The governor gets his due at Lifetime Awards dinner

May 06, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

The Maryland Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation has been around since 1948, but its Lifetime Awards dinners began in 1992. Annual awards are given to those deemed exemplary members of our community, such as last year's winner, developer James Rouse.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer received the accolades at this year's black-tie dinner at Scarlett Place. Innovative Gourmet did a great job with the food, which was noted by emcee Richard Sher. As a matter of fact, the good food came up when he introduced speaker Bill Jews. Mr. Sher talked about Mr. Jews' background and achievements, then he came to the part where he said, "and Bill is CEO of one of Maryland's largest health insurers . . .," as he scrambled to find the slip of paper with the company's name, finally crying out, "Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland." Mr. Jews smiled as he stepped up to the podium, "Thanks, Richard. I was concerned for a moment that I'd be introduced as a dessert."

Others tapped to praise Mr. Schaefer were Piper & Marbury's Decatur Miller, Maryland Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick, and Phillips Seafood Restaurants' owner Shirley Phillips, who ended her remarks with a prayer for Governor Schaefer, "Dear Lord, let him get us a football team."

Governor Schaefer's old friend, Walter Sondheim, chaired the dinner, which also was attended by Dr. Edward Morris, Foundation chair; Maryland's official hostess, Hilda Mae Snoops; Marcellus Alexander, WJZ's general manager and vice chair of the dinner; Zelig Robinson, chair of MPT commissioners; Ken Trout, Signet Bank; Jim Dale, W.B. Doner & Co.; and Hal Donofrio, RM&D.

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Henry Kissinger and Jehan Sadat were among the notables at a recent dinner at the Grove Worldwide Lodge in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. The gala evening was another attempt to stir up interest and money to fund the Anwar Sadat Chair for Population, Development and Peace at the University of Maryland College Park. Mrs. Sadat and former U.S. Sen. Joe Tydings co-chaired the dinner, which attracted Gerald Evans, Rifkin, Evans Silver & Rozner; Maryland Senate President Mike Miller; House of Delegates Speaker Cas Taylor; and William Kirwan, UM president, who is hoping the Sadat Chair will be inaugurated in the fall.

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A recent fund-raiser for the Children's Museum was indeed a BIG event, raising approximately $30,000 for its education programs. This year's soiree, held in the museum's future home at 34 Market Place, was chaired by Jan Braun and Gay Legg, whose creative decorations awed some 300 guests at the party. Todd Parchman, Ferris, Baker Watts; Susan and John Keating, NationsBank; president of the museum's board of directors Janet Marie Smith and husband Bart Harvey; and museum executive director Bea Taylor and husband Norman were among those who watched as the Eastside Rockers surprised Lainy LeBow Sachs with a birthday serenade, a la hubby Leonard Sachs.

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More than 450 people "pigged out" on 30 of the best desserts in town to raise money for the Epilepsy Association. This year's "A Sweet Deal" was co-chaired by Loretta and Alan Garfinkle, and raised $38,000.

Before guests arrived, a panel of judges -- including Eddie Applefeld, chef Jan Bandula, Albert Kirchmayr, Ron Matz, chef Michael Rork, Bryan Soronson and Elane Stein -- gave their sweet teeth a workout to decide the winners. Over all winner in the non-chocolate category was an almond-cappuccino cream cake prepared by Carol Martielli, Fine Catering, and the chocolate winner was a chocolate rum crunch cake prepared by Laurel Piper, Linwood's.

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Humorist Art Buchwald will lecture on "Humor and Medicine" May 17 at Shriver Hall at the Johns Hopkins University. Washington Post Vice President Ben Bradlee will be there to do the introductions.

The evening is a benefit for the Lucas Scott Livingston Memorial Fund at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Lucas died in 1992 at the age of 6 after a five-month battle with leukemia. His parents, Clare King and Dr. Gordon Livingston, decided to help families in need of a place to stay while their children are treated at Hopkins. They worked with Debbie and Christopher Smith, owners of the Tremont Plaza Hotel, and recently dedicated the Lucas Scott Livingston Memorial Suite at the hotel. They've raised about $120,000 to provide a hotel suite for needy families year-round, but need $150,000 to $200,000 to begin a perpetual endowment.

Tickets for the lecture are $25, but if you'd like to sip champagne and eat dessert with Mr. Buchwald and Mr. Bradlee after the lecture, tickets will be $75 more. For information, call Dr. Livingston at (410) 964-5351.

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