'Amazing' Judy Collins evening helps raise money for children.

November 10, 1996|By Sylvia Badger

"An Evening with Judy Collins" was a terrific way to spend a Sunday night. Just ask the thousand people who filled Goucher's Kraushaar Auditorium last week to hear the popular singer with the crystal-clear voice perform such favorites as "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Amazing Grace."

The occasion was Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital's fifth Care for Kids Concert, which raised $200,000 for its Care for Kids Fund and the Jefferson School in Frederick.

Before the concert, Sheppard Pratt's president and CEO, Dr. Steven Sharfstein, announced that the hospital's 1996 Care for Kids Founders Day Award was being given to Anne and John Luetkemeyer Sr., who established the Luetkemeyer Cottage at the Jefferson School.

Unfortunately, the senior Luetkemeyers could not be there, but they were well represented by their daughter, Anne Stone, who has worked more than 1,300 volunteer hours at Sheppard Pratt, and John Luetkemeyer Jr. and his wife, Susie.

Sharfstein also took the opportunity to recognize two guests -- Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Dr. Daniel Morhaim of the House of Delegates.

Others at the concert and dessert reception were Kevin and Tee Carnell, he's with RCM&D; David and Sarah Daneker, he's an attorney; Sue and Sheldon Dagurt, she's in charge of development for Sheppard Pratt and he's an attorney; Byron Forbush, headmaster of Friends School; Gail and Joyce Guyton, he's president of Morgan Keller; Dr. and Mrs. Robert Gibson, he's Sheppard Pratt's former CEO, who will soon head for Cozumel for a little diving; Bluma Jed, event co-chairwoman, her husband, Leonard, and her daughter, Laura Pressman; Linda Robbins, co-chairwoman, her husband, Bernie, and her son, Ben Krichinsky; Lee Jensen, executive director of the YMCA; Donald and Brigitte Manekin, of Manekin Corp.; Sylvia and John Hennessey, of NationsBank; and a husband-and-wife team of psychiatrists, Dr. Susan Villani and Dr. Davis Shingleton.

The guests left with a warm feeling, and not just because of all the delicious desserts. Collins' last number, "Amazing Grace," was especially touching, as it was performed with the Singing Children Around the World, a group of beautiful kids dressed in costumes from different countries. They were led by Kelly Carouso, the daughter of Sara Carouso, founder of the group.

Auction for charity

Annie's Paramount Steak House at Kent Narrows was the scene of a festive dinner and auction to benefit the Chesterwye Foundation in Grasonville. Annie's owners, Helen and Mike Katinas, wowed the more than 150 guests with a delicious assortment of fresh seafoods with cocktails, followed by crab cakes to die for and a tasty filet mignon for dinner.

Two Eastern Shore businessmen -- Joe Downey of Old Point Builders and Western Auto owner Maurice Sanger -- chaired this year's event, which raised more than $25,000 for the Chesterwye Center, a day-care facility for adults with developmental disabilities. I'm told their wives, Millie Downey and Ellen Sanger, were responsible for many of the interesting auction items, which brought top dollar, thanks to the expertise of auctioneer Joe Jackson.

Among those who attended were Holly and Wheeler Baker, they own Baker's Liquor Store and he's a House of Delegates member; Court of Appeals Judge Bob Karwacki and his wife, Marion; Barbara and Stewart Nash, of Nash's Garden Center; Mary Helen and Jim Friel, of S.E.W. Friel Co.; Centreville CPA Neal LeCompte and his wife, Jean; and retired Queen Anne's superintendent of schools Harry Rhodes and his wife, Creighton.

Gearing up

Seven years ago, Mary and Sig Hyman held their first preholiday party, which is now a fall tradition for their friends. There was gourmet food by the Classic Catering People, magnificent flowers by Jeff Conti, who runs a nursery in Harford County, as well as an interesting array of guests who overflow into all areas of their spacious Green Spring Valley home.

The familiar faces who turned out again this year included Rhoda Dorsey, former president of Goucher College; Mary and Jerry Geckle, retired CEO and chairman of PHH; Dot and Henry Rosenberg, he's CEO of Crown Central Petroleum; Sherri and Hal Donofrio, he's the advertising mogul; and Margaret and Jim McManus (McKay).

Others spotted at the party were Frances Ghingher, well known Baltimore Country Club tourney golfer; retired Circuit Court Judge Joe Pines and his wife, Marcia; Pat and Art Modell, owners of the Ravens; and Greg Andorfer, new director of the Maryland Science Center.

Weekend whirl

Last weekend, there were so many parties given that we couldn't get to them all. We had to settle for capturing these on film.

The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall was filled with fans of jazz legend David Brubeck and his quartet, who put on quite a show for those attending a fund-raiser for the Chimes, an agency that supports people with disabilities. They expected to raise $250,000 to reach their campaign's goal of a half-million dollars.

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