The winner is . . . Loyola!

SYLVIA BADGER

April 25, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

Margaret and Jim (McKay) McManus are co-chairing the fifth annual Triple Crown Ball on May 13 in the Constellation Room of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Always one of the social highlights of Preakness Celebration Week, this year's ball is a benefit for the Sellinger School of Loyola College.

With the death of Father Joe Sellinger last week, the success of the ball becomes even more important to those involved. Look for it to be a wonderful tribute to a man who always enjoyed a good party.

The goal is $100,000, "not a penny less," said Margaret, who organized and named the first ball in 1988. And the McManuses are bringing together some of the most distinguished horse owners, breeders and trainers from all over the country to accomplish that goal.

This year's honorary chairwoman is Mrs. Augustus Riggs IV, the grande dame of Happy Retreat Farm in Howard County. Mrs. Riggs, who at 84 is still expanding her racing stables, is the

daughter of the late Marjorie Merriweather Post and the sister of actress Dina Merrill.

Among the 700 people expected to attend are a number of Baltimore's civic, social and business leaders. Prominent table hosts so far are Sally and Jerry Casey and Bartie and Charlie Cole; Dot and Henry Rosenberg; Charles Fenwick Jr.; Joe De Francis (owner of Pimlico and Laurel race courses); Mary and Sig Hyman; Mary and Jerry Geckle; Fred and Joanne D'Alessio; Joe Keelty; and Georgia and Peter Angelos.

Also, Pam Shriver, with Bill and Frederica Saxon; Harriet and David Finklestein, owners of that splendid filly, Diamond Duo; and Linda and King Leatherbury, a Maryland trainer who, if all goes well, will soon score his 5,000th win at the track. When that happens, Leatherbury will be one of only three trainers whose horses have won that many races.

Vic Damone, known as "the singer's singer," and his trio will perform, and the George Hipp Orchestra will provide the music for dancing.

Ball tickets, $250 a person, may be reserved by calling (410) 617-2408.

People are talking about the "Classical Maryland 1815-1845" exhibition at the Maryland Historical Society (MHS), which includes more than 300 fine- and decorative-arts pieces and took seven years to research and assemble.

If the reaction of those attending the opening-night reception is any example, the exhibit will be one of the most popular ever at the historical society. MHS curator and exhibit coordinator Gregory Wiedman welcomed 600 people to the reception, given for MHS members and exhibit sponsors and lenders.

MHS board president Jay Griswold and his wife, Toni, along with chairman Pat Deering and his wife, Millie, were joined by other first nighters Lisa and Greg Barnhill, Amy and Chuck Newhall, Adena and David Testa, Betty and Cuppy Fenwick, Stiles Colwill, Sylvia and Tim Parker, Sheila and Dickie Riggs, Edwin Warfield IV, Stephanie and Jay Wilson, Martha Head, Eleanor and David )) Owen, Charles Monk, Megan Wolfe, David Ober, Mary and Chuck Meyer, Betti and John Sheldon, and Vivian and Tom Haines.

/# The show runs through Sept. 25.

Although Bobby Gillham spent only the last two years of a 30-year career as the FBI's special agent in charge of Maryland-Delaware, he made a lot of friends as he served on the Governor's Executive Advisory Council and the Maryland Chiefs of Police and as president of the board of directors of the Maryland Boys and Girls Clubs.

Some of the 200 or so people who showed up for his retirement party at Camden Yards last week were friends like fellow board members of the Boys and Girls Clubs Sherry and Doug Welch, Stuart Brooks, Clarisse Mechanic and Tucky Ramsey.

And from his life of law enforcement: Ed Woods, city police commissioner; Ron Mullin, formerly with the city police, who left to become chief of security for Johns Hopkins University; U.S. Marshal Scott Sewell; Mike Meyer, special adviser to the governor; and Bill McGeary, now the FBI's acting special agent in charge of Maryland-Delaware.

Gillham begins a new job May 3 in Houston, where he will be director of security for Conoco Oil Co.

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