Recognizing organizations that help Santa Claus

On the Town

November 19, 1995|By Sylvia Badger

MARGARET AND JIM McManus (McKay) turned up last week as the honored guests at the 37th annual Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary luncheon at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn.

Jim was the guest speaker and Margaret presented certificates to the 20-some organizations that dressed dolls and teddy bears and stuffed 2,000 stockings for the Salvation Army's Christmas distribution to needy children. Ann Frame, chairwoman of the festival, and Libby Stoops, auxiliary president, have been instrumental in the continuing success of this event.

Margaret told me that she has fond memories of the Salvation Army because she remembers her father praising its work during World War I. According to him, the Salvation Army gave its coffee away, while other organizations sold theirs.

Dedication

I hear sports commentator/author Frank Deford was in town several weeks ago to speak at the dedication of the Deford Carriage House at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson.

Long before Blakehurst was even conceived, the property belonged to Benjamin Frank Deford Jr., a prominent Baltimore businessman and the great-grandfather of the guest speaker. Besides the carriage house, there was a large mansion plus other buildings, which the family lived in until 1922, when the 63 acres were sold to the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart.

In 1992, they sold the land to the Chestnut Partnership and the rest is history.

Funds for artists

Thanks to the generosity of Tom Stuehler, owner of Truffles catering and the Belvedere Restaurant Group, the Clipper Park Artists' Relief Fund is about $24,000 richer. He donated all the food and drink for a fund-raiser, which was held at the Belvedere and attracted about 700 guests. For a $25 ticket, guests got gourmet food, open bar and great music donated by such bands as Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, Rhumba Club, Mambo Combo, Strykers Posse and Mixed Blood.

Among the artists and art lovers spotted at the party were Mary DeMarco, Buddy Wolfe, R. Wayne Reynolds, Linda Depalma, Layne Berk, G. Scott Wallace, Norma Wallis, Allyn Massey, Randy Godsen, David Welsh, Fred Ellwanger, Jimmy Rahn, Jo Small and Jody Albright, the governor's director of the office of Special Projects, who helped organize the whole thing.

Money raised will be used to help the artists purchase equipment and tools and to help them relocate.

Heard it on the grapevine:

Conde Nast Traveler magazine's readers rated Harbor Court Hotel the top hotel in Maryland and among the top 11 in the United States.

Plans are being made for a reunion of friends and players of jTC basketball coach Chuck Laur. If you knew him at Calvert Hall, Loyola, the Dixie Boys Club, the Wes Unseld Basketball Camp or the Baltimore Basketball Clinic, call (410) 388-0865 to get this reunion going.

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