It was a madcap evening for the 160 people who attended the seventh annual Madhatters Ball at the Camden Club at Oriole Park.
Most guests got into the spirit and wore some very funny hats -- however, Rich Evans scared a few women when they saw the two live mice running around the brim of his hat.
Kevin Scott and Dean Charlton chaired the ball, which raised $11,000 for United Cerebral Palsy.
Others bidding on auction items or trying their luck at the casino games were Kathy Scott, Trish Charlton, Streett Baldwin and Diane Delbrook, Chip and Vicky Chew, Michael and Julia Martin Keelty, Kim and Carol Kennedy, Chip and Susan McCormick, Garland and Audrey Williams, Claudia and Dave Wilson, Lois Baldwin and Dr. Gregg Rhodes, and Al Grimes, owner of American Personal Communications, who wore a summer hat with a duck's nest and decoy on top, which won a first-place prize.
Although world-renowned author Tom Clancy is busy working on an April 1 deadline for his next novel, he'll be taking some time off next Friday to play golf.
He's the star attraction at the Leukemia Society of America's indoor golf tournament, which will be held in Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn.
Players will putt their way through an 18-hole course designed by area pros Billy Bassler, Mike Healy and Greg Jones.
Festivities include cocktails and food, a Clancy book signing and a silent auction. If you're interested in playing, all you need is a putter and the $65 entry fee. Call (410) 825-2500 to sign up and I'll see you there.
Linda Jordan, executive director of the group that operates Pride of Baltimore II, says they have hired Jeffrey Mose as their first director of development.
The Hagerstown native will be working on individual and corporate funding to support the ship's mission to continue as a goodwill ambassador from the state of Maryland.
If you recognize these cigar names -- H. Upmann, Davidoff, Por Larranaga, Macanudo, Partagas or Zino -- you might want to attend a party at the Center Club on Feb. 11.
Bill Fader, president of Fader's, a Maryland tobacconist since 1891, is host of an old-fashioned "smoker," a gathering of cigar lovers. His guest of honor will be Richard DiMeola, CEO of Consolidated Cigars, who will enlighten guests on the fine art of cigar smoking.
Black-tie dress is optional. To reserve tickets, call (410) 685-5511.
Betsy Kunzelman, who left the Center Stage public relations office to become executive director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, says February is a busy month for Tom Hall, Choral Arts Society music director.
He celebrates his 38th birthday on the 13th, conducts an all-Mozart concert on the 20th at the Meyerhoff, and will attend the first auction/fund-raiser for the chorus at Warfield's Sheraton North on Feb 28.
If you've been thinking about taking up tennis, save your money and bid on tennis lessons to be given by Hall. In addition to being a talented music director, he's also an excellent tennis player.
It's nice to see Hope Quackenbush, executive director of the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts, out and about after a long bout with pneumonia.
Lester Picker, columnist, author and consultant, will lead a discussion on "New Directions for Non-Profits in the '90s --
Marketing to Succeed" on Feb. 8.
The breakfast seminar is sponsored by Maryland New Directions and will be held at the Rusty Scupper from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Call (410) 235-8800 to reserve tickets, which are $25.