Tennis love-ers benefit city charities

SYLVIA BADGER

November 27, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

Turkey's not the only thing Baltimoreans got their fill of this week. Tennis fans packed the Baltimore Arena to watch four of the top women players in the world -- Martina Navratilova, Gabriela Sabatini, Mary Joe Fernandez and Pam Shriver -- compete in Shriver's seventh annual Charity Tennis Festival.

The festivities were kicked off Monday night when more than 200 people boarded the Spirit of Baltimore for a cocktail cruise. Shriver and Navratilova were among the guests bidding on silent auction items and participating in a live auction led by auctioneer Bill Fox.

I spotted Ed Dunne Jr., Tom Swindell, Congressman Tom McMillen, Hal Donofrio, Carol Hirschburg, Robb Banks, Sam and Margot Shriver, Elise Burgin, Shifra and Gil Rubin, Maren Blum, Edie Brown, Laura DuPont and Lynda O'Dea at the party.

It's too soon to know how much this year's festival will bring in, but nearly $1.1 million has been raised over the past six years and distributed to Baltimore Reads, Campaign for Our Children, Children's Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons Association, Pediatric Aids Foundation and Special Olympics.

* Laurence Kirshbaum, president of Warner Books, had a party at the Maryland Club for his potential best-selling author, A. Gallatin Warfield III, known to his friends as Gally.

Warfield, a Howard County prosecutor for 13 years, entered private practice in 1989 and to write his first novel, "State v. Justice."

Warfield and his wife, Diana, greeted and autographed books for guests and family at the party, which included Caroline Warfield, Edwin Warfield, Betsy Hayes, Jill Heptinstall, Jane Allan Bowie, Harry McDonough, Julie and Marty McDonough, Michelle and Alan Woods, Steve Terhune, Cordy Ogrinz, Peter Winkenwerder and John Broderick. Warfield is busy working on his second novel, so indeed there can be life after law.

* The Mount Washington Tavern is sponsoring "Guest Bartender Nights" to benefit Santa Claus Anonymous on occasional Wednesday evenings between now and Christmas. On those nights, a $1 donation is collected from patrons for the charity. Last week, Courtney Kahl, Claire Grady, Amy Cook, Stacy Thompson and Kelly Wiglesworth were Santa's helpers behind the bar. And on Dec. 2, Chris Federico, Pat Marsiglia, Meg Kone and Sarah Rodgers will begin serving at 9 p.m. Stop by and do your part for needy children.

* Hotel staffers turned into autograph seekers at the Best Western Baltimore East, where singer Gladys Knight, best known for hits like "Midnight Train to Georgia," stayed while in town for her "Madame Lilly" role at the Lyric Opera House.

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