Social calendarJuly 12: First Bea Gaddy Musicfest at...

July 12, 1998|By SYLVIA BADGER

Social calendar

July 12: First Bea Gaddy Musicfest at Bohager's Bar & Grill, 515 S. Eden St., Fells Point. Sponsored by Bohager's and WMAR-TV. Features the music of more than two dozen bands. Benefits the fund set up to help the Baltimore activist with her medical expenses. Doors open at 4 p.m. $20. Free parking. Call 410-563-7220.

July 24: A Monte Carlo Night to benefit the National Center o Institutions & Alternatives, a nonprofit organization that provides residential living for mentally challenged people. Crab and bull roast, music and casino games. Martin's West, 6821 Dogwood Road. 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. $100. Proceeds will be used to finance a Walt Disney World trip for 50 of the group's clients. Call 410-265-1490.

Around town

Women in Film & Video of Maryland just celebrated its 10th anniversary with an open membership meeting at WMAR-TV. The group heard words of wisdom from Maryland film-maker and video producer John Chester. Last spring the 26-year-old Chester produced and directed an independent feature film, "Sea of Lost Souls," shot in Baltimore. Now he's shopping an independent TV pilot, "Workout with Andre," described as "a whimsical, character-driven fitness program [with] WBAL-TV fitness guru Andre Miller" as host.

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

Kelly G. Ripken Program event is a big hit

While the Orioles' most famous player, Cal Ripken, was warming up before his fans at Camden Yards, his wife, Kelly, was greeting her fans in the ballpark's Designated Hitters Lounge. About 150 people turned out for dinner and the ballgame, and to support the Kelly G. Ripken Program, a Johns Hopkins resource for thyroid education and patient care.

Sporting a lavender lapel ribbon with a gold butterfly pin shaped like a thyroid gland, Kelly explained why this project is a labor of love. She suffered for years before learning she has Graves' Disease, an overactive thyroid. She has teamed up with Dr. Paul Ladenson, director of endocrinology at Hopkins, to educate people about thyroid disease and to provide free thyroid screening at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center.

Others at the party were Bob Geer, Kelly's dad; Cristina Ciappi, who threw out the first ball at the O's game; John Brown III, RJ Bentley's in College Park; and Mark Mussina, brother of O's pitcher Mike. Mark works for the Tufton Group, which handles the affairs of Cal and Mike. WBAL-TV 11 joined the Black Professional Men's organization to present the annual Rays of Hope Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The men's group, led by president Edwin Avent, annually honors black men for their contributions to the community. The breakfast also gives the Black Professional Men a chance to showcase its mentor program, and to give scholarships to deserving young black men.

This year's Rays of Hope award winners were: education, bTC Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of UMBC; government and politics, Rep. Elijah Cummings; business, Nathan Chapman, president the Chapman Co., and Lydell Mitchell, president of Park Sausage; religion, the Rev. Dr. Frank M. Reid, pastor Bethel AME Church; and community/charitable service, Joseph Smith, director of external affairs for Bell Atlantic. Quadre Washington, a member of the Black Professional Men's Collegiate Chapter at Morgan State University, was named Mentor of the Year.

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