10 raffle tickets were Joan McGill, Frank Battaglia, Blase Cooke, Mary Foster and even the founder's busy wife, Nancy Grasmick, state superintendent of schools.

The drawing takes place March 20, and raffle tickets are available at O'Conor, Piper and Flynn offices; Household Bank branches; and the sales center at Belle Manor, 2231-A Pointview Circle, Forest Hill, where the drawing will take place. Or you may send a check to the foundation office, 8600 LaSalle Road, Suite 610, Towson 21204 (which, by the way, was donated by Ed St. John of MIE Financial).

On the 75th anniversary of the patenting of the world's first pistogrip electric power drill, Black & Decker donated an original l917 drill, a post-World War II drill, the first home-use drill ever marketed, and a 1960 hedge trimmer to the Smithsonian Institution.

On hand at the Smithsonian for the festivities were Gary DiCamillo, president of Black & Decker's U.S. Power Tools; Spencer Crew, acting deputy director of the Smithsonian; and Susan Amey of Black & Decker's marketing department. Last month, Al Decker, the founder's son, was in Easton to pull the 50 millionth drill made by Black & Decker off the production line.

PHH Corp. CEO Robert Kunisch and retired PHH CEO JerrGeckle have a surprise for their 80 executives when they arrive in town for a series of meetings next week. Since these two CEOs are chairing this year's United Way Campaign, they want their execs to set an example of giving back to the community. So the PHH execs will do a variety of landscaping and office-related projects at the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens on York Road.

Around town: Did you see the governor's former press secretarFrank Traynor on WMAR-TV's early morning show with Horace Holmes and Rudy Miller last week? Traynor, who was transferred from the press office to MPT for a variety of reasons, was terrific.

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