Fun, education served up at Heartfest '95 benefit

January 22, 1995|By SYLVIA BADGER

Affairs of the heart were on the menu at Heartfest '95, the annual benefit for the Ciccarone Center. As many of you know, the center is named after Henry A. Ciccarone, the Johns Hopkins lacrosse coach who died from heart disease.

The goal of Heartfest is to have a good time while learning all about the latest heart research in the laboratory and in the kitchen. Guests should thank the following chefs for all the heart-healthy cuisine -- Jill Green, Larry Levy, Giovanni Rijato, Tony Chemmanoor, Gino Troia, Karim Lakhani, Holly Forbes, Aziz Safabry, John Wells, Richard Hindle, Randall Peck, Joseph Gohring, Harold Marmulstein and Spike Gjerde, who took off on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Hong Kong, so his brother Charlie took his place at the last minute.

Wines to complement each dish were selected by Dave Schroeder and Joe Ciletti, co-owners of the Wine Merchant and former Hopkins athletes who originated the idea of Heartfest.

Another interesting aside to this fund-raiser was an appearance by Isidor and Ann Saslav, who donated their time to play a piano and viola piece, "Four Strings Attached." This was written after Isidor, the concert master of the BSO for 17 years, had quadruple bypass surgery last February. He is doing so well that he will play 150 concerts this year.

The Patty Reese Band was next and wowed the crowd with Motown, rhythm and blues, and oldies. Tony Sciuto, a Baltimore recording artist on the Epic label, was the band's guest. I'm told Tony has been asked to make several appearances on ABC's "Full House."

Another former Hopkins lacrosse player at the party was Broadway star Kevin Kilner, most recently onstage with Julie Harris in "The Glass Menagerie." Others at the party were Cheryl and Ken Baughman -- he's director of cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital; Nancy and George Gephart -- he's retired from BGE; Marty and Ed Speno -- he's chair of the Ciccarone executive committee; Tammy and Jerry Schnydman -- he's a former lacrosse star and now director of alumni relations at Hopkins; Ozzie and Joseph Cowan -- he's the former Hopkins lacrosse and football star who owns Cowan Systems; my favorite heart specialist, Dr. Roger Blumenthal, creator of the center; Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, co-director of the center; and Dr. Simeon Margolis and his wife, Bebe -- he's also a co-director of the center.

Looking good

It just doesn't get any better than this, says Baltimore Convention and Visitors Association's Gil Stotler and others associated with promoting Baltimore.

Never have they experienced such a January, thanks to all the publicity associated with the big network switch. Stotler recently spent two days with Hal Glicksman, a free-lance producer with NBC, shooting spots that will air on the "Today Show" in six weeks. "CBS This Morning" will be here soon, and "Good Morning America" has been here twice.

Stotler estimates it would cost at least $1 million to buy this kind of national exposure.

Pet has pig plans

If Fallston native and Penthouse magazine's "Pet of the Month" last December, Brandi Lee Braxton, has her way, she'll be living in pig heaven in Dorchester County soon. Seems that Brandi Lee and her fiance are looking for a farm to buy in that area, where they plan to breed potbellied pigs, Rottweilers and Chihuahuas.

Brandi Lee, a professional model, exotic dancer and actress, has several irons in the fire these days. She's been in New York to promote the new "Penthouse Swimsuit Video II" and has completed a movie about a woman on Mars, who looks for and finds the fountain of youth. The film, which is expected to air on Showtime, is as yet untitled.

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