TCAdventure Under the Big Top' benefits children's...

October 19, 1997|By Sylvia Badger


Adventure Under the Big Top' benefits children's hospital

AN ADVENTURE Under the Big Top" was the theme of this year's Black and White Ball to benefit the New Children's Hospital on Greenspring Avenue. It was a tented affair and took place in and around the hospital's Bennett Institute.

Celebrations Unlimited of Owings Mills transformed those areas into an elegant casino, where guests spent as much time at the gaming tables as they did at the buffet tables.

Proceeds from this year's gala will be used to buy cardiac monitoring equipment for the hospital. Dr. and Mrs. Leo Gresser chaired the event, which honored Josephine Shehan, a longtime volunteer at Children's Hospital, where she served on the leadership and women's boards.

International Day

International Day featured a terrific fashion show, flamenco and Latin American dancing, and a fabulous dinner at the Hunt Valley Inn. It was the St. Joseph's Auxiliary's 62nd annual October Party and Fashion Show, and, attended by more than 430 people, it helped raise more than $35,000 for the St. Joseph Medical Center's Heart Institute. Auxiliary president Nahid Ghiladi was thrilled with the event, which was chaired by Lourdes Morales, one of the hospital's most active auxiliary members.

Jennifer McDonald, chair of the fashion show, had as models folks like the president and CEO of St. Joseph Medical Center, John Prout, and his wife, Marilyn, an auxiliary member; Dr. Stewart Finney, cardiac surgeon; Kathy Imhoff, patient care coordinator; Donna and Kenneth DeFontes (he's a member of the foundation board), and their son Kenny; Pat and King Corbett (he's chairman of the foundation board), and their daughter Laura; and Sharon Palmer, critical care technician.

Mercy magic

With the National Aquarium as the backdrop, more than 500 partygoers were lured down to Piers 3 and 4 for the 12th annual Mercy Magic Under the Sea. This popular event is expected to raise $100,000 for Mercy Medical Center, which was recently named by Self magazine as one of the 10 best hospitals for women's care.

According to gala chair Sharon Howard, whose husband, Rick, is chief of anesthesiology at Mercy, it was an evening of fine food and dancing under the stars. The gala's co-chair was Roberta Flynn, a dedicated gift-shop volunteer at Mercy, whose husband, Mike, represents Ross Laboratories, which provides services to the hospital. Another reason for the success is auctioneer Jonathan Melnick, who volunteered his time and brought in top dollar for auction items like a rare 1993 Montrachet Grand Cru Magnum/Marquis de Laguiche; vacations to Nags Head and France; and a "Year in Maryland" goody package offering tickets and passes to Maryland events and dinners and stays at some of our best hotels. As a punster might say, it was a whale of an evening.


The annual Crohn's and Colitis Foundation fund-raiser, Fall-De-Rol, honored Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg of Beth Tfiloh Congregation and Community School. Rabbi Wohlberg was selected for his devotion to his community and because Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis affect Jews four times more often than the general population.

This year's cocktail buffet, at the Hyatt Regency, was chaired by Frank A. Bonsal Jr. and Morton J. Macks, and drew more than 160 people.

Painting the town

The walls of the Ward Center for the Arts at St. Paul's Schools are covered with more than 50 "Watercolors by Wills." These are landscapes, seascapes and abstracts of rural Maryland, Maine and England, all painted by George Wills, a man best-known in Maryland circles for his public-relations and governmental expertise.

Two hundred friends and acquaintances attended the opening-night party, where 12 paintings were sold. Wills was overheard to say that after spending hours hanging his paintings with his wife, Suzanne, framer Jeannie Trout, who owns the Miter Box, and a young artist, Jim Cox, he's decided it's easier to paint them than to hang them.

The exhibit will be at Ward Center through Nov. 24, but you should call Ellen Spicer, at 410-821-3043, about times the center is open to the public.

Fall party season: many reasons to celebrate

Dust off your tuxedo and spruce up your ball gown. The fall party season is in full swing. There are dinners, dances, bull roasts, receptions and even an "upscale" boxing event. Just make your picks and call the numbers below to reserve your tickets for November events.


1: Bravo!, a 35th anniversary party and benefit for the Baltimore-based TBI/Tissue Banks International; Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St.; opera and musical-theater entertainment; actor Mandy Patinkin receives first Visionary Humanitarian Award; 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; $150; 410-752-2206.

1: Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus' 20th anniversary concert and reception; Jim Rouse Theater, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia; 7: 30 p.m.; $20; 410-465-5744.

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