Fund-raiser brings out folks-around-town to festivities at art institute

March 31, 1995|By SYLVIA BADGER

ARTaFARE, a fund-raiser for the Maryland Institute, College of Art, transported guests back in time to the days of Shakespeare and Speakeasys. Those were but two of the eight theme dinners held in nooks and crannies on three floors of the institute's Mount Royal Street building. Other rooms were transformed into a 19th-century dining room, a lovely Board Room, the Mardi Gras, a floral fantasy, a really eye-catching room dedicated to the egg and a room with Latin flavor.

And, as with the rooms, the clothing ranged from black tie to strange! Hope Quackenbush, former managing director of the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts, chaired the event with the same ease that she does everything and enticed some of Baltimore's most attractive people to play host in the different salons.

Other highlights included the sale of 75 works of art which had been donated by alumni, faculty, visiting critics and other friends of the institute. The live auction offered 25 pieces, which brought nice prices thanks to the work of Patrick Meade, a vice president of Christie's in New York. The other 50 or so paintings were sold via silent auctions.

Our "Masterpiece Dining" dinner party was most appropriately held in the Board Room since its host was Robert Shelton, an attorney who is chairman of the board of the institute; Pat and Buzzy Krongard, she has a B.A. and masters from the institute, and he's the COB and COO of Alex Brown & Sons; and Ellie and Tony Carey, both attorneys.

Others who enjoyed the tasteful decorations by Suzanne Silverman and the tasty flounder and beef dishes prepared by Charles Levine were Alphonso Fraga, a diplomat from Cuba, and Mrs. Fraga; Congressman Bob Ehrlich and his wife, Kendel, an attorney; Kathy Tyler, who raises Monodale sheep, said to be the top prize winners in the country.

Also, Kurt Rosenthal, an interior designer and a horse exerciser; Benjamin and Dee Rosenberg, he's the institute's attorney, which is certainly an interesting job these days; George and Carolyn Beall, he represents the Walters; attorney Tom Perkins and his wife, Harriet Granet; Tim and Barbara Schweizer, he's with Alex Brown; Mike Lewin, also with Alex Brown; Patrick Meade, auctioneer, and Betsy Fisher Gorman, who works for Christie's in Baltimore.

Crown Central's Henry Rosenberg, stopped by sans wife, Dot, who was in Texas baby-sitting, again. He told me that her son, Mike Bohny, drafted by the Orioles as a second baseman two years ago, has had a great time in Sarasota, Fla., playing with the Orioles as a possible replacement player. You couldn't miss the colorful Mardi Gras hosts Fredye and Adam Gross, he's an architect, Charles and Bunny Salisbury, he's an investment broker; and Chip and Rand Mason, he's CEO Legg-Mason.

Others with whom I spoke were Eric and Elizabeth Hagerup, he's with Nationsbank; Barbara and David Kornblatt, he's a developer and she chaired the auction committee; Chris Hartman and Nancy Haragan, partners in a new public relations firm; Fred and Jonna Lazarus, he's the president of the Institute,

and I'm sure was delighted with this "artrageous" evening which raised about $40,000 for the Institute.

" The Sisters + one" threw a "thanks and congrats" party for Maryland's new Secretary of Juvenile Services Stuart Simms at the Forum Wednesday evening. The sisters: Beverly Carter, Donna Stanley, Marcella Holland and Barbara Green turned out to be Simms' friends, not blood relations, and the "one" is another friend, Russell Frisby.

Several hundred people stopped by to wish the new secretary well, in a job described by Baltimore City Ciruit Court Judge John Carroll Byrnes, as the most important cabinet position in the state. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke popped in with a few words of praise, as did Buddy Zamoiski and John Gidwitz, representing the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Board of which Simms is a member.

Others I spotted included Clarisse Mechanic, Morris Mechanic Theatre and Foundation; former police Commissioner Ed Woods, who's now selling Frankel's Cadillacs; retired Judges Edgar Silver and Milton Allen; presiding judge of the new Drug Court Jamey Weitzman; John A. Hayes, an attorney and teacher of incarcerated juveniles; Mike Higgins, the Hickey School; David Skeen, attorney.

Also, State Sen. Julian Lapides, who's running for city comptroller; and last, but not least, a delightful couple, Jerri and Dick Singleton. She runs a volunteer program at the Hickey School and he's a retired Army colonel, who helped found Youth Services International with Jim Hindman, who founded Jiffy Lube many years ago. Youth Services runs the Hickey School and the Victor Cullen Center for the state.

After all the kudos, Simms thanked everyone, especially his wife, Candace, their two sons, Marcus and Paul; and his parents Louise and Clarence. 'Twas a nice salute for a nice man.

Seen at Morgan Millard restaurant yesterday: wouldn't you love to have been the centerpiece on the table where former Maryland Gov. and former Mayor of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer was sitting head to head with his old friend Mary Pat Clarke, the city council president who's running against incumbent Mayor Schmoke?

My spies say he was sharing little pearls of wisdom on how she might beat Schmoke, if Schmoke doesn't beat himself first with his handling of the city's housing mess.

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