Social CalendarSept. 5: "Circa the Figure," an exhibition...

August 30, 1998|By SYLVIA BADGER

Social Calendar

Sept. 5: "Circa the Figure," an exhibition that brings together seven sculptural points of view of the human figure. Opening reception at Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, 5706 Smith Ave. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 410-578-1919.

Sept. 11: The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's annual Taste of the Chesapeake features culinary creations by 11 of the region's best chefs. $125. Black tie or festive attire. Eat, drink and be merry at the National Aquarium, Pier 3 at the Inner Harbor. R.S.V.P. by Sept. 1. Call 410-377-6270.

Sept. 11: "Concert for Smiles" features concert pianist Linda Montesa-Pio Roda and cellist Bonnie Thron accompanied by the Hopkins Symphony orchestra. Shriver Hall on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus. 7:30 p.m. Champagne reception follows concert. Concert tickets, $50. Concert and reception tickets, $75. Benefits Greater Baltimore Chapter of Operation Smile, a group of doctors who perform reconstructive facial surgery on disadvantaged people. Call 410-244-8072.

Sept. 11: "Maritime Magic 1998" benefits the Living Classrooms Foundation. Event will be held at the foundation's East Harbor campus, 802 S. Caroline St. $75 a person; $80 at the door. "Festive casual" attire. Food from more than 30 caterers and restaurants. Call 410-685-0295, Ext. 205.

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

Carson Scholars banquet

I had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. Ben Carson, the noted Johns Hopkins pediatric surgeon, at the recent Carson Scholars Fund Awards Banquet. He was there with his wife, Candy, their three sons, Murray, B. J. and Rhoeyce, and the woman he gives much credit to, his mother, Sonya.

Carson and his wife founded the Scholars Fund three years ago to give financial aid to gifted students. They now have 60 scholars, grades 1-12, all of whom maintain at least a 3.5 grade-point average.

Carson told me that he dreams of one day being able to walk into any school in this country and find a Carson Scholar.

Nearly 25 scholars from Maryland and Delaware and their families joined Carson and his associates for a most inspirational evening - emceed by WBAL's Gerry Sandusky - at the Sheraton Baltimore North. The evening had the feel of a family event. Sonya Carson said grace; Carson shared poignant events in his life with the gathering; and there was a singing performance by the Carson Quartet, made up of Candy and the three Carson sons. Members of the President's Roundtable of Morgan State University rolled out the welcome mat recently for Robert Booker, the new CEO of the Baltimore City public school system.

Arnold Williams presides over the Roundtable, which is made up of about 30 area CEOs, whose major contributions are to help fund scholarships for Morgan students and to participate in mentoring programs at the school.

At a cocktail-buffet reception at Morgan's McKeldin Center, Williams, Earl Richardson, Morgan's president, and Marcellus Alexander, CEO of WJZ-TV, formally welcomed Booker to his new job and assured him of their help and insight.

Among the hundreds of other educators, businesspeople and politicians at the welcoming party were Neal Janey, former city solicitor; Cheryl Hitchcock, president of Morgan's National Alumni Association; Patricia Morris, dean of the School of Education and Urban Studies; Marty Resnick, who's served on Morgan's board for 16 years; Willie Lanier, a Richmond, Va., businessman who went to Morgan and later played football for the Kansas City Chiefs; Ed Brody, Baltimore City school board; Thelma Daley, Coalition of 100 Black Women; Terry Addison, one of the founders of the Roundtable; Alice Morgan-Brown, former principal at Northern High; Barry Williams, former principal at Randallstown High; Fred Douglass, who's head of PR at Morgan and was most helpful to me; Elva Edwards, one of the founders of the AFRAM festival; and Kaliq Hunter, a former Morgan student who's now a Fulbright Scholar.

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