Opening Day was postponed, but fund-raising was not

April 06, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

DAVEY JOHNSON'S plans for Tuesday afternoon were changed when high winds forced the postponement of the Orioles opener with Kansas City. But it would have taken a lot more than wind to change the Orioles manager's plans for that evening. By 7: 30 p.m., he and his wife, Susan, were at Ruth's Chris Steak House greeting nearly 100 business executives, Orioles players and physicians, who were there to see and be seen, while raising money for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Steve DeCastro, owner of the restaurant, very kindly donated dinner for 40 couples who had paid $1,000 each to attend the festive gathering. Among the diners and other invited guests were Dr. George Dover, director of the Children's Center, and his wife, Barbara; Joni Palmer, on the arm of her Baseball Hall of Fame husband, Jim; Jan and Boog Powell, former Oriole and now owner of Boog's Bar-b-que; Connie and Brooks Robinson, former Oriole and now one of Crown Central Petroleum's best spokesmen; O's pitcher Randy Myers, who was with a woman named Jody Hoskins; and O's center fielder Brady Anderson, who was dressed in a black leather jacket and surrounded by swooning women although he had brought a date. The date, however, wore no name tag and stayed in the background because she was wearing jeans.

Also at the party were Steve Geppi, president and CEO of Diamond Comics and part-owner of the Orioles, and Mindy Stout; Sarah and Cliff Burkhardt, president and general manager of Fibre Marketing; Jessica and Michael Bronfein, president of NeighborCare Pharmacy; Lori and Doug Oakley, vice president of sales for Entre Computer; Susan and Jon Levenson, Alex Cooper Auctioneers; Molly George and Mayo Shattuck -- she works at the Sylvan Learning Center, and he's president and chief operating officer of Alex. Brown & Sons; Nancy and Lou Grasmick -- she's Maryland's superintendent of schools, and he owns Grasmick Lumber; Tom Miller, who works for O'Conor Piper & Flynn; Julie St. Marie, who runs an All-State insurance agency; Joe Davolio, president of Churchill Distributors; and Charlie Andrews, CEO of Sunbelt Beverage.

It was nearly 9 p.m. when guests began to partake of DeCastro's tasty dinner of steak, fish and garlic mashed potatoes, with great wines from Churchill Distributors.

The Children's Center will share the proceeds of this year's dinner (the second) with the USA Scholars Fund, a scholarship project soon to be unveiled by Dr. Ben Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at the center. He and his wife, Candy, both of whom were at the party, will be involved with this endeavor.

Mind-opening

One of the most elegant places in Maryland to have a party is the George Peabody Library, which is where the Alliance for the Mentally Ill held its second annual "Open Your Mind" fund-raiser. Besides savoring the beauty of the room, guests partook of a buffet dinner provided by several firms: Sascha's, Catering by Patrick, Donna's, Linwood's, Innovative Gourmet, and Henry & Jeff's.

Kate Farinholt, president of the Baltimore Alliance chapter, welcomed everyone to the event, which honored Rebecca Hoffberger, the founder of the Visionary Arts Museum. Hoffberger was given the group's first Open Your Mind Humanitarian Award and was praised by AMI's honorary chair, Walter Sondheim, for her pioneering efforts to destigmatize the seriously mentally ill through recognition of their art. Laurie Flynn, executive director for the National Alliance, came over from Washington for the festivities.

Crystal Ball

Martin's West is the scene of our next party, the annual Crystal Ball sponsored by the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation. This black-tie charity event, which raises funds for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, honored Dr. Mark Krasna, who specializes in surgical treatments for lung cancer at the center. WJZ-TV's Deborah Stone was on hand to do the emceeing honors.

Hot stuff

Did you hear that former Oriole All-Star reliever Tippy Martinez has gone from pitching baseballs to pitching a line of gourmet salsas that carries his name? Tippy Martinez Major League Salsa was launched a couple of months ago primarily as a fund-raising product for groups and schools. I've been told that the salsa (black bean and corn, mild picante and medium) also is carried by some gourmet shops in Maryland.

Seen and the scene

CBS-TV funnyman Ray Romano was spotted having lunch with WJZ-TV's GM Marcellus Alexander at Troia the Bistro at the Walters last week. He was in town hyping his show, "Everyone Loves Raymond," seen on Channel 13 Monday evenings at 8:30...

Check out the April issue of American Heritage magazine. Faidley's at Lexington Market is prominently featured in an article titled "The Taste of Time." It's about eateries that have survived for generations. According to the article, John W. Faidley Sr. began his seafood business in Baltimore in 1886. Faidley's at Lexington Market is doing a booming business today. Its lump crab cakes and raw bar are awesome.

Pub Date: 4/10/97

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