BSO gala looks eastward and brings in $350,000

September 18, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall has never looked prettier than it did for Fanfare '94. Phyllis Brotman and Dick Hug chaired the gala and cashed in on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Asian tour to Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Guests were given a taste of the Orient via music, sushi and models wearing kimonos and carrying fans and flowers.

Fanfare is the major fund-raiser for the BSO, and its success this year was due not only to the chairs, but also to people like Peter Angelos, who came up with a $50,000 sponsorship; Barbara Brotman Kaylor, who came up with splendid decorating ideas; Don Brotman, who acted as the official wine taster and selected the wines the Classic Catering People served with dinner; and Mary Foster, the unsung hero who managed the logistics of the whole thing.

All the work paid off, and they netted a record $350,000. Not only was the BSO board of directors pleased with that, but they were also most happy to bestow, for the first time, a new honor they created for exceptional circumstances. The rank of Life Director of the Corporation was given to Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Harvey "Bud" Meyerhoff. Although I'm sure that Bud was thrilled with the award, I bet it didn't dazzle him the way the lovely lady on his arm at the gala, Rheda Becker, did!

Among the 1,000 guests at the party were Ellen and Buddy Zamoiski, George and Carol McGowan, John Gidwitz, Millie and Patrick Deering, Otis Warren, Terry and Jim Rubenstein, Margaret Armstrong, B. J. and Bill Cowie, Arlene and Arnold Weiner, Patty and Mike Miller, Walter Amprey, Gretchen and Roger Redden, Mariann Burke, Janis Berger, Eileen and Gary Waitt, Phyllis and Michael Farren, Kevin Crawford, Mary Anne Slevin, Chris and Marilyn Poindexter, Eileen and Morty Goodman, Marcellus and Linda Alexander, Gary and Susan DiCamillo, Mary Jo and Brian Rogers, Frances and Rick Rockwell, Jackie and Steve Boesel, Kathy and Doug Dollenberg, Faith and Doug Dodge, and Dave and Karen Wolf.

I chatted with Maryland Attorney General Joe Curran, who had his daughter Katie O'Malley on his arm instead of wife Barbara. They left her at the nearby Irish Festival with Katie's husband, City Councilman Martin O'Malley, who was named Irish American of the Year, and his band, Smash the Windows, was playing.

Nancy and Tom Stuehler -- he founded LaFontaine Bleu and Truffles catering -- had some exciting news about their operation at the Belvedere Hotel. They have bought the John Eager Howard Room, the Owl Bar and the old 13th Floor, which they will run with their new partners, Pauli Santi, owner of Champagne Tony's, that wonderful South Baltimore restaurant that could never get a liquor license because of its close proximity to a church; and Telly Stroumbis, head waiter at Boccaccio's.

The Owl Bar will open in about a month, serving pizza, burgers and raw bar items for lunch and dinner. The John Eager Howard Room will become Champagne Tony's and open for dinner in about six weeks, and the 13th Floor will offer desserts, coffees and liquors.

Around town: Clarisse Mechanic, owner of the Mechanic Theatre, remembered actress Jessica Tandy fondly this past week. Her memories included the time she booked "The Fourposter," starring Tandy, at Ford's Theatre. That play, she says, was the only one in which her husband, Morris, ever invested; instead he chose to spend his money by building Baltimore a theater. . . .

Heads turned as former Philadelphia 76ers basketball great Julius "Dr. J" Irving teed off recently at Hillendale Country Club golf course. Dr. J's partner was Baltimore lawyer and Hillendale prez John Kenny.

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