Big spenders helped raise fundsfor the Hannah More School

November 09, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

HANNAH MORE SCHOOL'S recent fund-raiser was a fun-filled evening, chaired by Sandi Dennison of Trammell Crow Co.; Sandy Pagnotti of P. W. Feats; and Karen Adler, the owner of Wedding Pages.

Highlights included performances by two terrific groups -- the Jones Falls Express, an a cappella group that includes Mark McGrath, who's married to Channel 2 news anchor Mary Beth Marsden, and the Hard Travelers, with guest Bill Danhoff, who wrote "Country Road" and "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" for the late John Denver.

Auctioneer Larry King brought top dollar for auction items, thanks to big spenders like Tucky Ramsey, founder of the school and a board member, who bought a trip to Sans Souci Lido Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Janine and Jon Miller -- he's the former Orioles announcer -- who bought a catered dinner for 10, Ravens and Orioles tickets and a police ride-along, courtesy of the Commish Tom Frazier and Col. Margaret Patten; and Stuart Williams, who bought a five-course dinner for eight, which will be held at Tucky's, where she'll wait on table along with Mark Waldman, president of Hannah More. Other help will be Dr. Frank Williams as chef, Rose and Richard Cernak as wine stewards and yours truly as bartender, with a lot of help from husband, Bill.

The event raised about $30,000.


Mood Swings and Swing Baltimore's FlyCats put on quite a show at the L'Hirondelle Club recently, during a big-band bash RTC for Keswick Multi-Care Center. The third annual "friendraiser" attracted lots of old friends like author and former television newswoman Susan White-Bowden and her husband, Jack Bowden, a news reporter for a Washington station; Ed Nolley, Signet Bank, and his wife, Marietta, director of special events for the Walters Art Gallery; and Henry Baker Jr., Keswick's chairman of the board, and his wife, Tokie. Keswick's been providing quality health care to Baltimore's elderly and disabled for more than a century.

At the Walters

In 1931, when Henry Walters bequeathed his art collection, his gallery and a quarter of his fortune to the city, it was a masterful act. The Walters Art Gallery has continued to be one of the jewels of the museum world. Every other year, a fund-raiser is held at the museum, and from what I hear, this year's "Dining With the Masters" was spectacular.

Hannah Gould and Nan Paternotte chaired the gala, which attracted 550 people and raised more than $100,000. Honorary chairs were Art and Pat Modell, and I am told that signs of the Modell touch were evident throughout the party -- the most obvious were the flower arrangements by Pat Modell's favorite floral designer, D. K. Vanderbrook, which, according to his dinner partner, Pat Krongard, looked like magnificent floral sculptures. Another, more subtle touch was the Classic Catering People's fancy version of chicken potpie, a dish for which Mrs. M. is known.

Others dining among the masters and the Modells were Dot and Henry Rosenberg, Zanvyl Krieger, Phyllis and Herbert Siegel, Gary Vikan, Adena Testa, Carolyn and George Beall, Judy and Peter Van Dyke and Barbara and Ben Lucas.

TriUMHph Ball

Hats off to Diane Shapiro, Corrinne Bell, Paula Segalman and Nancy Holden, who planned "A Night in Casablanca" for the annual TriUMHph Ball. This year's event, sponsored by the hospital foundation, raised $30,000 for patient-care services at Union Memorial Hospital. Several hundred guests, dressed for an evening of adventure at Rick's Cafe, arrived at the B&O Museum, where they had dinner, danced and played casino games.

New college president

Margaret and Jim McManus (McKay) had a few friends out to their lovely Monkton farm for lunch and an opportunity to meet Mary Pat Seurkamp, new president of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She's the former dean of academic services at St. John's Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., and the first lay woman to be president of Notre Dame in its 100-year history. She was accompanied by her husband, Bob, who still has family business in Rochester to clear up before moving here by the time his wife is formally inaugurated April 3.

Pub Date: 11/09/97

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