Fat Tuesday is still months away. But the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland got an early start with a Mardi Gras theme for its 14th annual Gift of Life Gala. Mask and bead centerpieces spilled over metallic tablecloths in the Hyatt Regency Hotel ballroom. But the 490 party-goers were the most elaborately decorated, courtesy of a body-painting artist.
Reveling in the razzle-dazzle: Marlene Manfra and Dr. Ian and Rosemary Weiner, event co-chairs; Drs. Gary and Martha Hill, honorees; Tim Craig, foundation board president; Dick Pretl, Mary Murphy, Chris Rachuba, Mindy Stout, Zeke Ayele and Jon Hazman, board members; Dr. Kevin A. Rossiter, medical advisory board chair; Rachel McGuire, foundation executive director; Larry Snyder, president of Valley Lighting; Stanley Levinson, owner of Sol Levinson & Bros.; Gordon Smith, a plumber with Providence Contractors; Rick Pineau, president of Roofers Inc.; and Dr. Matthew Weir, head of nephrology, University of Maryland School of Medicine.