During the holidays, Michael Hodes, WCBM-AM talk show host/Towson attorney, and his wife, Lois, open their 27-room Roland Park home as a fund-raiser for area charities. About 150 guests bought tickets to help this year's beneficiary, the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center, and enjoyed the spectacular decorations, including the 25 trees Lois decorated.
Those who shared the Hodes' holiday cheer included designer Alexander Baer, P. W. Feats founder Paul Wolman and his wife, Dorothy; Gordon Becker, Becker group, and his wife, Marsha, who came up with the idea of the S. Claus shops at Towson Town Center and Owings Mills Mall; and Gerry and Suzanne Katz (he's Michael Hodes' law partner).
Also in the crowd were Nicholas and Mary Mangione, local businessman and owner of WCBM; Ken Philips, WMAR-TV weatherman, and his wife, Sonja, a Realtor; former Colts football player Joe Washington and his wife, Meadowlark; Meb and Eva Turner (he's president of the University of Baltimore); and Debbie Lake, who owns Peerce's Plantation with her husband, Peerce.
The Hodes are already preparing for next year's "do" and are accepting inquiries from charities. Call (410) 938-8800 for information.
If you don't know what to do with your Christmas cards after the holidays, here's a suggestion: Send them to St. Jude's Ranch for Children in Nevada.
At least, that's what Ed McMahon, host of the television show, "Star Search," recommends in a letter he sent out recently.
It's for a good cause. The youngsters at St. Jude's recycle the cards as part of a fund-raiser for the ranch, which is dedicated to helping abused, neglected and troubled children and teens.
Mail your greeting card fronts to: St. Jude's, 100 St. Jude's St., Dept. EMIB, Boulder City, Nev. 89005.
More than 100 former Ocean Pride employees returned to the Lutherville seafood eatery recently for its first reunion.
Ocean Pride owner Bob Curreri stopped by and chatted with some of his favorite formers like Rick Bielski, Jane and Marge Shipley, Mary Osmeyer, Tom "Turkey" Stevens and Sue Donoho (five members of her family were employed there at one time).
Everyone had so much fun they're planning a summer outing. Maybe Curreri will supply the crabs.
A huge ice carving of Santa and his reindeer greeted those who attended the Hillendale Country Club Christmas party. Hundreds people danced to the sounds of Mariah and Bob Fields and did what we do too much of this time of year -- eat. From caviar to roast beef to luscious desserts, Chef Bryan Chester and his staff had food for all taste buds.
Some who attended the black-tie dinner dance were club president John Kenny and his wife, Jan; Bob and Emily DiCicco; Jerry and Marge Hartman; Karen and Bruce Mortimer; Ed and Nancy Bromwell; Midge and Don Reinhart; and several former Colts players and their wives: Sandy and Johnny Unitas, Rick and Charlene Volk, and Dr. Sam Havrilak and his wife, Terry.
Judging Christmas trees at the State Office Building in Baltimore has become one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. This year, I shared the job with Norman Taylor, president of the United Way; Paul Wolman; Terry Gallaway, Department of Natural Resources; Alverta Logan, Comptroller's office; Barbara Peart, Department of Agriculture; and Cindy Ptak, Office of Planning.
For several hours, we graded the 22 trees, which had been
decorated by state employees. The theme of each tree showed the needs of the charity they were helping.
It was a difficult decision, but we settled on Agriculture, Budget and Planning, General Services, Planning and Housing, and Community Development as the five winners.
Besides being a pretty event, it's also entertaining. Nathan Carter, the talented chair of Morgan's fine arts department, led Governor Schaefer, Hilda Ford, Mary Ann Saar, Bill Fogle, Bishop Robinson and several groups of singers in a series of Christmas carols. The showstopper was Maria Queen, who sang "Maryland, You Are Beautiful."
Beverly Burke -- who epitomizes WMAR-TV's "friend you can turn to" theme -- was emcee. Marty Resnick of Martin's Caterers donated box lunches for one and all.