Baltimore Opera gala


July 04, 1999|By Sloane Brown

At its annual Swing Gala, Baltimore Opera Guild members savored a soft summer sunset at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club. About 130 guests gathered on the club's patio for cocktails, then enjoyed dinner and dancing to Raggs and his All-Star Swing Society in the ballroom.

The cultivated and casual crowd included event co-chairs Rosemary Eck and Laurie Russell; event committee members Sam Macfarlane, Nancy O'Donnell and Judith Stainrook; Michael Harrison, Baltimore Opera Company general director; Shirley Gerard, Gempro International VP and chief operating officer; Hugh Francis Hicks, director of the Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting; Larry Brocato, Rouse Co. VP; Karyl Lynn Zietz, opera critic; and Nancy and Tom Stuehler, La Fontaine Bleu co-owners.

The swinging social brought in $30,000 for the Baltimore Opera Company.

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