Opening day for the Baltimore Orioles was a downer for O's managing partner Peter Angelos. His team lost, and he was feeling so poorly that he missed not only the game but also his party at the Camden Club.
Not to worry, because he was well-represented by some of the other investers -- author Tom Clancy, tennis great Pam Shriver with her mom, Margot; David Bernstein, chairman, Duty Free International, and his wife, Pat; Wayne Gioioso, of Gioioso Investments, a real-estate investment company, and his wife, Judy; Jack Dunn IV, executive vice president of Forensic Technologies International, with his wife, Elizabeth, and his mother, Mary Rose; Bud Meyerhoff, chairman of Magna Holdings, an investment company; and the team's general counsel, George Stamas, and general manager, Roland
Hemond. Clancy's estranged wife, Wanda, also attended the party with three of the Clancys' four children.
Others at the Camden Club party were Mario and Pam Villa Santa, shopping center owners; Frank Sliwka, owner of the Barn on Harford Road, with his son Joe, and Frank's longtime co-chair of the Tops in Sports banquet, John Rommel; City Councilman Tony Ambridge; retired Baltimore City Police Officer Philip Farace and his wife, Audrey, who was busy working her concierge duties on the club level; Ernie Accorsi, who's now with the New York Giants; Sharla Boros, the wife of Steve Boros, the Orioles' new third-base coach, who told me they are so happy to be here and are house-hunting; Betty and Chuck Thompson -- Mr. Thompson, the longtime Orioles announcer who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, threw out the first ball -- and their grandson Todd DeGraw; Baltimore County Judge John G. Turnbull; former speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Clayton Mitchell, now with BGE; John Guillot, a VP with Travel Destinations Management Group; Susan Cellitto, who works for Wayne Gioioso; Marcellus Alexander, GM of Channel 13, who had a busy opening day schedule between this party, his bullpen party and his club box; Dr. Hans Wilhelmsen; Maurice Wyatt, lobbyist; Joni Palmer, Jim's wife; George Beall, attorney; and Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, with his wife, Frances Ann.
The rest of my day was spent box-hopping on the club level, where one of my favorite CEOs, Henry Rosenberg of Crown Central, was entertaining Sen. Phil Gramm, Republican candidate for president, in his box. Nearby, the new head of Bell Atlantic, Dan Whelan, was sitting with former president Fred D'Alessio. The best crab cakes were served in the ARAmark box, formerly ARA caterers; its corporate chairman, Joe Newbauer, had come down from Philly to be with Marty and Wayne Resnick, ARAmark's Maryland reps, and their group manager at Camden Yards, Bernhard Kloppenburg.
Ann Crumb, a star of the stage in London and New York, will be in Baltimore May 23 through June 4 to star with John Cullum in "Man of La Mancha" at the Lyric Theatre. Words of praise for Ms. Crumb were sent my way, not from the critics but from an admirer who will some day be her father-in-law. Retired Lt. Col. Charles Valenti from Upper Falls sent a note saying that his son, Vincent, is engaged to this "natural, unassuming, not stagey nor phoney" leading lady, and she deserved a story.
Worthy of study
Congratulations to Jane M. Morrell of Arnold, the recipient of the Junior League of Annapolis 1995 Excellence in Voluntarism Merit Award. Ms. Morrell was recognized for creating a system so effective at collecting and distributing food for the needy in Annapolis that is being studied nationally as a model for small, charitable food programs.