Champagne-sipping, shopping mixed well at Evergreen event

November 23, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

THIS YEAR'S CARRIAGE House Collection at Evergreen was a holiday extravaganza, where guests could sip champagne while buying distinctive gifts from more than 50 boutiques. The collection, an annual show and sale at the lovely Evergreen House, has been a project of the Women's Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital for 41 years.

Besides getting a chance to shop and bid on one-of-a-kind items, board members and their guests at this year's preview party were treated to elegant floral displays throughout Evergreen House created by prominent designers.

Susan Cashman and MaryAnn Stobo chaired the event, which raised money to help the Hopkins school of nursing buy an interactive video laboratory.

Over the years, the Women's Board has contributed more than $7 million to the hospital.

Grand Opera Ball

The Grand Opera Ball -- "The Madama Butterfly Ball" -- was held in the grand old ballroom of the Belvedere. Lisa Di Julio Bertani, Mary Davison and Barbara Hecht chaired this year's benefit for the Baltimore Opera Company.

One highlight of the event came when Licia Albanese, one of the finest portrayers of Madame Butterfly of all time, presented soprano Diana Soviero with the Voce D'Oro award. Soviero starred in the Opera Company's production of "Madama Butterfly" earlier this month.

After a sumptuous dinner, catered by Truffles at the Belvedere, guests danced to the music of the Zim Zemarel Orchestra.

Clayworks' gala

"A Hands On Affair," the Baltimore Clayworks' fund-raising gala, was held at the Timonium Holiday Inn Select. Nearly 200 people attended the party, which featured cocktails, dinner and a chance for guests to bid on a wonderful selection of items created by local and national artists and artisans.

Bidding was hot and heavy on the Celebrity Pots. These items were decorated and donated by Walters Art Gallery director Gary Vikan, the Store Ltd.'s Betty Cooke, WJHU's Marc Steiner, sculptor and arts benefactor Amalie Rothschild, Gomez Gallery's Walter Gomez, artist Joan Erbe and Baltimore Sun columnists Julius Westheimer and Dan Rodricks.

Frances Glendenning, Maryland's first lady and honorary chair of the gala, attended the party with Jody Albright, the governor's arts adviser.

Executive Brunch

Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum co-chaired the Executive Brunch, which was held at the Woodholme Country Club as a benefit for the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Guest of honor was Meir Rosenne, former Israeli ambassador to the United States and France. Rosenne was also the guest speaker at the event.

Among those who worked hard to make this event a success were Shoshana Cardin, honorary chair, and deputy chairs Dr. Morton Rapoport and Len Stoler.

Around Town

Former voice of the Orioles Jon Miller, who's now with ESPN, received a warm welcome when he served as host of the first A.I.R. (Achievement in Radio) awards ceremony at the Belvedere. The event was sponsored by the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation . . . From Baltimore mag's "Top Docs" list to the November issue of Vogue magazine, Dr. Roger Blumenthal is riding high. Nope, the noted director of the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease is not modeling his hospital whites in Vogue; he's commenting on heart health for women . . .

I'd like to add my best wishes for a lovely couple, Doris and Nathan Patz, who celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary FTC with a festive party at the Belvedere. The party was given by their three daughters, Barbara Patz, Tucky Ramsey and Ellen Myers, and Ellen's husband, Allen . . .

Vice President and Mrs. Al Gore liked Baltimorean Dick Steiner's magic so much at their Christmas party last year that he was invited back to their home to perform at a Halloween party that the couple gave for members of the press and their families. Steiner says the Gores were dressed as werewolves, and that they loved it when he did his famous "couples trick," turning up playing cards depicting the faces of the Gores.

Pub Date: 11/23/97

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