Maryland's most prominent real estate and waterfront restoration planner, Jim Rouse, will be rubbing elbows with national celebs like Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin, Judy Blume, Garth Brooks, HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, outgoing New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Mike Mills, Roger Rosenblatt, and Kathleen Turner at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Sunday night.
But it's Rouse who will be the center of attention. He has been selected by People for the American Way to receive the group's "Spirit of Liberty Award," for his lifelong support of tolerance and diversity. And if you think he's in good company at the party, take a look at the past winners of this prestigious award: Norman Lear, TV producer and founder of People for the American Way; Ted Turner, founder and owner of the Turner Broadcasting System and Cable News Network; journalists Walter Cronkite and Bill Moyers; former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan; former Random House Chairman Robert Bernstein; philanthropist and former Time Inc. CEO Andrew Heiskell; and Arthur Krim, founder of United Artists.
Seven hundred people are expected to attend the dinner, where Harry Belafonte will perform.
Pam and Jerry Schiavino named their new Timonium restaurant, Palermo's Grill, for Steve Palermo, then threw an opening-night party that raised more than $8,000 for the Steve Palermo Spinal Cord Injury Foundation.
The Schiavinos have been friends of Steve and Beth Palermo for years. Palermo is the former American League umpire who suffered severe spinal cord injury when he was shot while trying to help two waitresses being attacked in a parking lot.
Among those who stopped to say hello to the Palermos and to see the new eatery were National league Umpire Eric Gregg, celebrity mouthpiece Ron Shapiro, author and baseball announcer Rex Barney, Orioles coach Elrod Hendricks, Orioles GM Roland Hemond, Lou Battistone, the restaurant's architect, Alan and Cindy Schiff -- he's an accountant -- and Baltimore police Capt. Michael Andrews and his wife, Carter.
The Teachers Association of Baltimore County, TABCO, is celebrating its 75th anniversary next Friday at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn. I was amused to see that TABCO has invited Alan Prell to be its master of ceremonies. He's the WBAL-radio talk show host who has been allowed by his station to carry on what I consider to be a relentless campaign to get Baltimore County Superintendent of Schools Stuart Berger fired. Betcha TABCO gets its fill of Berger bites that evening.
Remember the success of the U. S. Olympic Gymnastic Trials when they were held in Baltimore last year? Well, Maryland's Sports Corp. took that data and sold Baltimore as the site for another prestigious competition. The Reese's World Gymnastics Cup will be held at the Baltimore Arena on Jan. 23. This is such a biggie that ABC's "Wide World of Sports" will tape and air the show on Jan. 29.
Here are a few sports Top-20 stars who will be competing --
Maryland Olympian Dominique Dawes; Olympic silver medalist Shannon Miller; Ukraine champion Tatiana Gutsu; Olympic gold medalist Trent Dimas; German silver medalist Andreas Wecker; Hungarian gold medalist Henrietta Onodi; and a gold medalist from the Soviet Republic of Georgia, Vladimir Gogoladze.
Tickets are on sale now, so go to a TicketMaster outlet or call the Baltimore Arena at (410) 481-SEAT.
Lots of neat things happening -- the Carriage House Collection at the Evergreen House on North Charles Street is open through Saturday. It's a fund-raiser for Johns Hopkins Hospital. Be sure to take a look at the unique items in the Splurge Ltd. booth, which belongs to Bunny Dugan, the talented wife of one of Baltimore's best-known pediatricians, Hammond Dugan . . .
On Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Baltimore Publishers Association will hold its 12th annual publications show in the Camden Club at Camden Yards. This show gives readers of all ages a chance to browse and learn all there is to know about the book production process. Admission is free . . .
Next Friday night, Tom Clancy, best selling author and one of the Orioles owners, will join Pediatric Oncology Friends at a benefit bull roast at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. A live auction of Clancy's working manuscript "Without Remorse," which was released in August and is already No. 1 on the best-seller list, is certain to bring a lot of money. Tickets are $100, 60 percent is tax deductible. Call (410) 272-1331 . . .
The Variety Club is having a bull and oyster roast on Sunday at the Teamsters Local 570 Hall on Eastern Avenue. The doors open at 12:30 p.m., and for five hours people will eat, drink and be merry while raising funds to buy vans to transport sick children. Tickets are $25.