The first 5K Race for the Cure was successful beyond anyone's wildest dreams. A walloping 2,200 Marylanders ran and helped raise $100,000 to fight breast cancer.
Robert Colombo, president of Sfuzzi, gave a party at his Baltimore restaurant for race organizers and for his old friend Nancy Brinker, who founded the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Dallas, Texas, in memory of her sister, who died of breast cancer.
Others attending the party were Brinker's stepdaughter, Brenda Bottum, who co-chaired the race with Ann Polk, a cancer survivor, and her husband, Steve; Dr. Martin Abeloff, director of the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center; Jennifer Barrett, New Balance Athletic Shoes; Dr. Nancy Davidson; Dr. Neil Friedman; Dr. Nagi Khouri; Barbara Blum and Graham Kirk; Kevin and Carolyn O'Keefe; Ida Samet; Dr. Stephen Schimpff and his wife, Carol; Dr. Patricia Schmoke, honorary chair of the race and a breast cancer survivor; Mark and Denise Schnitzer; Mayo Shattuck; and Priscilla Welch, a New York marathon winner and a breast cancer survivor.
I'm told race day was an inspiring sight: a sea of pink visors worn by about 200 breast cancer survivors and others with signs indicating they were running in memory of a loved one who had died of breast cancer. A cancer survivor, Ann Adelson from College Park, took first-place honors in the 60-64 age group with a time of 24 minutes and 59 seconds. Overall first-place winner was Charlotte Thomas with a time of 17 minutes and 39 seconds.
Maryland's hillsides aren't the only thing rolling these days. Movie cameras are everywhere. Our fair state has become quite the place for Hollywood to make movies, and it seems that parts of the beautiful Worthington Valley are perfect for a couple of scenes in the yet unnamed suspense mystery being made here.
Imagine the excitement at the Worthington Tavern when Bruce Beresford, of "Her Alibi" and "Driving Miss Daisy" fame, filmed shots of the English Tudor stucco tavern.
The tavern, which opened at 14436 Falls Road as Ensor's Inn in 1941, was renamed when the owner's son and daughter-in-law, Ann and Grant Coombs Jr., took over in 1982.
According to Ann Coombs, they were told the tavern was perfect for a scene in a deer hunter's lodge. What made it even more exciting was that about 20 of their regular customers were in the scene.
Don't despair if you didn't get your invitation to the 78th Simcha Dinner to honor five members of the Levinson family, who are still involved in the Sol Levinson & Brothers funeral home business. Just consider the billboard that B'nai B'rith leased on the corner of Old Court and Reisterstown Road your invite.
It says that Burton, Stanley, Irv, Ira and Ellensue Levinson are being cited because of the family's 101 years of commitment to the Jewish community. Lt. Gov. Mickey Steinberg will be the toastmaster, and the keynote speaker will be Michael Berenbaum, project director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, at the Nov. 4 event at the Chizuk Amuno Congregation. Tickets are $100 and may be reserved by calling (410) 484-6200.
Who says you can't go home? After 9 1/2 years at WMAR, Horace Holmes is going back to his Washington roots at WJLA, Channel 7, as host of "The Morning Show."
Holmes was best described by his WMAR co-anchor Rudy Miller as being too nice for the television business. Holmes says the Washington job offers him a great opportunity and that he's really excited about what lies ahead.
There was a lot of excitement when this year's Lifesongs committee learned that Liza Minnelli would be the star attraction the sixth annual concert to benefit the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Minnelli, who was once known as "Judy Garland's daughter," has carved out a name for herself and has won three Tonys, an Oscar, two Golden Globe awards and an Emmy. She'll belt out songs at the Baltimore Arena Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for Lifesongs '93 range from $35 to $100 and are available through Ticketmaster, (410) 481-SEAT, the Arena, (410) or Lifesongs, (410) 653-5520.