Celebrities turn out to support pediatric oncology program

November 16, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

CELEBRITY WATCHERS GOT their money's worth at the fifth annual Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Friends All-Star Event at the Hyatt Regency. They rubbed elbows and chatted with "Homicide" star Kyle Secor; best-selling author Tom Clancy; Orioles outfielder Eric Davis; soap star Shemar Moore of "The Young and the Restless"; Channel 13 morning anchor Marty Bass; and that wild and wacky morning team on WQSR radio, Rouse and Company, led by its main man, Steve Rouse.

"Stomp Out Childhood Cancer" was the theme and is the goal of all who went to this party. More than 600 attended, and the bidding was particularly heavy on the autographed celebrity footwear donated by Orioles Ironman Cal Ripken Jr. and actors Robert De Niro, Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid and Susan Sarandon.

TBI anniversary

Bravo! The 35th anniversary celebration of the Baltimore-based TBI/Tissue Banks International was a most lavish musical affair. Costumed performers entertained more than 400 doctors and their friends with a musical repertoire that ranged from "Carmen" to "A Chorus Line."

This gala event honored Frederick "Ted" Griffith, who recently retired as CEO of TBI, a job he'd held since the founding of the Maryland Eye Bank 35 years ago. He was thrilled when TBI announced it had founded the Frederick N. Griffith Foundation for the Advancement of Transplantation.

Mandy Patinkin, star of stage, film and concert hall, was unable to be there to accept TBI's first Visionary Humanitarian award in person. Instead, Patinkin, whose recent sight-restoring corneal transplant was performed with a cornea recovered by a TBI eye bank, joined the guests by video. Other guests included Dr. Alfred Sommer, who recently received the Albert Lasker Prize; TBI's new CEO, Richard Fuller; honorary chair Dr. Edward Maumenee; and impresario Bruce P. Sawyer, who chairs TBI's board of directors.

Cancer foundation

Again this year, Shirley Howard, who has worked on the Children's Cancer Foundation's Celebrity Ball for all of its 30 years, put on quite a show for her guests. The Towson Center at Towson University was transformed into a lovely ballroom, where Truffles caterers wowed 1,000 guests with their culinary creations.

Then it was show time for this year's celebrity talent, Little Anthony and the original Imperials, whose music had the movers and shakers at the party doing what they do best: moving and shaking. All money raised goes toward building facilities and research for children's leukemia and cancer.

Sorority gala

Members of the Rho Xi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority held a gala black-tie fund-raiser that attracted more than 350 guests recently to the Forum. Those who helped make this event such a success were Karen Barland, president of the organization; Lydia McCargo-Redd, the chapter's fund-raising chair; and Deleanor Harris-Boone, who chaired this year's dinner-dance. Highlights included a silent auction and an art-sale auction, and the music of XPD. Money raised goes to the sorority's many charitable programs, which include Camp Fun-tastic, scholarships, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Farewell wishes

Belated farewell wishes to one of Maryland's most distinguished doctors, Michael Berman, who left his position as chair of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine to become senior vice president and chief medical officer of the newly merged New York and Presbyterian hospitals. He'll oversee combining the programs of these Cornell and Columbia teaching hospitals, something that has not been done elsewhere in the country. I hear he had quite a send-off at the Center Club with his wife, Susan Swift, by his side. Among those singing his praises were Dr. Morton Rapoport, CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System; Sister Helen Amos, CEO of Mercy Medical Center; state superintendent of schools Nancy S. Grasmick; and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

Around town

Guess who's coming for lunch? Lady Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of Great Britain, said yes to an invitation to speak at a Network 2000 lunch Dec. 11 at the Hyatt Regency. Call 410-783-8225 for tickets, which are $50 . . .

Pub Date: 11/17/97

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