Social calendarMay 4: Academy of Finance's 10th...

May 03, 1998|By SYLVIA BADGER

Social calendar

May 4: Academy of Finance's 10th anniversary luncheon, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St. Benefits Fund for Educational Excellence. Noon. Business attire. Tickets $40. Call 410-467-6307.

May 5: World premiere of the film "Divine Trash," Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. Benefits Women in Film & Video of Maryland and Towson University Theatre Endowment Scholarship. Champagne reception and commemorative sidewalk unveiling 6:30 p.m. Post-premiere party at the Hard Rock Cafe, Inner Harbor. Dress is outrageous attire or black tie. Tickets $40. Call 410-481-6500.

May 7: Dinner and auction to benefit breast-cancer research and Reach to Recovery Program. Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Honorees are Dr. Nancy Davidson, Harriet Legum and Marlene Greenebaum. Business attire. Tickets $75. Call 410-931-6850, Ext. 350.

May 7: Fourth annual Cruise for a Cause benefits the Children's House at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Bay Lady in the Inner Harbor. Casino games featuring celebrity dealers, gourmet Caribbean fare and a limbo contest. Business or dressy Caribbean attire. Tickets $75. Call 410-614-2560, Ext. 119.

May 9: Baltimore City Councilman Martin O'Malley and his band of merry men, O'Malley March and Friends, will present an evening of Irish music at Idlewylde Hall, 6301 Sherwood Road. Benefits Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity. 8 p.m. to midnight. Dress is casual. Tickets $12. Call 410-234-9924.

If you'd like to have your social event listed here, fax the information to Sylvia Badger at 410-758-1654.

Whitbread racers sail into town

Marylanders celebrated the visit of the Whitbread racers with an 11-day social whirlwind that ended today as the hearty crews set sail from Annapolis for France.

You can bet that they take with them fond memories of Maryland's hospitality. There were dozens of parties in Baltimore and Annapolis. In fact, one of the hottest tickets in town was for the Whitbread Ball. Nearly 500 people descended on the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel ballroom, where they watched an action-packed video of the Whitbread Round the World Race, bid on silent-auction items and danced to the great swing music of Bellevue Cadillac.

Hotel chefs dished up lots of tasty food and displayed a terrific sailboat ice sculpture that was the talk of the party. Allison Parker and Julie Rafalke co-chaired the ball, which benefits Whitbread Chesapeake, coordinator of the state's Whitbread-related events.

Among the partygoers were Lisa and Greg Barnhill (he's president of Whitbread Chesapeake); George Collins, captain of Chessie, the locally owned entrant, and his wife, Maureen; Gary Jobson, ESPN; Dean Kenderdine, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development; William Beale, attorney; Annapolis Mayor Dean Johnson; and crew members from

Chessie and the Swedish Match team. The ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore was transformed into an old-fashioned country fair, courtesy of P.W. Feats, for the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation's Carousel of Life Gala. More than 800 people ate, drank and danced merrily to the music of the Gene Donati Orchestra. The successful event, chaired by Karen and David Anderson, raised $200,000. The money was presented to Dr. Eric Toner, director of emergency medicine and the Chest Pain Evaluation Unit, and the funds will be used for critical-care areas of the hospital.

Celebrity emcee for the evening was the delightful Roger Caras, president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The show stopper, so to speak, was the arrival of Cardinal William Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore. He works a room like a good politician, moving from table to table, chatting and posing for photographs.

There were many speeches, along with a delicious dinner of beef tournedos on a bed of leeks, and apricot salmon with macadamia nuts.

Guests included Clarisse Mechanic, owner of the Morris Mechanic Theatre; Carmen and Vicki Deyesu (he's chairman of St. Joseph's board); Dr. Bill Horton and his wife, Bess; and Sharon and Ronald Dorn (she works for the foundation).

How many black-tie functions have you attended where you could check out a helicopter or an ambulance? Not many, I dare say. But both vehicles were attractions at the University of Maryland Medical Center's annual Shock Trauma gala, held at the Towson Center. Nearly 1,200 people attended this year's gala, a salute to people from all facets of emergency service.

During a touching program, guests were told of how good emergency workers saved the lives of Gail Bright, injured in a motorcycle accident, and Leslie "Eddie" Johnson Jr., who was shot several times with a shotgun.

Among those lauding the honorees were WBAL-TV's Marianne Banister; John Ashworth, director of Shock Trauma; Dr. Morton Rapoport, president and CEO of the Univer-sity of Maryland Medical Center; Dr. Thomas Scalea, chief of the Shock Trauma Center; Frank Kelly, chairman of the Board of Visitors; Lance Billingsley, chairman of the University of Maryland Board of Regents; Maryland's first lady, Frances Hughes Glendening; and Robert Bass, executive director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Services.

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