Having a heart for the homeless


March 05, 2000|By SLOANE BROWN

Nothing like a little food and drink after working off a few calories on the dance floor -- especially if that floor is the Lyric Opera House stage and the dance is the high-flying footwork of "Riverdance" That's exactly what greeted many of the "Riverdance" performers and guests at a reception after a benefit performance for the House with a Heart Foundation.

Among the devoted fans mingling in the mezzanine: Lou Grasmick, founder of House with a Heart Foundation; Bob Miller, foundation board chair; Larry DeBaugh, Gary Dorsch, Ruth Heltne-Carlin, Jody Landers, Karen Nardone, Jim O'Conor and Cindy Wick, board members; Natalie Chabot, House with a Heart executive director; Tricia Slawinski, manager of governmental affairs for the Port of Baltimore; Pat Mitchell, IBM vice president; Marty Green, retired CEO of Stackhouse Inc.; Mike Neal, associate with Booz-Allen & Hamilton; Mac Barrett, vice president with McCormick & Co.; Dr. Hans Wilhelmsen, Baltimore plastic surgeon; and Lorna Imperial, a nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital.

The evening raised $50,000 for transitional programs providing service and shelter to Maryland's homeless families and individuals.

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