Social calendarDec. 2: Welcome-home party for the Pride of...

November 29, 1998|By SYLVIA BADGER

Social calendar

Dec. 2: Welcome-home party for the Pride of Baltimore and its captain and crew. Planet Hollywood, Harborplace. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-539-1151.

Dec. 4: Rock n' Sock Hop, celebrating the Arthritis Foundation's first half-century. Features the Fabulous Hubcaps. Ravens Stadium, north club level. 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Tickets $75. Costume contest. Call 410-602-0160, Ext. 228.

Dec. 4-6: The Junior League of Baltimore's 17th annual Holiday Pops Concert Series & Gala. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Concert times are 8 p.m. Dec. 4-5 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets are $24-$65. Tickets for black-tie gala (Dec. 5 after the concert) are $45 in advance; $50 at the door. Call 410-783-8000 (concert) or 410-296-0748 (gala).

Dec. 5: Art show and auction to benefit the Pumpkin Theatre. Presented by the Heisman Fine Arts Gallery. First Christian Church, 5802 Roland Ave. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $25 for patrons. Art preview 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 410-828-1814.

Dec. 5: The fifth annual Night of 100 Elvises, Lithuanian Hall, 851-3 Hollins St. Benefit for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Features at least 16 Elvis bands and 16 Elvis tribute artists as well as Elvis art and Elvis cuisine. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance. Call 410-494-9558.

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

March of Dimes' fund-raiser a popular tradition

Dining by candlelight in the ballroom of the wonderful old Belvedere Hotel has become a tradition for folks attending the March of Dimes' popular annual fund-raiser. I attended the sixth event, which, like the others before it, honored a Maryland medical professional who has made a contribution to the prevention and treatment of infant health problems.

More than 250 people were at the dinner to pay respects to this year's honoree, Dr. Ronald L. Gutberlet, interim chairman and clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and also chairman of pediatrics at Mercy Medical Center.

The evening also included a silent auction that was popular with many of the guests. Offerings included dinners and trips.

Among the guests I saw were Stephen Josey, March of Dimes chairman of the board; Sister Mary Amos, Mercy Medical Center; Mark Viviano, WBAL-radio sports anchor and the evening's emcee; Dr. Frank Calia, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Dr. Donald Wilson, dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Dr. Phillip Goldstein and his wife, Sharon; and Tracy Hart, March of Dimes executive director. The Fantasy Ball, a regal black-tie event, was a lovely way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Howard County General Hospital and its recent merger with Johns Hopkins Medicine. The gala was chaired by Tina Broccolino (wife of hospital CEO Victor Broccolino).

I've never seen the downtown Hyatt's ballroom look prettier. Thanks go to a creative team of decorators from Newport, R.I., who turned the ballroom into a fantasyland filled with carousels and magic. Fortunetellers, caricaturists and an orchestra called LeMasquerade and Mood Swings were perfect accompaniments.

Among the guests were Dr. Ed Miller, a Hopkins executive, and his wife, Lynn; Dr. Sam Sidney, a Howard physician; Alton Scano, chairman of the Howard board, and his wife, Hillery; and Hopkins president Ronald Peterson and his wife, Rooney. Several hundred people were at the Peabody Library for the Young Audiences of Maryland's annual fund-raiser. "A Class Act VII," chaired by Molly Shattuck, was a reception, a silent auction and an international dinner prepared by Wickey's Catering, which carried out the event's "Savor the World" theme.

Other treats were performances by legendary Baltimore dancer Maria Broom, classical Spanish dancer Anna Menendez, and Russian pantomimists and dancers Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili.

Faces in the crowd included Jennifer Burdick, YAM's recording secretary; Lois Baldwin, former director of arts and sciences for Baltimore County; Mayo Shattuck of BT Alex. Brown; and Lisa Hoitsma, associate director of YAM.

YAM is a nonprofit arts-in-education organization that was founded in Maryland in 1950.

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