Jim McManus honored for his service to humanity

September 09, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

Members of the Advertising and Professional Club of Baltimore awarded one of Maryland's most popular and best known citizens, Jim (McKay) McManus with its Distinguished Service to Humanity Award at an Omni Hotel luncheon yesterday.

The ballroom was filled with friends and an array of Maryland politicos there to pay homage to this 12-time Emmy award-winning sportscaster -- even Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke found the time to pop in and give Jim a citation. Jim and his wife, Margaret, sat at the head table with club presidents Michael and Lois Hodes; program chair Clarisse Mechanic; State Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein; City States Attorney Stuart O. Simms; City Council President Mary Pat Clarke; racing czar Joe DeFrancis; Notre Dame College President Sister Rosemarie Nassif; and the outgoing president and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital Sister Cecilia Irwin, who is retiring after nearly 20 years.

One guest, invited to sit at the head table, was Gov. William Donald Schaefer, who opted to sit at a table with State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick, her husband Lou and advertising exec Hal Donofrio. Perhaps the guv wants to practice being a private citizen!

Others at the lunch were my favorite builder Leroy Kirby Sr.; Joe Boylan, Loyola College athletic director; Walt Gutowski, an old friend who's just been named as the director of business affairs for the Baltimore Orioles; attorney Sheldon Dagurt and his wife, Sue, who's with the American Heart Association.

After receiving lots of accolades, McKay rose and began telling fabulous stories about the good old days of television. He had just gotten to the part about his first offer from CBS in New York to host "The Real McKay," variety show, when the Omni's fire alarms went off and everyone had to leave the hotel.

Bombs will, again, be bursting in air over Baltimore as Marylanders celebrate the Battle of Baltimore, which took place Sept. 14, 1814. Tomorrow's all-day festivities at Fort Howard Park in North Point include re-enactments of the land battle between the British and the American troops at 11:30 a.m. and

4 p.m. Admission is $3 adults and under 12 free.

Sunday at 6:30 p.m., there'll be a free Defender's Day celebration that promises to knock your socks off at Fort McHenry. Take your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics and enjoy the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus' patriotic music; ++ the Fort McHenry Guard performing military tactics; the Maryland Army National Guard's mock bombardment, and the grand finale will be a fireworks show.

Before all this activity begins, Alan Walden, president of the Patriots of Fort McHenry, will introduce Dale Gallon, artist-in-residence at Gettysburg, and unveil Gallon's wonderful painting, "The Flag is Full of Stars." The ceremony kicks off a capital campaign to build a new visitor and education center at the fort. Signed, limited edition prints of the painting will be sold .. for $175 unframed and $350 framed. All proceeds go into the campaign, thanks to the generousity of Ed Hale and the Bank of Baltimore. If you'd like a print, call (410) 625-2202 and leave a message.

Stop by Bandaloops anytime between now and Oct. 30 for a feast for the eyes as well as the soul. The walls at this trendy South Charles street restaurant will be adorned with the watercolors of retired landscape architect Guy Chisolm and advertising exec Bill Wilson, who's the father of renowned Baltimore artist, Will Wilson.

If you remeber the good old days at Turkey Joe's, that funny little bar in Fells Point that so many of my News American buddies and I used to frequent, you might be interested in attending a reunion party tomorrow night. Turkey Joe, himself, will hold forth at the party at at the Steelworkers Hall on Dundalk Avenue. It's $20 to get in and the money is earmarked for an old friend Hank Hayes, who used to tend bar at Joe's. Several years ago, Hank suffered a devastating stroke, which left him with problems talking and walking. Now he lives in a house in Georgia that is geared for the handicapped. But his children live here, so Joe would like to raise money so Hank can see his children more often. Call Joe at (410) 444-8444 if you'd like to attend.

I remember when Rick Sarmiento was weighing a decision of whether he should go to Maui to manage the Hyatt hotel or or stay here and try to get the White House clothing shops moving. What a great decision he made. Rick recently opened up his 30th White House store in Palo Alto, Calif. So there was plenty to celebrate, besides his 50th birthday, at a party on Clipper City, which was thrown by his significant other, Penn Parking president Lisa Renshaw; The White House's Patricia Darrow Smith and Michael Smith; and Azzam Jordan's Gary Jordan and his wife, Sherry.

Others onboard were Rick's parents Hazel and Robert Sarmiento, Peggy and Tom Baldwin, Mark Joseph, Ed Novak, Paul Reamer, Gerry Hartung and Howard Rosen.

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