Social calendarOct. 15: The American Technion Society, a...

October 11, 1998|By Sylvia Badger

Social calendar

Oct. 15: The American Technion Society, a national nonprofit organization supporting higher education in Israel, is honoring its past presidents and its guardians, whose contributions exceed $1 million. 6 p.m. Tickets $150. Business attire. Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. Call 410-602-0275.

Oct. 16: Mr. and Mrs. Art Modell are honorary chairs of Football II, a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Association. Cocktails at the Ravens stadium at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and a silent auction at the downtown Hyatt Regency. $195. Black tie. Call 800-731-2873.

Oct. 17: St. Agnes Hospital Foundation's fall gala stars comedian Steven Wright. Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. 6 p.m. Black-tie preferred. $150. Call 410-368-3155.

Oct. 18: Celebrity Small Talk lets you chat in person with well-known Baltimoreans Rebecca Hoffberger, Sam Lacy, Rheda Becker, Michael Olesker, Bennard Perlman, Ed Polochick, Don Scott, Rita St. Clair and Marc Steiner. Benefits United Support Against Multiple Sclerosis and honors one of that organization's most tireless volunteers, Eleanor Rosenberg. Founders Building Atrium of the St. Paul Cos. complex, 6225 Smith Ave. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. $60. Cocktail attire. Call 410-560-2205.

Oct. 18: A benefit concert for the Carson Scholars Fund features Mihaly Virizlay, principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall, the Johns Hopkins University. $125. Business attire. Call 410-828-1005.

Coppin State gala

A "Caribbean Evening Under the Stars" was the theme for a gala fund-raiser for Coppin State College. Party planners did a great job transforming Coppin's 50,000-square-foot garden into a Caribbean island, complete with palm trees and sparkling lights.

Nearly 700 people attended this year's event, which was chaired by Patricia Schmoke, a 1974 Coppin grad, an ophthalmologist and wife of Mayor Kurt Schmoke, and Dr. Gretta Burnett, educator, civic leader and wife of Coppin President Calvin Burnett.

Guests loved the entertainment. The Coppin dancers were terrific, and a group called the Monks entertained one and all with its special style of jazz.

The emcee was Tim Williams of WJZ-TV. Among the guests were Dr. Anne Emery, Harlow Fullwood, Tom McKinney, Lisa Williams, George and Nancy Roche, and Gayle Westmoreland. Who says you can't come home again? D'Monroe, who's playing Benny the landlord in the musical "Rent" at the Mechanic Theatre, has come home and he's loving it! This singer, dancer and actor was born in Baltimore and began his career in Washington.

He was among the show's stars attending an opening-night soiree at the Hard Rock Cafe. Hosts were Steve Saffron and Bob Wiley of Mix 106 radio.

Artists who stopped by were Erin Keaney, Trey Ellett, Laura Dias and Christian Anderson. Other guests included Amy Katz, national press rep for the show; Edie Brown, Baltimore Arena; and Jennifer Schmidt, WPOC-radio. The Maryland Institute, College of Art is saluting the 20-year tenure of its president, Fred Lazarus IV, with a year-long celebration. First on the social calendar was the "Twenty Over Twenty" invitational art exhibit, featuring a display of works from the last 20 years by 20 noted institute artists. (The exhibit runs through Nov. 8 in the Decker, Meyerhoff and Pinkard galleries.)

To kick off the exhibit, nearly a thousand people donned the Fred Lazarus de rigueur accessory, the bow tie, and attended the Bow Tie Ball on the campus. Lazarus and his wife, Jonna, greeted friends, alums and students.

It was nice to see Hope Quackenbush and Ned Daniels, who co-chaired the event. Among the other guests were Bob Embry and wife, Mary Ann Mears, Kathy and Joe Hardiman and Ann Perkins.

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