Warm welcome at Fire Ball


February 27, 2000|By Sloane Brown

How could a party called the Fire Ball be anything but warm? First, guests were greeted at the Engineers Club door by club prez Bob Leach and event chair Cliff Wallace. Then, they stepped inside the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion to a swirl of 450 friendly faces.

In the congenial group: Randi Dutch, Engineers Club executive director; Bill Boland, club past president; Wendell Leimbach and Gary Johnson, club board members; Dennis Reitz, John Prusak, Mike Lippy and Frances Hamilton, event committee members; Bruce Votta, president of Spears/Votta & Associates Inc.; Steve Groenke, senior sales engineer of the Trane Co.; Baltimore Fire Chief Herman Williams Jr.; Mary Anne Perry, WLIF-FM radio personality; G. Edward Lee, a business manager for Bristol Myers-Squibb; Rita Steiner, director of records for Loyola College; Raymond Glover, vice president of Southern Mechanical Inc.; and Jennifer Leach, engineer for BR+A Consulting Engineers Inc.

The Fire Ball commemorates how the Engineers Club helped to rebuild Baltimore after the Great Fire of 1904. This year's blazing bash raised $25,000 to help preserve and restore the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion.

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