Heartfest '98 raises more than $200,000 for Ciccarone Center

January 18, 1998|By Sylvia Badger

MORE THAN 1,200 people attended Heartfest '98, a benefit for the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The center is named for Henry "Chic" Ciccarone, a popular Hopkins lacrosse coach who died of a heart attack at the age of 50 in 1988.

The benefit has grown into a mammoth event. This year's benefit, the eighth annual, took up most of the second floor at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. For most of the guests, the evening began at 7 p.m. with a Fair Fest, at which they could sample heart-healthy tidbits from 44 national food vendors. The fair was put together by John Ryder, Heartfest co-chair and president of Metro Food Market.

The main event began at 8: 30 p.m., when the ballroom doors opened and the hungry guests helped themselves to the more substantial food provided by 22 area restaurants and caterers.

I stopped by a pre-event cocktail party to meet the honorees: Martha Hill, president of the American Heart Association; John E. Stokely, president and CEO of Richfood Holdings Inc.; and Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, a heart-attack survivor who serves as the spokesman for the Heart Association. Unfortunately, Lasorda is recovering from knee surgery and could not be there, but he did chat with people via telephone.

Channel 2's Rudy Miller was so excited about meeting Lasorda that she brought a baseball for him to sign. When I last saw her, she was asking Colts great Tom Matte to sign "Tommy Lasorda" on her ball.

Others at the party were Dr. Roger Blumenthal, director of the Ciccarone Center, and his wife, Dr. Wendy Post; Nancy and George Gephart (he's a retired BGE exec); Florence Kelly, mother of Brendan Kelly, the 1989 captain of the Hopkins lacrosse team; Marcie and Dick Watts (he's a former University of Maryland, Baltimore County lacrosse coach who will be installed in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in February); Ed Speno, Heartfest co-chair, and his wife, Marty; John Tucker, Gilman lacrosse coach and Thunder coach, and his wife, Janine, who coaches the Hopkins women's lacrosse team; Joe Ciletti and Dave Schroeder, who, as owners of the Wine Merchant, provided wines for the evening, and who helped Blumenthal start Heartfest; and Dr. Alex Guba and his wife, Mary McManus Guba.

Heartfest raised more than $200,000 for the Ciccarone Center.

'Les Blancs'

The opening-night performance of "Les Blancs" at Center Stage attracted an array of African diplomats posted to Washington. The play, a parable by Lorraine Hansberry, author of "A Raisin in the Sun," is about a revolution in a fictional African nation.

Before the curtain went up, Center Stage managing director Peter Culman held forth at a reception attended by Serge Mombouli, Republic of Congo; Willie Chokani, Republic of Malawi; Crispin Grey-Johnson, Republic of Gambia; and P.B. Ayendi, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Local first-nighters included Marcellus Alexander, general manager of WJZ-TV; Earnestine Baker, Meyerhoff Scholarship; Dennis Garrett, Coastal Logistics; Benny Gordon of AT&T, which helped underwrite the show; Joan Marshall, AT&T vice president; and Eugene Phillips, Concerned Black Men Inc.

Medical society

Dr. Joseph W. Zebley III, of the New Children's Hospital, was installed as the president of the Baltimore City Medical Society at a festive dinner at the Center Club.

Joining Zebley at the installation ceremony were Dr. Beverly Collins, president elect of the society; Dr. Reed Winston, vice president; Dr. Rafael Haciski, treasurer; Dr. James P.G. Flynn, secretary; and board members Dr. Bob W. Gayler, Dr. Anita M. Holloway and Dr. Anil Uberoi.

Honored at the dinner was Dr. Murray A. Kalish, who received the 1997 BCMS Community Service Award. Kalish, of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, was unable to attend, so he was lauded for his good works in absentia.

Restaurant opening

There was standing-room-only at the grand opening of the Inner Harbor's newest restaurant, Charleston. Nearly 800 people stopped by, and while there consumed 4,000 hors d'oeuvres. This new eatery, located in the Sylvan Learning Center Building at 1000 Lancaster St., is owned by chef Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman. The husband-wife couple came to Baltimore several years ago to open Savannah's at the Admiral Fell Inn. Last year they decided it was time to own their own place.

The restaurant is open Mondays to Fridays for lunch and seven nights a week for dinner. Foreman tells me there are daily menu changes, but patrons will usually find fried chicken, pork chops and collard greens on the menu, alongside more elegant dishes like lobster minestrone.

Pub Date: 1/18/98

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