Eight-day sale of artworks raises funds for choral society

November 30, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

More than 150 paintings, photographs and sculptures were for sale at the eighth annual ART97, a benefit for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. This popular, eight-day sale -- held this year at the Conference Center at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital -- is always kicked off with an opening-night reception, which many of the contributing artists attend.

First-nighters this year were greeted by the Choral Arts Society's music director, Tom Hall, who recently was one of the guests invited to the White House for the National Medals of Arts and Humanities ceremony.

Lifesongs' 'Jewels'

A gala called "Jewels" was a glamorous way for Lifesongs for AIDS president Carole Sibel and her 40-member board to end a year filled with mini-fund-raisers. In lieu of its big annual concert, the AIDS-education organization staged a year filled with bingo, bowling and bean- and Barbie-themed events.

Lifesongs' grand finale was a glittery party featuring eight different dinners held in eight settings in the Grand Ball Room of the Hilton Hotel. Each party had its own hosts. Among them were Carole and Bean Sibel; Dorothy and Paul Wolman (he owns P.W. Feats); and Bob Jones of Jones Lighting, and his wife, Lola, who owns a beauty shop. Paul Wolman and Bob Jones co-chaired the event.

Three 'classics' hailed

Young Audiences of Maryland put on quite a show for its 47th anniversary party at the Peabody Library. The doors opened at six bells for a reception, silent auction and dinner catered by the Brass Elephant.

This year's event was a salute to three Baltimore "classics": Paul Clifford, a longtime YAM supporter and former board member (22 years); Ed Goldstein of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, who's ringing in his 23rd year of performing in schools with Young Audiences; and Patricia Thomas, who has been Young Audiences' executive director for 25 years.

Young Audiences of Maryland is a nonprofit organization that provides performing arts programs to school and community audiences.

'Dinner by Candlelight'

The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation honored Dr. Victor A. McKusick with an elegant "Dinner by Candlelight" at Truffles at the Belvedere. The professor of genetics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine was named this year as the organization's Distinguished Maryland Health Professional for his work in human genetics.

Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, national president of the March of Dimes, and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, national March of Dimes trustee and granddaughter of organization founder Franklin Delano Roosevelt, were at the party to present the award to McKusick.

Anne M. Pinkard Building

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Board of Trustees has voted to name the new Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing building the Anne M. Pinkard Building in honor of the Baltimore philanthropist and university trustee emerita. Although the building will open to students in January, it will not be dedicated until next June.

Pinkard, best known to her friends as Nanny Pinkard, is the president and director of the Robert G. and Anne Merrick Foundation and the Jacob and Annita France Foundation, which jointly gave $3 million toward construction of the nursing building.

Congratulations to ...

* Charles M. Cawley, chairman and CEO of MBNA America Bank, who recently was honored by Loyola College's Sellinger School of Business and Management as its 1997 Business Leader of the Year.

* Sam Lacy, longtime sports editor of the Afro-American newspaper, who received the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from Towson University for his outstanding contributions to print and broadcast journalism.

* Phyllis Brotman, vice president of public relations for Gray, Kirk/VanSant advertising agency, who was given Towson University's Department Chair Award for her contributions to the university and its Communications Department. Brotman assumed her position after the merger of the public relations firm that she founded, Image Dynamics, with Gray, Kirk/VanSant.

Pub Date: 11/30/97


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