Pat and Art Modell throw a party worth raving about

September 08, 1996|By SYLVIA BADGER

It looks as if gremlins were at work during the production of last week's party page. The Sun would like to apologize for identifying the woman photographed with Art Modell as Pat Modell. That was really Caroline Croft. And somehow the Modell sons, John and David, were identified in reverse order in an accompanying photograph. Again, we apologize for the errors. We hope to run into the Modells in more of our party visits and give readers an opportunity to see them again soon.

LAST WEEKEND, the weekend the NFL officially came back to Baltimore, was memorable for Baltimore and Maryland. The celebration began Friday evening at a party given by Pat and Art Modell, owners of the Baltimore Ravens, for nearly 500 guests.

They invited an interesting cross section of Marylanders, which made for a most interesting party. Many of them were new friends who have had parties to introduce the Modells to Baltimore; others were sky-box owners or potential sky-box owners; legislative and business leaders; Ravens staffers; and people from companies that hope to get a piece of the new stadium action.


Everyone seemed thrilled that the party was held in mammoth air-conditioned tents on the very spot where the new stadium complex is to be built. Pat Modell selected a decor that used the Ravens' colors and hired the talented Michael Anthony to carry out her wishes. He suspended baskets of purple flowers from the ceiling, as well as arrangements of lighted balloons; each table had a towering arrangement of flowers, and there were signs marking where the future 50-yard line would be.

Mrs. Modell, who looked snappy in a black silk, mandarin-style pants outfit, and her husband, Art, greeted most of the early arrivals, including Gov. Parris Glendening and his wife, Mary Frances, who'd just returned from the Democratic Convention, as had Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (I hear she was the most popular of the Maryland delegates because she got to hang out with -- who else? -- the Kennedys); State Comptroller Louis Goldstein, U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes; and U.S. Rep. Ben Cardin and his wife, Myra.

Other guests were Molly and Grant Hathaway, he's a Baltimore businessman; Rand and Chip Mason, he's CEO of Legg Mason; former Gov. Harry Hughes; Steve Geppi, owner of Diamond Comic Distributors, Baltimore Mag and one of the Orioles owners, and his significant other, Mindy Moran; H&S Bakery's John Paterakis; Maryland race-track czar Joe DeFrancis; Nancy and Lou Grasmick, she's state superintendent of schools and he owns Grasmick Lumber; Hal and Sherry Donofrio, he's CEO Myers, Richardson & Donofrio and she's a Legg Mason VP; and Maryland State Treasurer Richard Dixon.

Guests sipped champagne, chardonnay, cabernet and other beverages, while nibbling large steamed shrimp, smoked salmon and caviar squares before dinner. Thalia and Marty Resnick seemed to be everywhere, checking on the food, which was beautifully prepared and served by their company, Martin's Caterers.

The buffet tables were laden with beef tenderloin, rack of lamb, jumbo lumps of crab meat, sauteed lobster, poached salmon, veggies, potatoes and breads. Dessert was fresh raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, served in brandy snifters and topped with a tasty cream sauce with a chocolate cookie spoon on the side. Each table had a white chocolate box filled with divine homemade candies. The box cover was adorned with a dark chocolate Baltimore Ravens football, which many took home as a keepsake.

After dinner, we table-hopped and danced to the music of Maryland's Gene Donati Orchestra.

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