.TC Baltimoreans Michael and Jessica Bronfein, NeighborCare Pharmacy owners, were among the 250 guests invited to the wedding of Nicole Boxer and Tony Rodham in Washington. The ceremony was held in the White House Rose Garden and the reception was in the East Room. I'm told once everyone got over the awe of being in the White House with Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, the sister of the groom, they had a great time.
Michael, finance director for Mickey Steinberg's gubernatorial campaign, took some time away from the campaign to entertain his old friend Tony before the wedding. First, he invited 12 friends for a bachelor party golf outing at Caves Valley, followed by crabs at Obrycki's. Later that evening, the bride and groom were toasted and roasted at a party at Max's on Broadway.
The strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" filled a tent at Villa Julie College as 313 graduates filed in for graduation exercises. The Big Day at last, and you can bet commencement speaker Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski gave the grads plenty of "pearls of wisdom" to take with them.
After the graduation, where the senator was given an honorary doctor of humane letters degree, Villa Julie President Carolyn Manuszak held a reception for the senator, who was accompanied by aides Anita Harewood and Terry Curtis. Others at the reception included Don Ratcliffe, an architect and chairman of the school's board of trustees; state delegates Tim Maloney and Richard Dixon; William Hellmann, engineer; Judge Mary Seely Barranco; State Sen. Paula Hollinger; Wendy LaGrant of 98 ROCK; BGE Vice President Tom Brady; former head honcho at WBAL-radio Al Burk; Joe Haskins Jr., Harbor Bank of Maryland; Sister Carol Wheeler and Amy Gibson, Mercy High School; as well as three faculty members whose sons were in the graduating class -- Regina Lauer's son, Jeffrey; John O'Neill's son, John Joseph; and Roger Bridges' son, Douglas Carl, who was voted to receive the "Unsung Graduate Award" by his classmates.
Today at noon, the 48th anniversary of Italian Republic Day will be celebrated at the Columbus Piazza on President Street. The Honorable Francesco Legaluppi, consul of Italy, will join members of the Italian American Organizations United Inc. of Maryland and the Societa Cavalieri D'Italia for the festivities. Two prominent citizens, Anthony Piccinini and Carl Julio, will be honored.
In the midst of all my Preakness activities, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Leonard S. Jacobson was wined and dined at his retirement dinner at Martin's West. Judge Jacobson took a one-day vacation before beginning his new job as the Special Master in the Family Law Settlement Court.
I am told that co-hosts C. Carey Deeley of Venable, Baetjer and Howard and Judge Larry Daniels were such a great comedy team that they could take their act on the road.
Alan Quille, businessman/philanthropist, and Mebane Turner, president of the University of Baltimore, who were honored by the Charm City Foundation at a recent dinner. The evening was a pretty heady experience for a McDonogh School senior, Sonia Chase, who received the 1994 Coach Earl Banks Miss Basketball Award for outstanding achievements on and off the court . . . J. R. Plienis, a McDonogh sophomore who landed one of the 22 positions on the 1994 U.S. Cadet Wrestling Team. The championships will be held in Frankfort, Ill., at the end of June. A record 538 wrestlers entered the trials, where J. R. claimed the 209 pound title . . . Bessie Sherman, the new superintendent of Hampton National Historic Site in Towson.