Helping the O'Constellation


March 26, 2000|By Sloane Brown

What do the USS Constellation and St. Patrick's Day have in common? Ireland. In 1880, the sloop of war delivered food to Ireland -- relief supplies of potatoes and flour to those suffering from famine. You could read all about it at the Constellation's St. Patty's Day party at the Brass Elephant restaurant.

The relief supplied to the shindig's 154 guests was a tad more elaborate than 1880's -- a spread that included crab ravioli and beef tenderloin.

Mixing in the crowd: Chris Rowsom, director of the USS Constellation Museum; Gail Shawe, Constellation advisory board co-chair; Mary Sue McCarthy, Bill Gilmore and Beth Olson, advisory board members; Parker Rockefeller, senior vice president of the Living Classroom Foundation; Jack Elsby, Brass Elephant owner; Lynsie Hall, president of Wallis & Associates Inc.; Joan Murphy, Constellation shipwright; Cal Ocampo, Pride II engineer; Vince Piscopo, president of Perry Hall Insurance Brokers; and Bill Parks, director of business strategy for Northrup Grumman.

The get-together raised $10,600 for new cannons for the Constellation.

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