Pam Shriver's tennis challenge makes a net gain for charities

December 07, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

TENNIS GREAT BILLY Jean King served as honorary chair of Pam Shriver's 12th annual tennis challenge, but she was not the only notable involved in the charity event. The honorary executive committee included Orioles owner Peter Angelos, tennis great Elise Burgin, U.S. Reps. Bob Ehrlich and Ben Cardin, Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, former O's star pitcher Jim Palmer and his wife, Joni, and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

Again this year, Pam put together a great night of tennis. Players were Brady Anderson and B.J. Surhoff of the Orioles; Legends Tennis players Cliff Drysdale and Fred Stolle; tennis stars Zina Garrison, Chanda Rubin and Pam Shriver, and two of the top women tennis players in the world, Monica Seles and Amanda Coetzer. All put on quite a show at the Baltimore Arena.

On the eve of the matches, Clinton Kelly, president of the Baltimore Tennis Patrons, held forth at a cocktail party and silent auction at the Hyatt Regency. Guests at the event hobnobbed with Ravens players Tony Siragusa and Greg Montgomery, the tennis challenge's players and the sponsors of the event.

The $27,800 raised at the party went to the Baltimore Tennis Patrons, an organization that promotes tennis among Baltimore's youth. The $150,000 raised from the tennis challenge went to the Baltimore Community Foundation, which disburses money to area charities.

Thanks to a great idea from Pam Shriver, more than $1.75 million has gone back into the community in the last 12 years.

Kidney Foundation

The Kidney Foundation's black-tie ball was a night guests will remember for a long time. Nearly 450 people danced to the music of the Gene Donati Orchestra, ate delicious food prepared by the Brass Elephant, and bid on silent-auction items such as lunch with baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer. All this took place in and around the huge trains housed in the B&O Railroad Museum.

It was also an evening of honors. Rev. Marcus A. Wood, pastor of Providence Baptist Church, was honored for his untiring support for organ-donation education, and Dr. James B. Zachary was honored for his work in the Division of Renal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview. Henry Rosenberg Jr., chairman of the board of Crown Petroleum, was the gala's honorary corporate chair. Channel 2's Sandra Pinckney was the honorary chair.

This year's event, also a celebration of the foundation's 42nd anniversary, netted more than $80,000, which will be used for kidney research and patient services.

Art for Arthritis

The walls of the Renaissance Gallery in the Festival at Woodholme were covered with familiar Baltimore "heads" at an Art for Arthritis fund-raiser. Called TammraSiglerHeads, the event featured 90 original monotones of Baltimoreans, created by Sigler, a local artist and member of the Arthritis Foundation's board.

According to the foundation's executive director, Jack Whisler, this was a labor of love for Sigler. Her monotones sold for $1,000 each and raised more than $50,000.

Among those who stopped by (some for a look at their heads) were Faith Riggs, Jay Jenkins, Harriet Legum, Rand Mason, Jackie Smelkinson, Amy Elias, Melissa Berge, Marsha Becker, Lynn and Anthony Deering and Marshall Janoff. Guests sipped wine and nibbled goodies donated by Linwood's Due.

Brandeis Banquet

An international Jewish leader and a prominent Baltimore family were honored at the Baltimore Zionist District's 54th Brandeis Banquet at the Convention Center. Avraham Burg, who retired from the Israeli Knesset in 1995 to become chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel and World Zionist Organization, was given the BZD's Brandeis Award. He was joined by members of the Klein family -- Philip, Harriet, Michael and Jeffrey -- who were given the 1997 Humanitarian Award for their long-standing commitment to the Jewish community.

The banquet, the BZD's yearly fund-raising event, was chaired by Marty Schwartz. Others who helped make the event a success were Bruce Kauffman, BZD president; Merrill Levy, chairman of the board; and campaign leaders Edward Hiller, Charles Vineberg, Lilyan Podel, Brian Sacks, Sylvan Tomapkov, Jerry Wilen, Stephen Mackler and Howard Friedman.

Around town

Actor Ed Asner will be in Baltimore for the Tuesday premiere of "The Fanatics," a film about the stealing of a town's football team and the town's plans to reclaim the team. Asner stars in the film, which was directed and produced by Baltimore native Marc Lasky. The screening will take place at the Senator Theatre, where Asner and Lasky will unveil a commemorative sidewalk block before the movie begins at 7: 30 p.m. Unfortunately, there are no more tickets available for the premiere.

Pub Date: 12/07/97

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