'Tomorrow Never Dies' party a big hit for the Broccoli Center

December 28, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

PROMINENT MEMBERS of Baltimore's medical and business communities were among the 750 people at the charity premiere of the new James Bond film, "Tomorrow Never Dies."

What a production the movie premiere and the evening were! The event was skillfully orchestrated by lumber czar Lou Grasmick to benefit the Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases, at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

For several hundred people the evening began at 5: 30 p.m. with a 007-themed soiree at Pimlico Race Course. Track owner Joe DeFrancis was host of the party, at which guests paying $1,000 a couple sipped fine wines and ate beef tenderloin stuffed with crab meat, sea bass and roasted veggies prepared by Maryland Turf Caterers' executive chef, W. Gregg Nalley.

At 7 p.m., guests filled 33 stretch limos for a trip to the Senator Theatre, where fireworks, blazing klieg lights and $100 patrons of the premiere awaited their arrival.

Among those attending were Tom Kiefaber, owner of the Senator; Mitzie Perdue and Sue Hess from Salisbury; Dr. Jim D'Orta, the late Cubby Broccoli's nephew; Fred and Vanessa Smith, Sinclair Broadcasting/Fox 45; Jim McKay, event emcee; filmmaker John Waters; MPT's Rhea Feiken; David Modell, Ravens football; Mike Styer, Maryland Film Commission; State Sen. Barbara Hoffman and her husband, Don; Joe Haskins, chairman of Harbor Bank, and his wife, Rhonda; ex-Colts star John Unitas and his wife, Sandy; the event's co-chair, John Paterakis, H&S Bakery; Mike Merson, CEO of Helix Health, and his wife, Dr. Anis Merson; Dr. Vincent Gott and his son, Cameron; Dr. Bill Baumgartner and his wife, Betsy; State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick; Debbie and Dan Feeley, Amoco Service Center owners; Dr. Ed Miller, chairman of Hopkins Hospital; and Ron Peterson, president of Hopkins Hospital.

The film's co-star, Michelle Yoeh, was able to make the premiere thanks to Grasmick, who sent a helicopter to pick her up in New York. By the way, I am told that Yoeh and Hopkins' Dr. Alan Heldman are quite an item these days. He was by her side at the Senator.

This event was a labor of love for Grasmick, Paterakis and McKay, all of whom have had heart surgery at Hopkins. Their efforts raised $218,700 for the Broccoli Center.


Another party success story was the 10th AIRS Holiday Gathering, held at the home of Todd August and Michael Curry, owners of Morgan-Gerard Salon & Spa in Annapolis.

Philip Cooper, marketing consultant, chaired the event, which raised $50,000 for the Don Miller House, a residence for people with AIDS, and the AIRS (AIDS Interfaith Residential Services) Family Program.

Denise Koch, WJZ-TV news anchor, emceed the festivities, which included a live auction conducted by Ed Brody, Brody Transportation. Claire Hecht, of U.S. Tag & Label Co., contributed an array of good auction items, including a seated dinner for 24 at the home of Jacqueline and Robert Smelkinson. Last year's chairs, JoAnn and Joe Hickey Jr., were high bidders for the dinner.


Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn was the scene of the annual Christmas reception of the Patapsco River Chapter of Links. Members Doris Holmes, Pattie Berry and Doris Cooke worked hard to make this event a success.

Links members and their guests enjoyed an afternoon of Christmas music and singing Christmas carols. They also tasted egg nog, cider and a lavish buffet.

Jennye Patterson is president of this civic-minded group, which collected a myriad of gifts for the homeless families at the Eleanor D. Corner House in Reisterstown, a shelter the Links have adopted.

Mad Hatter's party

The Pumpkin Theatre celebrated its 30th season with a Mad Hatter's Martini Party at the Ruby Lounge on North Charles Street. Partygoers got into the spirit of the theater's holiday production, "Alice in Wonderland," and donned mad hatter chapeaus.

(Final performances of "Alice in Wonderland" are today and Jan. 3-4 at the Hannah More Arts Center at St. Timothy's School.)

Harriet Lynn, executive producer and artistic director of the theater, tells me "Beauty and the Beast," "The Emperor's Nightingale" and "Aesop's Fables" will be performed by the group during the next six months. All productions are planned for children age 4 and older. Call the Pumpkin Theatre box office at 410-323-9316 for tickets.

Pub Date: 12/28/97

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