Shriver's aim is to serve


August 22, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

"That's What Friends Are For" could have been the theme song at the First National Bank Tennis Festival's kickoff party Monday night at the Hyatt Regency.

Frank Deford, one of the country's best known sportswriters, came down from New York and tennis great Chris Evert flew in from Aspen to help their pal Pam Shriver hype the Oct. 22 event.

"Only for Pam Shriver would I leave my good-looking 22-month-old son and my somewhat good-looking husband," Chris teased. (She's married to that handsome downhill skier, Aspen ski director and TV commentator Andy Mills.)

Pam chatted about arriving at BWI in a limo to pick up Chris and noticing four television camera crews going into the terminal. Wow, she thought, it's been four years and Chris still attracts all this attention. However, as she and Chris waltzed by the crews without a flicker of recognition, they learned Chris wasn't the only VIP on the plane from Denver: Catholic VIPs were returning from seeing the Pope.

Pam introduced Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who thanked her for bringing the exhibition back to the Baltimore Arena. Then Hizzoner, inadvertently I'm sure, jumped the gun on Pam's surprise that Jimmy Connors and Jim Courier would be this year's headliners. There were gasps at the gaff, followed by laughter.

Later, Pam, president of the Women's Tennis Association and one of the minority owners of the Baltimore Orioles, presented Chris and Frank with lovely wood carvings of a Baltimore Oriole bird. Chris quipped, "I bet she just bought into the O's so she can get a date with one of those cute baseball players!"

The Hyatt ballroom was filled with people interested in tennis and in the auction items, which included tennis rackets donated by Chris and Jimmy, and a bat donated by Cal Ripken. Among those in attendance were Tim Armbruster, Baltimore Community Foundation; Bob and Gail Chrzan, Children's Hospital; Bartie and Charles Cole, First National Bank; Valerie and Tom D'Ambrogi, Waverly Press; Dr. Charles Silberstein and his wife, Barbara; Maryland Rep. Helen Delich Bentley; Ben Griswold and Alex and Pokey Brown, Alex. Brown & Sons; and Elise Burgin, who told me that after many years on the professional tennis circuit she's looking at life after tennis -- but she wasn't too clear on what that life will entail.

Past festivals have raised $1.2 million for needy youngsters. If you'd like more information on tickets to the match, call (410) 481-SEAT.


If ikebana, sushi or bonsai are among the things you're interested in, you'll be delighted to hear about the newest addition to the Bare Hills area. Last Thursday, Japonaji, a retail store specializing in Japanese fashions, jewelry, art, antiques and household items, opened for business.

The owners of the shop are Judy Orlinsky and Judy Taylor-Orlinsky, the daughter and wife of Wally Orlinsky, former president of the City Council and now the director of Tree-Mendous Maryland, a tree-planting effort for Maryland's Department of Natural Resources.

According to wife Judy, the store is a family venture. Wally's son Eric, a Weinberg & Green attorney, gave legal advice, and her children, John Taylor and Brenda Mace, will be working at the store. Wally's role? Well, he's their great Buddha.

The store is open every day but Monday, and eventually will offer Japanese cultural demonstrations.


Congratulations to:

. . . the Anita V. Vitale Foundation for its $40,000 contribution to Camp Sunrise in Glyndon. According to Charles Leiss, CEO of the American Cancer Society, the foundation's annual gift has helped nearly 200 children with cancer enjoy a camp experience . . . Patricia Ozborn, who works for Siskind, Burch, Grady & Rosen law firm, who celebrated her birthday in style. Thanks to Darcia Wathen, who works for Heneson, Scarlett law firm, and hubby, Bill Ozborn, who works for the state of Maryland, who managed to pull off her surprise party at the Captain James Restaurant . . . Dale D. Garvin, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, who is the newest trustee of the Pride of Baltimore. Before arriving in Baltimore in 1992, Mr. Garvin was the general manager of the Grand Hyatt in New York . . .

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