Partygoers 'monopolize' for Kidney Foundation

SYLVIA BADGER

November 12, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

Monopoly was the name of the game at this year's eighth annual Kidney Foundation Maryland Ball, which was held at the B&O Railroad Museum. Monopoly games and black top hats filled with multicolored balloons adorned 40 or so tables. Party planners dedicated this year's ball to the memory of Dr. John Josselson, a local nephrologist who died last year.

Some of those planners were Dr. Morton Rapoport, president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System; Riggs, Counselman Michaels & Downes vice president Tom Healy and his wife, Susan; and Pamela Pasqualini, First National Bank vice president, and her husband, Greg Huff, vice president Corestates Investment Banking.

Others seen dancing to the music of the Headliners were Legg Mason's D. Stuart Bowers and his wife, Lois; Dr. Steve Bartlett; Dr. David Berliner and Dr. Barbara Fivush; Nancy and Michael Pretl, he's with Pretl & Erwin; Ed and Terry DellaVecchia, she's with SCM Chemicals; Dr. Dave Spector and his wife, Sandy; and Dotty and Burt Greenwood, he's with Bel Air Auto Auction.

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Next Friday, the Virginia Opera officially begins its season in Norfolk with the most lavish production in its 19-year history. "Turandot" will be performed in the city's new Harrison Opera House, which was named in honor of Edythe Harrison, founder of the opera company, and in memory of her husband, Stanley.

And, what, you are saying, does that have to do with Baltimore? Well, one cool million dollars of the money raised for the opera house was donated by Mrs. Harrison's son-in-law, Martin Grass, who lives here. Mr. Grass, president and COO of the largest drug store chain in the country, Rite Aid Corporation, is married to Mrs. Harrison's daughter, Jody.

* The music and dancing of the fabulous '50s will be celebrated tomorrow night at Catonsville Community College. If you're too young to remember the music of Little Richard, Elvis, the Platters, Buddy Holly and the Beach Boys, take it from me, it's great for dancing.

The Hubcaps, a former top-40 band which plays '50s-'60s music exclusively now, will perform at this fund-raiser for the Re Visions Foundation, which is celebrating 10 years of service to Baltimore County. The mental health foundation's new director, Liz Shively, wants you to know that $23 tickets are available at the door and that price includes beer, wine and set-ups.

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There's a very special fund-raiser taking place next Friday night. The Anna Butta Memorial Dinner Dance will be held at the Ruritan Club in Davidsonville to raise money for the American Cancer Society of Southern Anne Arundel County.

There are a lot of reasons this is so special. First and foremost, she was a very nice lady, who I had the privilege of seeing at dozens of parties and conventions that she would attend with her husband, Hank, who was head of C&P Telephone in Maryland for many years.

Anna's daughter, Anne Butta, is working on the fund-raiser which includes "First Class" music and food catered by Adam's the Place for Ribs Restaurant. Tickets are only $40 a person and if you'd like to reserve tickets or if you'd like to make a donation in Anna's name, please call (410) 721-4304.

* Congratulations to the University of Baltimore's Alumni of the Year. Keep in mind that these people are selected based on their contributions to the community as well as to the university.

Honorees were: school of law, Peter Ward, a partner with Bernstein, Sakellaris, Ward & Truhe; liberal arts, Melanie C. Pereira, deputy commissioner for the Maryland Division of Correction; and business, Morton Goldman, managing partner of the Baltimore office of Grant Thornton.

* Last week, Baltimore native Andrew Cooper, who is president and COO of Burson-Marsteller's New York office, returned home to deliver the keynote address at the Public Relations Society of America's Chesapeake Conference. Cooper graduated from Baltimore City College, one year ahead of Mayor Kurt Schmoke, where he was the editor-in-chief of the school paper, the Collegian. Cooper's family still live in Baltimore and are the owners of Cooper's Camera Mart.

* Old-timers may remember the days when John Sterling was a talk show host on WCBM-AM. John went on to be the voice of the New York Yankees, but he remained close to one of his old WCBM buddies, Mike March, who works for Bond Distributing Company.

March tells me that he had a great time recently when he flew to Sacramento, Calif., for John's marriage to Jennifer Contreras. And I'm sure Mike will not forget the trip for a long time, if his wife Janet, has anything to say about it. Not only could Janet not attend because she had to work, but her birthday was the same day as the wedding. Need I say more?

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