Alliance for the Mentally Ill raises funds and awareness

March 29, 1998|By Sylvia Badger

SEVERAL HUNDRED people filled the Peabody Library for a party to benefit the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill -- Metropolitan Baltimore. Led by board president Kate Farinholt, this volunteer group works with individuals who suffer from mental illness, and with their families.

One of the group's main goals is to educate the public about mental illness. It takes money to get the message out, so silent and live auctions were used at the party to help raise funds. Heavy bidding on items resulted in a lively cocktail hour in the library's lobby.

After the auction, guests were ushered into the library for a delicious buffet dinner, coordinated by Daniel Raffel, general manager of Sascha's catering firm.

Among those at the party were Nancy Farmer and I.D. Shapiro, both big supporters of NAMI; Baltimore County Police Col. Kim Ward and her sister, Lisa Ward, who works for U.S. Customs; Jacqueline Cornish, Druid Hill Development Corp.; Steven Sharfstein, president of Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital; and Dr. Solomon Snyder, director of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who received the 1998 Opening Minds Award for his research on the brain and for helping in the fight to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

Harvest for the Hungry

Larry Adam is a man who has vowed to raise $100 million for charity before he dies. And according to him, he's well on his way -- having raised more than $20 million.

I met Adam at the Harvest for the Hungry All-Star Gala, a benefit for the Harvest for the Hungry campaign, which he founded in 1987. This is a statewide food-collection campaign that has the help of U.S. Postal Service employees. All donations are given to the Maryland Food Bank, which distributes the food throughout the state.

Wanda Draper, WBAL-TV's PR woman, chaired this year's banquet at the Hyatt Regency, which honored campaign contributors such as Daryll Fletcher, Allstate Corp.; Kelly McNamara, Dean Witter Reynolds; Pete Manos, Giant Food; Sandra McNeal, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland; Nancy Grasmick, state superintendent of schools; Steve Dunphy, Pillsbury Co.; Burt Dixon and Don Kellner, United Steelworkers Local #2609; John Potter and Anthony Vegliante, U.S. Postal Service; Major Gen. John Meyer Jr. and Lt. Col. Robert McCormick, U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus; and Phil Stolz, president and GM of WBAL-TV, who was represented by his wife, Suzanne.

I had the pleasure of having dinner with WBAL-TV's news anchors Marianne Bannister and Rod Daniels before their emcee duties began. With Daniels' magnetic personality, it's easy to see why he's been on the air in Baltimore for 14 years.

Others at the party included Ed and Janet Novak (he's president of Maryland Food Bank's board); Bill Ewing, Food Bank executive director; and Barbara Adams, Larry's wife, who received recognition from her husband for her patience and understanding.

Maryland Day

Loyola College celebrated music in Maryland at its 38th annual Maryland Day Celebration. Honored for their contributions to the field of music and for bringing distinction to the state were Barry Tuckwell, music director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra; Nathan Carter, director of fine arts at Morgan State University; Robert Sirota, director of the Peabody Institute; and jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd.

Others at the college's celebration were this year's student government president, Sergio A. Vitale, and his successor, Brian Fox; Father Harold Ridley, Loyola president; Thomas Scheye, Loyola provost; Gerard Holthaus, president and CEO of Williams Scotsman, who received the Alumni Laureate Award.

The awards ceremony was followed by a party in the college's Reitz Arena, with music by the Loyola Jazz Ensemble.

STTAR Center

It was a cold, snowy night outside the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, but the weather didn't deter the hundreds of people who had bought tickets to a fund-raiser for the STTAR Center. The center provides services to victims of sexual assault and abuse in Howard County.

When I arrived, the band -- Jr. Cline and the Recliners -- was warming up in the hotel's lovely grand ballroom. I chatted with Courtney Blair, a Miles & Stockbridge lawyer in Howard County and president of the center's board; and with Cheryl DePetro, executive director of the center.

Among the other guests were George Doetsch Jr., Apple Ford; Howard County Del. Elizabeth Bobo; Police Chief Wayne Livesay; Howard County State's Attorney Marna McLendon; Circuit Court Judge Raymond Kane; and County Councilman Charles Feaga.

The event raised $17,000 for the center.

Pub Date: 3/29/98

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