Merry Christmas to all and Happy Birthday to my two Christmas babies.
There are many special people, who did so much to make Christmas a happier time for those who are having financial problems this year. I wish I could name everyone, but here's a sampling of some who are certain to have a special Christmas feeling that comes only from helping others.
So, I wish champagne and sugar plums to:
Don McCafferty, son of the former head coach for the Baltimore Colts and owner of McCafferty's in Mount Washington. He donated 500 pounds of meat to The Door, which is run by former Baltimore Colt and now the Rev. Joe Erhmann, to distribute to zTC the community residents . . .
Carolyn Anderson, Julie Foard, Jeanne Gary, Brenda Baldwin, Laura Berg, Anida England, and Alice Moro, Department of General Services employees. Their Christmas tree won the Governor's Award, which is the top award, in the state's annual tree-trimming competition. The winning tree was sent to St. Vincent's Infant Home along with almost $500 they had raised, plus there were toys and clothing for every child at the home . . .
All the other wonderful state employees, who decorated trees and collected money, toys, food and clothing for needy children and families all over the state . . .
Nathan Carter, Morgan State University's music director, who gives unselfishly of his time, and had conducted an All-Maryland choir every year for the state's tree trimming party.
Secretary of Licensing and Regulation Bill Fogle, who helped save a man's life last week at a dinner party. He quickly came to the rescue of a fellow dinner companion who was choking on a piece of chicken. Fogle commented that he had only recently learned to do the Heimlich maneuver and was relieved to know that it works.
The Advertising Association of Baltimore's (AAB) annual Holiday Party and Great Adventures Auction was held at the lovely old Belvedere Hotel. More than 250 people attended the soiree, which raised $47,000 for the AAB Scholarship Fund and Action for the Homeless.
Notables at the party were Channel 13's Marcellus Alexander; Channel 11's Phil Stoltz; Graham Kirk, Gray, Kirk/VanSant; Barbara Blum Patz, the Blum Group; and Bruce Levinson of Alex Cooper Auctioneers, who did a great job getting top dollar for the auction items.
Chick Davis, AAB executive director, worked with talented members Bob Butterfield, Fox 45; Kathleen Timpson, 98 Rock; John Guidera, Doner; Colleen O'Hare, Blum Group; Linda Partyke, Partyke & Partners; Cherie Regensburg, Penn Advertising, Bill Hopkinson, V-103 radio; and Nora Koontz, WBAL, to make the party a great success.
P.S. Tonight from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., the first annual Matzo Ball will be in full swing at Bohager's in Fells Point. According to Merritt Dworkin, who handles catering and marketing for Bohager's and Weber's, Matzo Balls have been held in Washington and Florida for years. And since so many people from Baltimore traveled to Washington, they decided we would have our own. Tickets are $20 and more than 800 people are expected!