House With a Heart Foundation has a successful first dinner

September 28, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

THE HOUSE WITH A HEART Foundation's first dinner dance, at Hillendale Country Club, was everything its founder, Lou Grasmick, promised the 200 people who paid $200 each to NTC attend -- a nice evening with good auction items, good food and good entertainment.

Cocktails were served in the foyer of the club so guests could be close to the silent-auction items, which included a restored 1937 slot machine and a Judith Lieber evening bag valued at $1,765.

The dinner area looked stunning, with tablecloths to the floor and pretty flower arrangements adorned with red hearts. Nancy Grasmick, state superintendent of schools and Lou's wife, was also in a "heart" mode. She wore a red cocktail suit, and a diamond-studded heart pendant around her neck.

The gala committee was chaired by Ann Pineau and Mindy Stout, who looked fabulous in an off-white, knee-length dress by St. John.

Much attention was paid to the evening's meal by food chairs Kathy St. John and Mary McCready. I was told that Kathy, who attended gourmet-cooking classes in Russia and Italy, brought her expertise to the table, so to speak. Guests admired (and ate) sliced lobster, chateaubriand and pastas served from six serving stations.

Guests included Ruth Heltne, WJZ-TV's sales dynamo and president of the House With a Heart Foundation; Mindy Stout, with her significant other, Steve Geppi, president of Diamond Comics; Sandy and John Unitas, football Hall of Famer; Debbie and Dan Feeley (he's a gas-station baron); Jim O'Conor, president emeritus of the House With a Heart Foundation; and Betty Hines, a Fila VP and a newlywed, with husband Ernie.

The House With a Heart Foundation is a nonprofit group that gives money to help homeless people. The dinner raised approximately $40,000.

Hospice Cup

Hospice Cup XVI, said to be the nation's largest charity sailing regatta, took place last weekend with 103 boats participating. In honor of this Chesapeake Bay event, Maryland's first lady, Frances Glendening, was the host of a pre-regatta party to welcome to Annapolis the Hospice Cup's honorary chair, William F. Buckley Jr., syndicated columnist, author and avid yachtsman.

At the entrance to the governor's mansion, Glendening, Buckley and Jean Kluttz, hospice race chair, greeted guests from the six benefiting hospices, as well as race sponsors and volunteers. One and all enjoyed a buffet dinner of tenderloin, smoked salmon, chicken and veggies.

Centennial celebration

Members of the Baltimore County Medical Association celebrated their centennial with a dinner at the Sheraton Baltimore North. It was an event that will not soon be forgotten, because of the evening's guest of honor and after-dinner speaker, C. Everett Koop, retired Surgeon General of the United States.

Koop drew several standing ovations for a talk that made strongly unfavorable references to the tobacco industry and to the business of managed health care.

The association's president, Dr. Ronald J. Orrell, was emcee of the ceremonies, which attracted a crowd of about 350 folks in the medical field. Among them were State Secretary of Health Dr. Marty Wasserman; Baltimore County Executive Dutch Rupperberger; T. Michael Preston and Dr. Thomas E. Allen, the Medical & Chirugical Faculty's new CEO and president, respectively; and BCMA's chairman of the board, Dr. Herman Brecher.

House of Ruth

The legendary Pointer Sisters had people dancing in the aisles at a Pier Six concert to benefit the House of Ruth. Dot and Henry Rosenberg (he's head of Crown Central Petroleum), and WJZ-TV's Sally Thorner and her husband, Dr. Brian Rosenfield, co-chaired the event, which raised more than $100,000 for the House of Ruth. A pre-concert reception took place at the Chart House restaurant.

This marks the 20th year that the House of Ruth has been providing shelter and services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Around town

My pal Sandi Nagel, who writes a column for the Jewish Times, chaired a Bean-A-Fit recently for Lifesongs for AIDS. Her honorary chairs were Bean Sibel, Beeny Finkelstein and Andy Bienstock.

Held at the Clipper City Brewery, the event featured 18 restaurants serving everything from dishes made with black beans to dishes made with vanilla beans.

Viccino's, Le Bistro Midi, Tio Pepe, Stone Mill Bakery and Linwoods/Due were judged to have the best bean dishes. Their recipes will be attached to bean bags and sold in area stores. Very clever.

Pub Date: 9/28/97

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