Social calendarNov. 19: The March of Dimes' 6th annual...

November 15, 1998|By SYLVIA BADGER

Social calendar

Nov. 19: The March of Dimes' 6th annual "Dinner by Candlelight and Silent Auction" honors Dr. Ronald Gutberlet. The Belvedere, Charles and Chase streets. Valet parking. 6 p.m. $150. Call 410-752-8076.

Nov. 20: Young Audiences of Maryland's annual fund-raiser, "Savor the World - A Class Act VII." George Peabody Library, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. Reception and silent auction 6:30 p.m., followed by international feast catered by Wickey's Catering, and multicultural performances by YAM artists. $125. Call 410-837-7577.

Nov. 21: Second annual ball to raise funds for the Baltimore Prevention Coalition, an organization committed to helping communities fight drug, alcohol and tobacco use. Dinner, dancing and fashion show at the Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $50. Formal/semiformal attire. Alcohol-free. Call 410-383-2800.

Around town

Check out the Nov. 9 New Yorker mag, page 35. Baltimore's most modest veterinarian, Dr. Kim Hammond, is featured there. Seems Dr. Kim, whose great-grandfather Andrew Saks founded Saks Fifth Avenue, travels to Paris in March and October, not only to attend the shows of his fashion-designer clients, but also to attend to their pooches. Valentino's pugs, Maggie, Molly and Oliver, and Herve Leger's bulldog, Ming, are a few of his patients.

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

Antiques show preview

Connoisseurs and beginning collectors filled the Maryland Historical Society building on West Monument Street for the 21st annual Maryland Antiques Show preview party. On hand to greet first-nighters were Ann and Sam Hopkins - he's the great-great-nephew of Johns Hopkins and this year's honorary chair; show co-chairs Anne O'Malley and her husband, Bert, and Libby Naylor and her husband, Timothy; and Dennis Fiori - he's MHS director - and his wife, Margaret Burke.

Among those who stopped by for a first glimpse at the gala preview were Mr. and Mrs. James Alban III, Mrs. Francis Contino, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Griswold IV, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Krongard, Mr. and Mrs. J. Jefferson Miller II, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Riggs Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Kevin O'Keefe, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Rief, J. Fife Symington Jr. and Laurence Brengle.

The show highlighted fashion with an appearance by Richard Martin, curator of the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a behind-the-scenes look at the society's newly acquired items associated with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. It's the first time this show has been held at the society's home, and I bet it will be there from now on. The Celebrity Ball was another glittering event for the Children's Cancer Foundation. More than 1,000 people attended the gala at the Towson Center, which included a concert by the Drifters, the Coasters and the Platters.

The foundation's president, Shirley Howard, told me that since 1985 the foundation has donated $10.9 million in grants to doctors and hospitals for pediatric research and causes.

Among the guests were John Ryder, Metro Food; Pete Manos and Barry Scher, Giant Food; Donna and Harry Felling - she's a former legislator turned lobbyist, and he's the national sales manager for Pompeian olive oil; and one of Baltimore radio's best-known personalities, Johnny Dark. E-D-D-I-E was the star attraction at the Sports Boosters of Maryland annual Headliners' Banquet at Martin's West, where the ballroom was filled with sports fans eager to meet future Hall of Famer Eddie Murray. With him was his wife, Janice.

Others at the party were Ron and Cathi Shapiro - he's best-known as a celebrity agent; Scott McGregor, former O's pitcher who gave the invocation; Frank Wren, the O's new GM; Bill Stetka, O's PR; Ray Miller, O's GM; Allen Sanders, president of the Sports Boosters; Jay Harris, Sports Boosters executive director; Merle and Elrod Hendricks, honorary chairs of the banquet; and Ernie Tyler, the umpires attendant, who received the Rex Barney Thank You award from Chuck Thompson.

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