Wetlands and waterfowl benefit from festive annual fund-raiser

March 08, 1996|By Sylvia Badger

Northern Baltimore County was the scene of two fund-raisers held on the same evening recently. At the lovely Hillendale Country Club, I joined the members and supporters of the Greater Baltimore Chapter Waterfowl U.S.A. Raffles, silent and live auctions and tasty food highlighted this annual fund-raiser.

The proceeds raised from the fun-filled party are used to continue the organization's efforts to preserve and protect Maryland's wetlands and to continue to increase the waterfowl population. I am told that since the state has cut aid to such programs, their work becomes even more important.

Most guests gathered in the upstairs bar area to eat freshly shucked oysters and clams, while two of the state's better known decoy carvers, Bob and Charles Jobes, were busy showing people how they make their waterfowl decoys. They have a shop in Havre de Grace.

It was nice to see old friends, including Baltimore County Judge Eddie DeWaters and his wife, Winnie; retired Baltimore County Judge Bucky Buchanan and his wife, Ella Mae, and Baltimore County Judge Tom Bollinger and his lady friend, Janice Clark; and Ed Hale, founder of First Mariner Bank.

Others socializing with friends were Richard Taylor, vice chair of the Greater Baltimore Chapter's Maryland State Committee, and his wife, Katherine; Chip Chew, state chair, and his wife, Vickie; Gary Padussis, Legg Mason VP, and his wife, Donna; one of my favorite fishing captains, Ed Darwin, and his wife, Becky; Nance Hauswald, owner of 3-West modeling agency, whose gals sold raffle tickets for raffle chair Hans Wilhelmsen Jr; Craig and Jacque Pfeifer, an owner of Maryland Screen Printers; Vickie and Peter Burnham, Albany International; Bill Schmidt, president, A&S Trucking Service in Hunt Valley; Col. Bill White, noted expert on wildlife cuisine; Doug Dumont, owner of an insurance agency, and his wife, Susan, who works for Patuxent Publishing; attorney Glen Lazzaro, and his fiancee, Stacy McKeldin, who works for Saiontz & Kirk law firm; attorney Dana O. Williams and his wife, District Court Judge Sandra Williams; and attorney Jack Heisler and his wife, Penny. Hats off to Phil Schoenberger for chairing such a successful dinner and to Rick Opfer, who always gets the group the best bang for its buck with live auction items.

Meanwhile, several miles away from the Hillendale Country Club, about 160 guests were attending the fourth annual "Give Kids a Chance" Gala Soiree at Peerce's Plantation. This elegant affair benefits FACETS Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers services to children and families in conflict.

WMAR-TV's Scott Garceau, and his wife, Georgeanna, were honorary chairs again this year and were joined by movers and shakers on Facets' board -- Dwight and Jennifer Griffith, he's VP of Griffith-Brilhart Builders and past president of Maryland Homebuilders; Rick and Janet Wylie, he's a finance VP with Helixcare; Harry and Eve Kolodner, she's president of Tri Home Health Care & Services, and he's FACETS president; Victor and Tina Broccolino, he's CEO of Howard County General Hospital; Robert and Bonnie Bradley, he's president of Morris & Ritchie Associates Inc; Jack and Bonnie Gease, he's real estate director for Redland/Genstar; Oliver and Jean Boyer, he's president of Jarrettsville Federal Savings and Loan; and Pam and Barry Hebb, he's with Skylight Advertising. All dined on a gourmet eight-course dinner.

Girl Scout Fair

The "First Girl Scout Fair" asked Maryland's first lady Frances Hughes Glendening to be its honorary chair. Seems the first lady was a Scout in Cumberland for eight years and has good memories of earning her merit badges. The fair is a major fund-raiser for the Girl Scouts and will feature silent and live auctions, antiques, crafts and entertainment. Tickets are $10, free for Scouts in uniform who are with a paying adult. The fair will be held on March 23, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the United Steelworkers of America Hall on Dundalk Avenue. Call (800) 492-2521 to order tickets.

Move your paws

Pets and pet lovers are invited to "move their paws for a cause" at the SPCA's first "March for the Animals." Honorary chairs this year are WMAR-TV's Sandra Pinckney and her dog, Morley. They will lead the three-mile walk around Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus and the surrounding neighborhood from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 31.

Animal advocates and their four-legged friends are invited to pick up pledge sheets and be a part of this fund-raiser for the SPCA's animal welfare programs. Call the SPCA, 235-8826, for information.

Pub Date: 3/08/96

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