Glamor fest gives operating rooms $200,000 boost

April 26, 1996|By Sylvia Badger

GUESTS ATTENDING the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation's "Gala '96, A Time to Remember" got a taste of the glamorous golden days of Hollywood. During cocktail hour, there was a large display of interesting personal correspondence between the gala's honorary chair Clarisse B. Mechanic and Hollywood legends such as Mae West, Joan Fontaine, Eddie Bracken and Joan Crawford. And thanks to the magic of P. W. Feats, guests rubbed elbows with "stars" like Groucho and Harpo Marx.

Then, from the moment the 900 or so people walked into the ballroom, where they were greeted by the great sounds of Phil McKusker and the Gene Donati Orchestra, the party began in earnest. The docs danced the evening away. At the same time, movie screens flashed shots of old stars such as Laurel and Hardy, Humphrey Bogart and Charlie Chaplin. I am told that in the crowd were Baltimoreans with familiar Hollywood names such aswho works for McCormick; Ann Miller, not the singer and dancer from days of yore, accompanied by George McManus II; and Glenn Campbell from Miles & Stockbridge.

We had the pleasure of sitting with Mrs. Mechanic and her escort, Jake Embry; Marilyn and John Proutt, he's president/CEO of St. Joseph's; Mary Ellen and William Hooper, he's chairman of the hospital's trustees and former COB of W. B. Doner; and Jane and William McLaughlin, he's St. Joseph's executive vice president/ chief operating officer.

Nearby sat Lois Hodes and her attorney husband, Michael. They not only chaired the gala, but underwrote the dessert buffet and were high bidders on the round-trip airline tickets to any Southwest airlines destination.

At other tables were Chuck Nabit, who owns Maryland Magazine with Hodes; Annie Keller, a Maryland Mag editor; Congressman Bob Ehrlich and his wife, Kendel, who were surrounded by well-wishers; Miss Maryland USA Michelle Michael, who was on the arm of Stefan Gaylord, owner of Montage d'Elegance Ltd. in Pikesville. Stefan, who pointed out several women wearing his dresses, will be doing the fashion show for the St. Joseph auxiliary in October.

Three physician groups, who spend a lot of time in St. Joseph's operating rooms, bought $10,000 tables. Those generous docs are St. Joseph doctors Garth McDonald, chief of cardiac surgery, with his wife, Jennifer; Stephen Lincoln, Peter Horneffer and Stewart Finney; York Road Anesthesia Associates P.A., of which Dr. Sheppard Kaplow is the head of anesthesiology, and Towson orthopaedic Associates P.A., where Dr. Kenneth Gertsen is chief of orthopaedic surgery.

It was a successful evening for the party-goers and the hospital's Surgical Services, which will get to spend the $200,000 raised to buy operating-room equipment.

Pub Date: 4/26/96

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