At Gregory Hines performance the audience just can't sit still

November 03, 1996|By SYLVIA BADGER

THE MULTI-talented Gregory Hines played to a full house at Baltimore's ninth annual Lifesongs for AIDS, held at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. His performance, along with appearances by comedian George Wallace and seven young tap dancers called the Hot Steppers, made for a nice evening. Another talented young man who put on quite a performance was the show's interpreter-signer Kevin M. Campbell, who volunteered his services for Lifesongs. He was so animated that many sitting near me thought he was part of the act. In real life, Kevin does indeed work as an interpreter. If I managed stage acts, I'd take this guy on the road with my entertainers.

Before the performances, WJHU radio's Marc Steiner acted as emcee during ceremonies honoring Dr. John G. Bartlett, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital, for his work for HIV/AIDS, and Dr. Carla Alexander, director of Clinical Affairs at Chase-Brexton Clinic. Others participating in the ceremonies were Lynda Ames, president of Lifesongs, who announced that Carole Sibel would take over the presidency next year; and Lifesongs co-chairs Cindy Franzoni and Ken Hobart. Too soon to tell, but I am told organizers hope to raise $90,000 from the event.

Others at the Meyerhoff included the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation's new rabbi, Peter Kessler, with his partner, David Herman; caterer Charles Levine, who coordinated the outfits donating food for the VIP party; and Alexander Baer's Georgie Parker, who proved that there's a little ham in all of us. When Hines asked if anyone brought their tap shoes to the Meyerhoff, she was the first to stand dangling the shoes in her hands, and she was among dozens who joined Hines onstage for a little dancing. It was a nice way to end the show.

Morgan homecoming

Morgan State University celebrated its homecoming in grand style last weekend. The Sun was there to capture the gala kickoff party at Martin's West. That's where hundreds of folks wearing black-tie garb enjoyed the night. At the same time, a large contingent gathered at Jasper's Restaurant in Pikesville for the 25th reunion of MSU's first varsity lacrosse team.

"Diner" guy Chip Silverman, acting dean of the Morgan Graduate School in 1969, was the team's coach from 1970 to 1975. He says Morgan racked up some awesome stats in those five years, and in 1991, Silverman was inducted into the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Former players Jerna Jacques, a retired Air Force officer, and George Kelly, a city police officer, co-chaired the reunion, which attracted Baltimore surgeon Dr. Miles Harrison; attorney and former Maryland Del. Curt Anderson; Del. Tony Fulton, who's a real estate agent with Long and Foster; city firefighter Dink Brown; correctional officer Puddie Jones; Air Force Lt. Col. Aaron Glover; Giant Food executive William "Bubbie" Bennett; Dave Raymond, president of a courier service in Atlanta; Richard Hall, retired Army officer and lacrosse ref; Wayne Jackson, varsity football coach at Northwestern High School; Baltimore County assistant principal Courtney Servary; and Joe Fowlkes, security consultant and former NFL player.

Silverman, director of Chemical Dependency for Green Spring Health Services, almost missed the event after having emergency angioplasty. His wife, Rene, brought him in a wheelchair. He and Harrison are currently writing a book and screenplay about Morgan's lacrosse teams.

Big Splash

Splash '96, the annual fund-raiser for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, was bigger and better than ever. Chairing this year's event was Theresa Leatherbury, who, with the help of a committee, transformed the aquarium into a sunken pirate ship, where guests searched for a treasure chest of prizes and ate food from 25 of Baltimore's hottest restaurants. Proceeds benefit the aquarium's educational outreach programs.

Floral designs

For many years, Andrea Stieff ran her floral design business from her home, but she became so successful that she recently opened a shop on Falls Road behind Sunnyfield Interiors. She celebrated with a big party for friends and clients, and I am told guests were truly impressed with the decor, which included Christmas, fall and bridal themes.

Andrea, her husband, Jim, and their two children, Emily and Lizzie, greeted guests, who included Bob Jones, Valley Lighting; Gail Kaplan, Classic Catering People; Greg Barnhill, Alex. Brown; Susan Stiles Dowell and her husband, Brice -- she's a writer for Southern Accents; Susie and Billy Rienhoff -- he's with Alex. Brown; Sandy and Steve Glover -- she's an interior designer; Denise and Buzzy Budnitz -- he's in the insurance business; Mary and Richard Widomski -- she works at the courthouse; Stiles Colwill, interior designer; June Chaplin, photographer; and Nancy Ward and Dr. Denny Byrne.

Campaign kickoff

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