Baseball greats in the lineup for Grant-A-Wish gala April 22

SYLVIA BADGER

April 11, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

For the past 10 years, the Grant-A-Wish Foundation has been making wishes come true for Maryland's seriously ill children. In February, the foundation sent Jacob Evans, a 6-year-old with leukemia, to Disney World with his parents, Kris and John. Jacob died soon after returning.

On other occasions, the group has provided a wig for a teen-age girl whose hair had fallen out due to chemotherapy and radiation, visit by Barney the dinosaur to a sick child in the hospital and tickets to the circus to more than 150 children.

To support its causes, Grant-A-Wish is planning a "Parade of Champions" gala led by one of Baltimore's best-known champs, Jim Palmer, on April 22 at Martin's West. Sports buffs will rub elbows with Palmer, Willie Mays, Boog Powell and Rex Barney and take a look at the Hyatt Sports Memorabilia Exhibit, a $2 million collection of items from Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle that is on a national tour.

Other celebrities such as Milton Berle, Barbara Bush, Bob Hope, Rob Reiner, Bill Ripken and Steven Spielberg have donated items for a silent auction.

Tickets are $200 if you'd like to meet the stars at a VIP reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or $75 for the general admission reception and buffet dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Call (410) 242-1549.

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Friends and family members threw a party at Martin's Eudowood for veteran Baltimore County Court reporter Paul Griffin, who has retired after 32 years. Almost 100 people attended, including Paul's wife, Amelia; his son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Pam; and their children, Steve Jr. and Christopher.

Paul's co-worker Mary Zajac organized the party. Other guests included Towson attorney Dan Hanley and his wife, Jane; Tricia and Mickey Norman (he's a Baltimore County assistant state's attorney); and fellow court reporter Kendi Irwin and her attorney husband, Dave.

County judges Eddie DeWaters and Barbara Howe stopped by, as did retired Judge Bucky Buchanan, who gave Griffin a few retirement tips.

Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals Robert Murphy said that if there were such a thing as the Court Reporters Hall of Fame, Griffin would win on the first ballot.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Hilda Mae Snoops are the honorary chairs for the annual Burn Ball, sponsored by the Baltimore Regional Burn Center Foundation.

This year, the Jacob and Annita France Foundation and the Robert and Anne Merrick Foundation will be honored for their support of the Burn Center Foundation. A black-tie event is planned Saturday at Harbor Court Hotel and will kick off the center's Silver Anniversary Celebration Week.

F: If you'd like tickets, $130 each, call (410) 550-0895.

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The Epilepsy Association of Maryland has a "Sweet Deal" planned. On Saturday at the Evergreen Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles St., I'll join Jane DeMouy, Baltimore magazine; Rhea Feiken, Maryland Public Television; Albert Kirchmayr, chocolatier; Courtney McKeldin, Baltimore International Culinary College; Michael Rork, Harbor Court Hotel executive chef; and Elane Stein, WBAL-AM radio, to judge a two-part dessert competition -- chocolate and nonchocolate.

After the judging, there will be dancing to the music of Jr. Cline and the Recliners, light fare, desserts and a raffle of several gift

packages. Ticket are $60. Call (410) 828-7700.

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Imagine the excitement of Homeland artist Sue McLaughlin when she picked up the March/April edition of Southern Accents and saw one of her paintings.

The mag featured the home of Baltimore interior designer Alexander Baer, and in one of the photos was her painting on his kitchen wall. McLaughlin works at Johns Hopkins University and is married to John McLaughlin, who works for Gray Kirk VanSant.

Although Sue usually paints large-scale, still-life paintings, Baer has taken a fancy to her smaller interior scenes and has bought several for himself and his customers.

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