Laugh lines bring help to the homeless

March 18, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

Comedy Care '94, a comedy concert to benefit Health Care for the Homeless, played to a standing room only crowd of more than 1,000 at Goucher's Kraushaar Auditorium. Nationally known comedians Paul Rodriquez, Jeff Marder and Lani Frazier had folks rolling in the aisles.

The festivities began with a pre-concert reception for nearly 300 VIP guests, which included Jackie Gaines, executive director of Health Care for the Homeless; Coles Ruff, general manager for United Artists Cable of Baltimore; Mike McCarthy, WMIX radio; Sandra Pinkney, WJZ- TV; Francis Smith, National Business Archives; Dr. and Mrs. Richard Berkowitz; Dina Klicos; Anne and Roger Powell; and Pam and Allan Malester.

Lookin' good ... well-known Baltimore business man/sailor Peter Gordon was a most happy fellow at the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit's recent competition in Miami. Not only did his Farr 44, Gaucho, place 1st in class, but it won first overall out of the 20 or so other boats entered in the regatta. As you can imagine, it was celebration time for Gordon, his captain, John Bertrand, and his professional 11-man crew, most of whom are from the Annapolis area.

Some 700 McCormick stockholders attended the company's annual meeting at the Hunt Valley Inn this week. Among the nice things that took place, besides getting one of those wonderful goody bags filled with McCormick products, was when McCormick chairman Bailey Thomas asked his vice president of corporate communications, Jack Felton, to come forward.

Thomas saluted Felton for two decades as the man behind the scenes who made many things run smoothly, particularly the annual meetings. Felton has decided to retire at the end of the year. 'Twas a very nice gesture, Mr. Chairman.

All the publicity about the state police raid on The Block may have made some people unhappy, but not so for longtime Block historians, Chip Silverman and Bob Litwin. They have co-authored a book, "The Block," which is scheduled for national release this summer. Silverman, director of chemical dependency for Green Spring Health Services, and Litwin, who works for the Federal Health Care Financing Administration, have gleaned enough experiences from real-life people and situations to create a work of fiction about The Block. Silverman's first book, "Diner Guys," is expected to come out as a paperback sometime this year.

If you're planning to see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Baltimore Arena between now and March 27, you might enjoy this tidbit. Be sure to notice the talented ringmaster par excellence, Eric Michael Gillet, who is also an accomplished lyric tenor and composer. I'm told his first record album, "Sing a Rainbow," will be released this month. It will be a collection of songs for children.

Around town:

* Mary Anne Perry, best known as the midday announcer for WLIF-FM, Lite 102, and as one of the voices of the Maryland State Lottery, landed the leading role in the "Eye of God." This will be the East Coast premiere of this show, which runs April 14 through May 15 at the Axis Theatre, Meadowmill Complex, 3600 Clipper Mill Road.

Although she was a theater major at Towson State University, she hasn't had time to act for many years. So when she heard director Bryan Klaas was holding auditions for the play, she decided she'd try and voila, landed the starring role. Call (410) 243-5237 for information about show days and tickets which are $12.

* Rick Vaughn, Baltimore Orioles veteran public relations/media official, whose last day of work for the Orioles is Opening Day. The long hours have taken their toll on Rick, who did a great job. I hear he's taking a PR job with the Redskins . . .

* I hear Mary Abigail Keller looked lovely when she made her debut at the Holly Ball at the Hotel duPont in Wilmington, Del. She was presented on the arm of her father, Richard H. Keller, of Greenville. She's the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grant Dick and it is Mr. Dick who, as the former chairman of the Delaware Racing Commission, is largely credited with saving racing in that state . . .

* Peter Angelos, the managing general partner of the Baltimore Orioles, has agreed to be the honorary chairman of the March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon on April 17. Without question, he and another part O's owner, Tom Clancy, seem to be having a ball receiving honors, left and right. It's so refreshing to have local owners again . . .

* The Maryland Colonial Society will be honoring two of my favorite Marylanders, Margaret and Jim (McKay) McManus as their Marylanders of the Year. The 53rd annual Maryland Day ceremonies will be held at the Clarence Mitchell Court House at 11 a.m. March 25 followed by lunch at the Center Club . . .

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