Orioles are a hit with business leaders

April 22, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

The Greater Baltimore Committee's (GBC) annual Orioles luncheon, starring the entire Orioles team, was a standing-room-only affair Wednesday. More than 1,100 people filled Stouffer's ballroom to see their favorite players such as Cal Ripken, Raphael Palmeiro, Sid Fernandez, Chris Sabo, Brady Anderson, Tim Hulett, Ben McDonald, Mike Mussina and Lee Smith.

This marks the Orioles' 40th anniversary and the 16th year that the GBC has brought members of the business community together with the Orioles to celebrate the beginning of baseball season. And what a beginning it is, not only are the O's near first place in the American League East, but "Wild Bill" Hagy and "Thank God, I'm a Country Boy" are back and I love it!

GBC president Don Hutchinson welcomed guests, then spent the rest of the day laughing at the antics of the talented Jon Miller, WBAL-radio's voice of the Orioles. Miller introduced people, as only he can do with funny little true and not-so-true stories. Others I saw at the luncheon were O's owner Peter Angelos; Hall of Famer Chuck Thompson and his wife, Betty; Roland Hemond; Frank Robinson; Deke Miller; Walter Sondheim; Gary Handleman; Edie Brown; Jim Speros; Bill Dunbar; Frank Wright; Bob Embry and Walter Amprey.

O's tables were filled with Wayne Gioioso, Stephen Geppi, Roger Blunt, Joe Foss, George Stamas, Charles Steinberg, Julie Wagner, Phil Itzoe and Ernie Accorsi, who Jon Miller referred to as the Orioles new receivers coach. I sat at the Hunt Valley Marriott table with Mac McGiver, Carol Hagan, Jane Weeks, Dave Hinshaw, Dick Matthews, Jenell Trigg and Claudenia and Wayne Burgemeister.

They allowed a few questions at the end from fans and all were well received, except one question about why a certain play was allowed to go the way it did. Then our very nice manager, Mr. Oates, was not so nice, considering the format of the day.

But it was Channel 13's Kelly Saunders, who asked my questions, "How did Cal Ripken or Peter Angelos feel about Wild Bill Hagy's impromptu cheering this week, and if the owners had plans to give him free tickets." Everyone admitted they loved the old "roar from 34," but no word on the free tickets, YET!

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More than 60 local luminaries spent $100 each to have breakfast at the Center Club Wednesday morning with Bob Ehrlich, who's running for the 2nd Congressional seat, which is being vacated by Helen Delich Bentley, who's running for governor. The host for the fund-raiser was Janice Donahue, vice president of Industrial Shows of America, who was with her parents, Jean and Jim Donahue, Industrial Shows of America; Bob's wife, Kendel; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ehrlich Sr.

Others who stopped by were lobbyist Bruce Bereano; Piper & Marbury's Virginia Adams; Barbara Spicer, Smith, Sommerville and Case; Rocky Worcester, Maryland Business for Responsive Government; Dr. Robert Stoltz; Melanie Panos Ortel, Panos Ortel Associates; Chuck Cross -- Jr. and Sr. -- Industrial Shows of America; John Wilke and Brian Merritt, Walpert, Smullian & Blumenthal; former Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago J. Fife Symington; Phil Grillo, P.C. Grillo Co; Hal Hathaway, Thornhill Properties; Charles Albert, Piper & Marbury; and James A. C. Kennedy, T. Rowe Price.

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Phillip Worrall is serving his first term as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Hannah More School, a private, non-profit school for seriously emotionally disabled adolescents. It was in that capacity that Mr. Worrall invited several dozen people to his farm to kick off the first-ever benefit auction. Although the benefit isn't taking place until Oct. 16, board co-chairs Brenda Crabbs and Jesse Williams decided to get the ball rolling. Channel 2 news anchor Beverly Burke, also a board member, is the honorary chair, and Richard Opfer has agreed to be the auctioneer.

Others who'll be on the lookout for unique auction items are Camille Wheeler, Janet and Henry Lewis, Peter O'Brien, Melanie and Donald Heacock, Frank Rosenthal, Sylvia and Henry Naiman, Mina and Ed Wender, Bill Young, Karen Adler, Dale Balfour, Sandi Dennison, Ben Crabbs, Tom James, Betsy Kahl, Ed Kelley, Charles Klein, Wanda Nesbitt, Candy Simonds, Michael Paul Smith, Carin Smith, Shirley Smith and Judy Sussman.

Proceeds will be used to buy computer, video and audio equipment for the students.

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Around town:

* There is still time to walk in one of the five county March of ## Dimes Walk-a-thons taking place Sunday. Walkers can meander through the countrysides of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford or Howard counties. Or if meandering isn't your style, there's a Senior stroll and a Buggy Brigade at all locations. Call (800) 927-WALK to register . . .

* Best wishes to the 20 high school seniors who were presented at the City of Baltimore's Cotillion Ball. This event, sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks, was emceed by WJZ's Stan Saunders and V-103's Jean Ross . . .

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