Founders Society feted

SYLVIA BADGER

September 26, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

Members of Western Maryland's Founders Society were wined and dined in style at the Center Club last week. It was a "thank you" party for the founders from the Western Maryland College community, and the hosts were president Robert Chambers and the school's board of trustees. (The founders are "friends" of the college who annually donate $1,000 or more to the school.)

Among the several hundred alums, founders and trustees at the party were attorney Woody Preston and his wife, Lucy; attorney Alleck Resnick and his wife, Harriet; Dr. Larry Blumberg and his wife, Sharon; retired Black & Decker VP Robert Mathias and his wife, Yvonne; Louise Owen Sapp, a retired teacher who was in the class of '23; attorney William Dulaney and his wife, Winifred; Bell Atlantic International exec Charles Moore and his wife, Carol, and Catharine Eaton, who came up from Easton for the party.

The entertainment was a bit unusual: Wasyl Palijezuk, professor of art at Western Maryland, demonstrated how to paint an abstract painting from start to finish.

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More than 300 people were invited to a reception at the Hotel Washington after the signing of the Declaration of Principles between Israel and the Palestinians. One of those people was Judi Tal Porecki, who described her experience: "It was the most amazing day and night of my life. Because I was born in Israel and I am a singer, I was asked to perform before the largest peace gathering ever of Jews and Arabs."

Judi and Palestinian singer Zainab Shaath sang the title song from Porecki's soon-to-be- released album, "Path Across the Sky."

* Hollywood's going to the dogs in Maryland. Remember the scene in "Major League," when the team's owner walks around carrying a pampered-looking Pekingese dog? The dog character will be reprised in the sequel, "Major League II," which is being shot here. But the dog this time will be played by Ike, a 15-month-old Pekingese show dog who lives in Maryland.

The film's production people contacted well-known in-home dog trainer Mark Katz, who leased Ike and began training him for the movie. The movie people were familiar with some of his dog-training work for the television series, "Homicide."

Katz tells me it'll be hard to return Ike to its owner after the shoot, because the dog has totally charmed his trainer as well as the trainer'sveterinarian wife, Dr. Dru Katz, and their 4-year-old

child, Sara.

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One of Baltimore's prized possessions, Pride of Baltimore II, returns home Tuesday after a successful goodwill tour of the Great Lakes. It seems impossible that it was five years ago that Pride II, a clipper ship replica, was commissioned to travel all over the world to showcase Baltimore and Maryland.

There are plans for a noontime birthday party for the Pride on Oct. 22 at the amphitheater of the Inner Harbor, so stop by for a piece of cake. Later that evening, an invitation-only party will fete those who paid $60 to become a Pride supporter. A highlight of that membership is a video documentary narrated by James Earl Jones. Bruce Quackenbush Jr., Pride's executive director, says the one-hour video is filled with never-before-seen footage, and will include the tragedy of Pride I, interviews with survivors and the birth of Pride II.

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Saturday was a special day at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. A crowd was expected for the honors convocation, which is the time when students, faculty and staff come together to pledge honesty in their academic work for the coming year.

The college also honored three individuals. Dr. Mildred Otenasek, class of '36 and professor emeritus of economics and political science, was recognized as a Distinguished Alumna for her service to the school. Sargent Shriver, chair of the board of Special Olympics, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, executive VP of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation and founder and honorary chairman of Special Olympics International, will receive the school's Pro Urbe Award. This award, inspired by St. Augustine, who spoke of building the "City of Man" into the "City of God," is given to those who have based their lives on this philosophy.

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