Heartfelt benefit


February 06, 2000|By Sloane Brown

Night turned into Day-Oh ... when Harry Belafonte broke into song at HeartFest 2000. The King of Calypso wowed a crowd of 1,600 at the Martin's West shindig -- sharing the night's honors with his longtime friend and renowned Johns Hopkins cardiac surgeon, Dr. Levi Watkins Jr.

Belafonte's two-song concert (the other song, his classic "Matilda") topped off a heartfelt, and heart-healthy, evening. The partygoers dined on low-fat offerings from area restaurants and caterers, and danced to music by Stevie V. and the Heart Attackers, a group of doctors and health-care specialists from Hopkins and Howard County General Hospital.

Enjoying the party: Dr. Roger Blumenthal and Ed Speno, event chairs; Alan Zukerberg, corporate chair; Carol Hawtoff, ticket chair; Taylor Branch, Baltimore author; Lori Pinson, WBFF-TV meteorologist; David Townsend, Townsend Capital vice president; Jonathan Bryce, Baltimore-based actor; Dr. David Meyerson, Hopkins cardiologist; and Mary Carroll Alderman, owner of the store Panache.

HeartFest raised about $80,000 for the prevention and treatment of heart disease at the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center.

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