Honors before 'Sisters'

April 24, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

The Baltimore Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) began its 100th-anniversary celebration with a gala theater party at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, before the opening-night performance of "The Sisters Rosensweig" at the Mechanic.

One of the highlights of the evening was honoring five women who, the NCJW feels, have dared to make a difference. First, Dr. Georgeanna Jones, who, along with her husband, Dr. Howard Jones, is credited with the first successful live birth in the United States resulting from in-vitro fertilization. (And in the what-a-small-world department: Dr. Andrew London was only 15 when he was a scrub technician for this famous couple, and they so inspired him that he has gone on to become one of Baltimore's most noted OB/GYNs -- plus he's the husband of Anne London, who, besides being a broker with Chas. Greenblatt Realtor, is NCJW president.)

The other dynamos honored were Susan Keating, president of NationsBank; Nancy Grasmick, state superintendent of schools; Rudy Miller, founder of Maryland Family Magazine; and City Council President Mary Pat Clarke, who is running for mayor of Baltimore.

Channel 2's Beverly Burke did a great job emceeing a NCJW video that Channel 2 made for the occasion, and she and Anne London worked together on the evening program, which included recognizing a huge gathering of past presidents like Lois Rosenfield, Elyce Stern and Gloria Harris.

Others I saw at the party were Dr. London, his mom and stepfather, Beverly and Philip Sachs; Dr. Howard Jones; Lou Grasmick; centennial chair Debbie Feinberg and her husband, Michael; Susan and Gary Talles; Linda and Bernard Robbins; Shoshana Bravmann; Lois and Howard Shofer; Emily Barr and her fiance, Scott Kane; Doug Lewin; Cindy Hilbert; Ann and Jeff Maddox; and Denise and Dan Stokes.

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What do Robert Santoni of Santoni's Markets, Rick MacDougall of St. Joe Container Co., and Elayne Hettleman of Leadership-Baltimore County have in common? They're the respective presidents of Essex, Dundalk and Catonsville Community College Foundations, who are collaborating on "A Day at the Races," which will benefit all three schools.

Len Hale, veep for racing at Pimlico and a member of the Essex Foundation, and John Mooney, GM of Pimlico and Laurel, have given them 10,000 tickets to sell at $6 each for the races on May 7, which is also Kentucky Derby Day. The package includes parking, program, a souvenir glass and two passes to a future day of racing. So call (410) 780-6832 for ticket information.

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If you've ever wanted to spend the day playing golf at Caves Valley Golf Course, May 2 is your chance. It's $500 a person to register, then you can join players like Charles Baum, attorney; George Ferris Jr., CEO of Ferris, Baker Watts; Stuart Greenebaum, developer and chairman of the Medical Center board; Dr. Steven Schimpff, acting director of the center; Hap Schroeder, First National Bank; John Segall, owner Segall-Majestic; Ron Shapiro, attorney; Philip Stolz, CEO, WBAL-TV; and George Wood, First National Bank.

Proceeds from the May 2 two-person, best-ball tournament will benefit the University of Maryland Cancer Center. Call (410) 328-5506 for more information.

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If you're looking for something interesting as well as fun to do on May 8, Mother's Day, you might enjoy visiting the Queen Anne County Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage. The doors of 13 places will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Janet Doehler, chair, and Millie Downey, co-chair, are pleased to have such a variety of homes on this year's tour -- such as Great Neck, which was built in four parts over two centuries beginning in the early 1700s, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Guthrie; Reed's Creek Farm, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Heilman; Pioneer Point, one of seven original employee houses built on John Rascob's 1,600-acre estate, which was transformed by Robert Price; and the homes of Mr. and Mrs. John Brice, Mr. and Mrs. Ridgely C. Kelly, and Mr. and Mrs. Blair Robinett.

A $6.50 box lunch filled with Queen Anne County food items may be bought at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. For information about $20 tickets and maps, call (410) 821-6933.

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