Solstice Gala and auction raise funds to help Science Center

On the Town

June 30, 1996|By SYLVIA BADGER

If you enjoy an Imax movie, a starry planetarium, the political antics of Capitol Steps, a live auction or just good food and drink, you'd have loved the Maryland Science Center's Solstice Gala . Barbara Bozzuto, whose husband, Tom, chairs the center's board of trustees, chaired this year's successful fund-raiser for the center.

The gala began with cocktails at the center, where guests checked out the planetarium and Imax Theater before boarding buses to the Hyatt Regency for dinner. WJZ's Richard Sher did the intros of VIPs responsible for raising for $203,000 before the live auction.

We had the pleasure of sittingwith Robert Pierce, the center's delightful interim director; State Sen. Barbara Hoffman and her husband, Donald; Jacques Schlenger, Venable, Baetjer & Howard partner, with his wife, Suzanne, who served on the gala's honorary committee; and Rebecca and Leroy Hoffberger, she founded the American Visionary Art Museum. Leroy was chatting with Judy Hallberg, the center's development VIP, about chef Peter Zimmer's Joy America Cafe, housed in the museum. Leroy predicts Zimmer's Southwestern cooking will take Europe by storm, if he should open eateries there. (Hint, hint!)

Barbara and Jim Simpson, he's a retired St. Mary's County state senator who was recently named to the board of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, sat with the Blues' president Bill Jews. Nearby were gala VIPs R. Eugene Taylor, president of NationsBank Mid-Atlantic Bank Group, the event's lead sponsor, and Sam and Meg Woodside, she's a NationsBank VP and he's CEO of E.I.L. Instruments.

One and all met Beverly and Gregory Andorfer, he's the center's new executive director and she works for USAir.

Helping Fort McHenry

Ed Hale wore his patriotic hat, not his First Mariner Bank hat, at a recent Center Club lunch. Hale, a member of the Patriots of Fort McHenry, invited several dozen people to an informational lunch about the fort and its financial needs. Chief among those needs is to raise money for a new visitors center to replace one built in 1964.

Present were Patriots president Alan Walden, executive director Joe Ayd, former Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Tom Chagouris, president of Nick's Inner Harbour Seafood. It was announced that Steve Geppi, owner of Diamond Comic Distributors, will chair a national capital campaign for the fort. Other guests were Dave Irwin, attorney; Jim O'Conor, O'Conor, Piper & Flynn; Jay Matricciani, Matricciani Co.; Walt McManus, Castlewood Realty; Judge John North; and a group of Masonic VIPs, John Naquin, Deputy Grand Master; Dr. Bernard Rothman, Sovereign Grand Inspector General; Ralph Mason, Potentate-Boumi Temple, and Raul Frevel, Imperial Shrine, North America.

Changes, next week

Next week, a new party page debuts in the Today section. My column will no longer appear on Fridays. It will, however, appear in an expanded version on Sundays.

Over the coming months, we plan to provide an insider's look at the society events attended by local celebrities, socialites, movers and shakers, as well as nationally known entertainers, authors, etc. In many cases, we'll be there to capture on film what is reported in this column.

Unfortunately, to provide more timely and comprehensive coverage of statewide social events, we cannot attend every fund-raiser, luncheon and awards dinner.

Finally, the parties do not have to be benefits. If you know someone who is planning an interesting or trendy affair, let us know and we'll try to be there.

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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