Fund raising with Martha to help cancer research

SYLVIA BADGER

April 04, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

Martha Stewart looked fresh as a daisy, dressed in tan slacks, blazer and brown flats, as she walked into the Hunt Valley Inn last weekend for a 10 a.m. news conference. She was the star attraction at a fund-raiser for the Harford County chapter of AMC Cancer Research Center.

Her day had begun before daylight at her Westport, Conn., home, where she checked on the progress of thousands of seedlings growing in her basement before catching an early plane to Baltimore. From the airport, she went to Burnside Farm in Owings Mills to have a Colonial (oatmeal-apple pancakes) breakfast with the Wayne Reynolds family. (He's a gilder, so it was a business-with-pleasure visit for Stewart, who has added gilding to her own long list of interests.)

Thanks to the hard work of Jean Weeks and her committee, 800 people bought $60 tickets to the lecture-luncheon. Faces in the crowd included Pam Carpenter, president of the Harford County chapter of AMC Cancer Research Center; Adrienne Asner, founder of the Harford chapter, who is now AMC's national president; Judy Brewster, travel agent; Sheri Miller, Image Consultants; Gail Chrzan, commercial Realtor; and Claudenia Burgemeister, my soon-to-be golfing pal who does public relations for the Hunt Valley Inn.

Martha Stewart is the kind of person you love to hate -- an attractive trim blonde who seems to do everything well -- flower ++ arranging, planting gardens, restoring old houses, writing cookbooks and garden books (her next cookbook, "Menus for Entertaining," will be released in '94), publishing Martha Stewart Living, a bimonthly magazine, appearing as a regular on the "Today" show -- plus she's working on her own half-hour syndicated television show.

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The 1782 Society of Washington College will honor three Baltimoreans for exemplary leadership and philanthropy April 23 Stouffer Harborplace Hotel.

Alonzo G. Decker Jr., former chairman of Black & Decker Corp.; )) W. James Price, retired managing director of Alex Brown & Sons, and Walter Sondheim, senior adviser for the Greater Baltimore Committee, are being cited in keeping with a tradition started by George Washington, whose gift of 50 guineas helped establish Washington College in Chestertown.

The 1782 Society, named for the founding year of the school, represents approximately 300 people who contribute $1,000 or more to the college annually.

Committee members for the black-tie dinner dance are William Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Jeannie Baliles and her husband, Gerald, former governor of Virginia; Joyce Huber Cafritz, chair of the 1782 Society; Louis Goldstein, state comptroller and chairman of the Board of Visitors and Governors of Washington College; Jack S. Griswold, managing director, Armata Partners; LeRoy Hoffberger, partner, Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander; John Moag Jr., partner, Patton, Boggs and Blow; Kevin O'Keefe, president of Adams Sandler; Charles Trout, president of the college, and his wife, Katherine, a textile artist; and George Wills, president of Wills and Associates.

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Around town: Rumor is that the Pride of Baltimore's executive director, Linda Jordan, will be leaving that post in May for a job with the Maryland Port Authority.

Insiders say that Michael McGeady, her assistant and former crew member on the Pride, is interested in the job. . . .

Former WMAR-TV news anchor, soon to be WJZ-TV news anchor, Sally Thorner has found lots to do while waiting out the one-year non-compete clause in her WMAR contract. Most exciting was landing a cameo spot as a reporter in "Guarding Tess," which is being filmed in our fair city. . . .

Congratulations to Overlea Concessionaires, who will be serving baseball fare for the Baysox 1993 season at Memorial Stadium. Overlea's Amy and Mark Taubenfeld want you to keep the Bullpen Tent, Hit and Run Club and the Designated Hitters room in mind if you're looking for a place to have a private party. . . .

Hope you didn't miss the March issue of Southern Living, which features the home of Baltimore decorator Alexander Baer.

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