The group that knows more about feeding and housin people than any other in town has come to the aid of Baltimore's hungry and homeless.
Mike Whipple, president of the Hotel and Motel Association of Greater Baltimore, had the pleasant duty of presenting representatives of the Maryland Food Committee and the Maryland Food Bank with a check for $29,000 at Our Daily Bread on Monday. The money was raised from the association's annual fund-raiser, Food for All.
Before presenting the check, Mr. Whipple, general manager of the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, was joined by fellow general managers Jim Biggar, Stouffer's Harborplace; Werner Kunz, Harbor Court; Dale Garvin, Hyatt Regency; Mike Seville, Comfort Inn; Joe Kane, Omni Inner Harbor; Ken Pinchak, Columbia Inn; Jim Kappel, Marriott BWI; Dominic Eckenstein, the Admiral Fell Inn; Steve Book, Sheraton BWI; Frank Leone, the Doubletree; Dan Hatch, Sheraton Towson; and Richard Fahey, Baltimore Marriott, all of whom donned aprons to prepare and serve lunch at Our Daily Bread, Maryland's largest soup kitchen.
"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" has been playing to record crowds since it opened at Center Stage several weeks ago. If you have tickets for this evening, you might want to check out some of the faces in the audience.
Seems the show's director George Faison has friends in high places, and talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey, poet Maya Angelou, and singers Ashford and Simpson have been invited to see tonight's performance. "Lady Day" will be at Center Stage through May 9.
The stars have arrived in town for the shooting of John Waters' new film, "Serial Mom," and the sightings have begun.
My spies have spotted Kathleen Turner and Sam Waterston, who have the lead roles in the film, dining in Fells Point at Pierpoint Restaurant, with actress Bess Armstrong and her husband, John Fielder, the film's producer; Pat Moran, casting director; and director John Waters.
"The Book of Baltimore Orioles Lists" should be a real hoot for Orioles fans and trivia buffs. Its authors -- David Pugh, graphics designer, and Linda Geeson, Center Stage public relations director -- describe their book as 160 pages of wry rhetoric, irreverent illustrations and totally off-the-(tall)-wall trivia.
Most of the tidbits have been gleaned from attending games and talking to players. The paperback, $9.95, will be released in June.
Sneaker collectors, take note. On April 23, the second annual Celebrity Sneaker Auction to benefit AIDSWALK '93 takes place.
Highlighting this year's auction are a pair of President Clinton's jogging shoes, which AIDSWALK planners were told are the first and last item of the president's clothing that will be donated to a charity.
Other well-knowns who have donated autographed sneakers are Cher, Robin Williams, Burt Reynolds, Susan Sarandon, Montel Williams, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, John Waters, Barry Levinson, Cal Ripken Jr., Oprah Winfrey and Michael Bolton.
To bid on shoes, send a 3-by-5-inch postcard with your name, address, phone number, and the celebrity's name, with a minimum bid of $50 (no money), to Celebrity Sneaker Auction, 711 W. 40th St., Suite 420, Baltimore 21211. You will be notified if you're the high bidder. Call Kate Ellis at (410) 467-3267 if you have any questions.
* WJZ-TV's 6 p.m. news producer, Gail Svenson, and WBAL-TV reporter Frank Graft, who were married yesterday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Texas, Baltimore County. * WJZ-TV's early morning man, Marty Bass, who celebrated his 40th birthday this week. As a present to him, his wife, Sharon, asked us to spread the good news. Happy birthday, Marty.
* The winners of the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition held at Center Stage -- first place, Inetta McNeill, $1,500; second place, Tracey Curbeam, $1,000; and third place, Sandra Jenkins, $500. Each winner was presented with a gardenia, which was Billie Holiday's signature flower.