A night to remember is what Beth Goldsmith, chairwoman of the Hopkins Weizmann Research Exchange program, hopes "A Celebration of Achievement" will be on Sept. 11. How can it miss? Tony Randall has signed on as the master of ceremonies and even Sara Lee (of the desserts!) Schupf will be there in her capacity as chair of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute, to present a special award to this year's guest of honor, Hopkins prez William C. Richardson.
Last year's honorees, Dr. Marc Gertner and his wife, Nancy, an attorney, are also working on the Sunday evening event at the Peabody. Guests have two ticket options -- for couples giving $5,000 or more, the evening will begin with a 5:30 p.m. cocktail party followed by dinner where they can hobnob with Randall in the Peabody Library. Couples who give $500 or more should arrive at Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall by 7:30 p.m., where Randall will emcee a presentations ceremony, which will be followed by a musical concert and an elaborate supper-dessert afterward in the library.
If you would like to make reservations, call Linda Blumenthal at (410) 363-8806.
Producer-director Ron Israel has a new local television show, "Behind the Scenes," which begins airing tonight on Comcast cable channels 49 and 53 at 7:30. The show will repeat itself Tuesday and Friday for several weeks before a new show airs. Highlighting tonight's show is an interview with Stephen L. Miles, best known for his television ads, who also has a weekly radio show with his daughter and is a budding comedian who performs occasionally at the Comedy Factory.
Other hosts of the new show, which will take a close look at our entertainment scene, will include Israel; Nan Rosenthal, WJHU-FM radio; Priscilla Mack, WCBM-AM radio; Henry Westray, a state employee; and Lou Cedrone, whom many will remember as the longtime movie-stage critic for The Evening Sun. FYI: The next show will highlight Cedrone and his one-time morning Sun counterpart, Hal Gardner, who will discuss the good old days of being critics at The Sun.
Fellow employees at BGE found the perfect way to honor the memory of Katherine "Kitty" Donahue, who died in an accidental fire in 1993. According to her co-workers, she loved to cook and always brought birthday cakes and treats for office gatherings.
So what better tribute to her than a cookbook? Carol Briley, Milt Bowen, Danielle Leimkuhler and Mary Eiseley created 'Watt's Cookin," which sells for $5. All money from book sales go to the Baltimore Regional Burn Center Foundation and to date more than $600 has been raised.
If you're interested buying a book, call Joe Coffey, (410) 550-0895.
The Baltimore Jewish Times celebrated its 75th anniversary in style with a gala party and concert at Oregon Ridge. The paper invited its entire readership and advertiser base and nearly 7,500 said yes to a Gershwin concert and the premiere of a composition by renowned Israeli composer Paul Schoenfield, commissioned by Times owner Chuck Buerger for the occasion.
Andy Buerger, representing the fourth generation of the family to be involved with the Jewish Times, presented plaques to George Bernstein, Hess Shoes; Ira Levinson, Sol Levinson & Bros.; and Wayne Moser, Amoco; all their companies have advertised in the paper for the last 75 years.
Among the 300 or so guests at the party were Felice and Darrell Friedman, Sarah and Jonathan Klein, Terry and Richard Lansburgh, Connie Caplan, and Barbara and Sam Himmelrich.
Congratulations to Brett Hammon, who signed on as a navigator the Annapolis-Bermuda races and ended up winning the Navigator's Trophy. Hammon took his Coastal and Celestial navigation courses at Essex Community College . . .
No, Channel 11's general assignment reporter Lila Orbach has not been on vacation the last three weeks. She has left Baltimore's airways for Boston, where she will anchor the 5 p.m. news for another Hearst station, the New England Cable News Channel, NECN. She will anchor the 5 p.m. news on this CNN-type station, which has a 24-hour news operation. In the short time she was at WBAL-TV, she was host of "The Forgotten Child," and was active with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.