Orioles wives team up to help at-risk kids

On the Town

March 01, 1996|By Sylvia Badger

IT DIDN'T take Susan Johnson, wife of Baltimore Orioles' field manager Davey Johnson, long to field her own team. On Monday, she and Leonard Coleman, National League president, will conduct a press conference in Orlando to announce the formation of Women in the Major Leagues, whose membership is comprised of wives of players, managers and coaches.

The focus of the goodwill group will be children at risk, and each major league club will have three representatives. Besides Johnson, the Orioles will be represented by Dana Hoiles, wife of catcher Chris, and Wendy Huson, wife of infielder Jeff. They're expected to announce that Childhelp USA, based in Arizona, is one of this year's major beneficiaries.

Johnson and Coleman are expected to be joined at the press conference by Stacey Beck, wife of San Francisco Giants reliever Rod; Meagan Morris, wife of Cincinnati Reds first baseman, Hal; and Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, who co-founded Childhelp USA 37 years ago to help abused children.

They're working on a major fund-raising dinner in November.

'Three Tall Women'

The opening night crowd that filled the Mechanic to see Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women" were friends and supporters of Planned Parenthood of Maryland (PPM). It was a gala fund-raiser for PPM and an opportunity to honor three women who stand tall in the field of women's health -- Dr. Ruth Finkelstein, Dr. Frances Trimble and Laurie Schwab Zabin.

After the show, there was a post-theater dinner awards party, at the Radisson Plaza, Lord Baltimore Hotel, where the honorees were recognized. Some who were spotted at the party were Sana Shtasel, new president and CEO of PPM, and her husband, Jim Kretz; Ann Gallant, PPM chair of the board, and her husband, Phillip; co-chairs of the event Mary Baily Wieler and Bev McCarthy, and their respective husbands, Scott and Bill; Attorney Frances Reaves and her fiance Tom Koch; Jennifer Burdick, executive director Maryland Human Relations Commission; Mary DeKuyper, PPM board member; Jan Houbot, head of Greater Baltimore Leadership Group, and his wife, Rachel Wohl; Gail and Lenny Kaplan, Classic Catering people and Polo Grill; Dr. Frank Oski and his wife, Barbara; and Jan Rivitz, executive director and trustee, Straus Foundation, and her husband, Lawrence.

Comedy Care '96

Comedian Mark Curry, best known for his role in TV's "Hangin with Mr. Cooper," is this year's headliner for Comedy Care '96.

He'll be joined by comedian Lani Frazier at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium March 9. The Bleu Lights will open the show with music in the tradition of Sonny Til & the Orioles, the Cardinals, the Swallows and the Ink Spots.

If you're not familiar with Comedy Care, it's an annual benefit for Health Care for the Homeless, which serves some 40,000 homeless Marylanders.

Show tickets are $25 each, or you might inquire about a VIP package, which includes a ticket as well an invite to the Five Alarm Party at the Maryland Fire Museum afterward. Call 837-5533, ext. 333.

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