Lancers' gathering a who's who of the movers and the shakers

June 14, 1996|By Sylvia Badger

THERE IS a tie that binds Baltimore Circuit Court Chief Judge Robert Hammerman, Alex. Brown chairman and CEO A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, retired president of USAir Arena Jerry Sachs, Wall Street lawyer Howard "Cookie" Krongard, Mayor Kurt Schmoke and 3,000 other men. The tie is a boys' club called the Lancers, founded 50 years ago by three neighborhood boys, Buzzy, Jerry and Kenny Parker, all of whom lived on Wabash Avenue. Another neighbor, 17-year-old Bobby Hammerman, was asked to be the club adviser, a job he still loves to do. The first meeting was held at the Krongard home, where Buzzy's 5-year-old-brother Cookie was named the club mascot.

Over the years, this club has sent its members forward with a real sense of community and a spirit of public duty. The camaraderie was obvious as hundreds returned for a celebration last weekend. U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno spoke at the group's Friday night meeting at Friends School. Another highlight was the wonderful medley of patriotic songs by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Chorus under the direction of Ed Polochick.

Saturday night, nearly 300 Lancer alums, friends and family members had dinner at the Towson Sheraton. Among those at the party were Rita Krongard, Buzzy and Cookie's mom; Clayton Apgar, current club president and an 11th-grade student at Gilman; Lewis Noonberg, Piper and Marbury attorney; Bob Scott, former Johns Hopkins University athletic director; Matt Buck, past president of Lancers in his senior year at college; David Hoffman, another former president, who teaches at Harvard University Law School; Jerome D. Schnydman director of alumni relations at Johns Hopkins; Clarisse Mechanic, longtime supporter of the Lancers; and a bunch of Judge Hammerman's relatives, including his sister, Carolyn Goldsmith, her husband, Henry; his cousin, Bud Hammerman and his wife Lois, and their children, Larry and his wife Hilary and Amy Cahn; three nieces, Heidi Goldsmith, Joy Goldsmith and Sharon Hamburger, and great-nephew, 6-month-old David Hamburger.

Welcome Ravens

Like any good neighbor, David Kornblatt, owner of the 200 St. Paul Place office building, threw a party recently to welcome his newest tenants, the Baltimore Ravens NFL football team. He and his wife, Barbara, called Charles Levine to cater and invited hundreds of members of the Baltimore business community to stop by and meet team owners Pat and Art Modell and their sons, John and David. The Modells were most gracious and seemed impressed with the warm welcome they are receiving in Baltimore. Mrs. Modell looked attractive in a dark blue pants suit, with gold buttons, complemented by gold jewelry. She couldn't say just what charitable events she might work on, but she did say Baltimore businessman Grant Hathaway had already asked her to work on a project in which she is interested.

Some who stopped by were City Council president Lawrence Bell; Downtown Partnership president Laurie Schwartz, Bob Leffler, who handles some of the PR for the Ravens; Flowers by Chris owner Chris Psoras and her son, Dimitri; Crown Central's Henry Rosenberg; WBAL-TV's GM Phil Stolz; Maryland's Secretary of Employment and Economic Development Jim Brady; Mike Rosen, COO Town and Country Apartments; Ken Trout, Signet Bank; Jim Piper, O'Conor, Piper and Flynn; Rita St. Clair, interior decorator; and Melanie Sabelhaus, president of Exclusive Interim Properties, a company that finds suitable rentals for people, such as members of the Ravens or visitors shooting TV shows or movies.

Pub Date: 6/14/96

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