Dazzling Mardi Gras gala benefits medical center

SYLVIA BADGER

February 28, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

Dr. Harry Stevens and his wife, Katie, were chairs of a gala Mardi Gras fund-raiser at Stouffer's Harborplace Hotel for the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The ballroom could have been in New Orleans and the Stevenses looked right at home -- he as Mozart and she as a riverboat belle.

GBMC president Bob Kowal was thrilled with the event, which netted $205,000 for the hospital's Cancer Center. Part of that money came from a silent auction, chaired by Chris Czech. She and her committee came up with a dazzling display of 55 items.

Others enjoying the festivities were Joe and Ann Haley, Dr. Dennis and Judy Branger, Mike and Jean Sullivan, Dr. Mack and Carol Mitchell, Dr. Gary (director of the Cancer Center) and Charlene Cohen, Mary and Mike Gill (he chaired the raffle), Nora and Michael Yaggy (he's GBMC board chairman), Bruce and Peggy Ambler, Dr. Albert and Beth Blumberg, Jim and Jean Donahue, and Dr. Bernard and Mary McGibbon, who made wonderful-looking leprechauns.

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It's almost time for the annual Waterfowl U.S.A. dinner and auction at the Timonium Holiday Inn, which will be held March 12. Since its inception in 1988, this organization's Baltimore xTC chapter has raised more than $300,000 for state waterfowl projects.

Highlights of this (not black tie) party, which attracts sportsmen and bird enthusiasts from all over the state, are a game dinner, raffle items and an excellent live and silent auction, which features an array of paintings, trips and nautical items.

If you'd like to attend, tickets are $75. Call Towson attorney Glen Lazzaro at (410) 242-1449.

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When Charlie Chiapparelli of Chiapparelli's in Little Italy learned of a dying man's request for the restaurant's fettuccine Alfredo, he promptly responded.

He had received a call from a Baltimore man telling him that a former Baltimorean living in Los Angeles would love to taste the dish again before he died.

On Monday, he had his brother, Buddy Chiapparelli, send the Alfredo, a salad and bread via Federal Express to Los Angeles.

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Rob Chickering of Baltimore is busy jetting between Los Angeles, Dallas and his hometown orchestrating Morton Downey comeback efforts. Chickering is the new producer of Downey's nationally syndicated radio show, which recently moved its home base from Washington to Dallas. The show is distributed via Radio America to nearly 30 stations, and there are plans to air it in Baltimore in the near future.

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People are talking about The Event, which will be held at the Baltimore Grand on Thursday. This is the sixth year for the after-work party that raises money for the homeless and hungry people in the community.

The Grand's two ballrooms will rock from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The band Gazze will play in a Mardi Gras atmosphere in one ballroom, while a country music DJ will offer guests a chance to learn dances like the Achy Breaky in the other room.

If you're not interested in dancing, there will be plenty of food, several auctions and tarot and palm readings. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Call (410) 752-1325.

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Around town: Congratulations to James G. Morgan, CEO of the Morgan Financial Group, who is the 27th recipient of the George S. Robertson Award. This is the insurance industry's most prestigious award, which is given to a resident of the metropolitan Baltimore area for career accomplishments . . .

Barbara Krebs, formerly with the United Way, has landed an exciting job as director of development at the Maryland Society to Prevent Blindness . . .

Members of the Baltimore City Bar Association and the Monumental City Bar Association gathered at the Hyatt Regency recently to honor Charles H. Dorsey Jr., executive director of the Legal Aid Bureau. Proceeds from the evening went to the Juanita Jackson Mitchell Scholarship Fund.

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