Burn Center event 'FANtastic,' thanks to Ravens' team effort

December 14, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

MEMBERS OF THE Baltimore Ravens football team scored big for the Baltimore Regional Burn Center, thanks to the Ravens Wives Association. A "FANtastic" fund-raiser was held for the center at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. It consisted of dinner, dancing, auctions and chitchat with Ravens players and their wives.

The football team became interested in the Burn Center last year after player Anthony Pleasant and his wife, Renita, established a fund in honor of their baby, Hannah, who had been treated there. Pleasant plays with the Atlanta Falcons now and couldn't attend the party, but Renita joined the festivities and was one of many speakers.

Lisa Bercu, the Ravens' director of broadcasting, and Tony Harris, news anchor for Fox 45 and Channel 54, did a great job of introducing VIPs Dr. Andrew Munster, director of the Burn Center; Ronald Peterson, president of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, of which the Burn Center is a part; and Tom McLhinney, Ben Alder and Joe Machovec, firefighters who presented the center with a check for $40,000 from the Metropolitan Fire Fighters Burn Center Fund.

The event's show stopper, I am told, came when a remarkable young man, Paul Terrell, talked to the guests about his experiences at the Burn Center. He spent a month there in 1994, after a fire in his home killed his mother and six siblings and badly injured him. He still visits the center for continuing reconstructive surgery by Dr. Robert Spence, co-director of the center.

Ravens players and wives at the party included Earnest and Tina Byner, James and Son-Ja Jones, Stevon and Jondena Moore, and Vinny and Mitzi Testaverde.

Food For All

The 10th annual Food For All was the most successful ever, netting more than $39,000 for the Maryland Food Bank. This year's event, chaired by Peter Bheda, was held at the Convention Center, which was transformed into a sports arena by the talented workers of P.W. Feats.

Foods were prepared by 15 hotel chefs, and guests feasted on smoked chicken from the Admiral Fell Inn; three smoked salmon dishes from Harbor Court Hotel; butternut squash from the Inn at Perry Cabin; and bread pudding from the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel.

David George from the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel had a great display for his food station. He filled a pickup truck with little footballs and served salad "tailgate" style.

Santa Claus Anonymous

Since 1934 Santa Claus Anonymous has worked to make Christmas a little brighter for needy children. Gift certificates -- worth $10 this year -- are given annually to each child in selected families. The families redeem the certificates at local shops for children's clothing or toys. The group's goal this year is to raise $450,000, which would allow it to give certificates to 45,000 children in Baltimore and the surrounding counties.

Recently, SCA held one of its most popular fund-raising events -- its annual Holiday Wine and Beer Tasting. More than 300 people stopped by the Peabody Library for light fare, and to sample California and Maryland wines and beers from local microbreweries -- Clipper City, Sisson, Ellicott City Brewing Co., Wild Goose, Brimstone and Oxford.

Suzanne Connelly, Santa Claus Anonymous vice president, chaired the party with lots of help from committee members Kevin Roland, George Dabney, Mike Reitz, Chris Novak, John Snead, Jill McClune, Reed Booker, Scott Phillips and Barbara Brown.

If you'd like to help the group make its goal, send checks to Santa Claus Anonymous, P.O. Box 41648, Balto. Md. 21203.

Symphony Homes

Six Baltimore homeowners graciously donated the use of their residences for this year's Symphony Homes for the Holidays, sponsored by the Baltimore Symphony Associates. Before the homes were opened for a weekend of public tours, they were decked out for the holidays by floral designers from Fleur de Lis, Betty Davis Floral Design, Branching Out, Eleanor Oster Floral Design, the French Tulip, Floral Impressions and Roland Park Florist.

In addition to the public tours, the Symphony Associates sponsored a candlelight house tour and party. Guests were treated to cocktails at the Cloisters, transported to the houses for the tours and then taken back to the Cloisters for dinner. This year's event -- the fifth annual -- was chaired by Betty Reeves and Susan Wolven. Money raised will go toward the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's community youth programs, such as the Tiny Tots concerts.

Pub Date: 12/14/97

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