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Benefits: Need a good reason to party this spring? How aboaut 29 good reasons?

April 06, 2000|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Spring is here! The birds are singing. The bulbs are blooming. And TV shows are going into reruns. Time to get out there and enjoy the season. Revel in the warmer temperatures. Do something with all that energy you've been storing up all winter long. Par-tay! (Translation: party hearty.)

That's what tons of Baltimore-area charities are hoping you'll feel like doing. In fact, they're counting on it.

Many nonprofit organizations see spring as a time when not just gardens can get greener, but bank balances can, too. If people need places to go and things to do to break free of winter, nonprofits will most happily provide a party.

The spring party season began revving up around the same time as the first forsythia bloomed -- mid-March. Right now, it's in full throttle. Weekends are packed with benefit bashes through mid-June.

So, where do you begin filling in your social calendar? Right here, with our rundown on 29 happening events this spring. The first is tomorrow.

April 7

"Luck Be a Lady." Benefits Johns Hopkins Breast Center. Cocktail attire. Fashion show by Octavia, casino gaming, cocktails, buffet dinner. Celebrity guests -- fashion designer Anne Bowen, Oksana Babiy (who plays Tony's mistress on "The Sopranos"). Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $125. Call 410-358-1500.

April 8

"A Black Masquerade Ball." Benefits youth programs at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. Historical costume, African attire or semi-formal. Costume contest, music, buffet dinner. The Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave. 8 p.m. Tickets $35. Call 410-563-3404 or 410-563-7809.

"Spring Thaw." Benefits Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland. Black-tie optional. Orioles player Mike Bordick and wife Monica are honorary co-chairs. Video horse racing, dancing, open bar, dinner buffet. Hall of Fame Room at Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-366-1980, Ext. 253.

"Salute to Hollywood" spring gala. Benefits Notre Dame Preparatory School. Black-tie optional. Celebrity look-alikes, cocktails, sit-down dinner. Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $150. Call 410-583-8797.

April 9

"Gourmet Chefs of Distinction." Benefits National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter. Informal. Buffet of more than 125 dishes, prepared by more than 125 men from the community. (You'll be on your feet a lot. Wear flat shoes!) Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road. 2 p.m. Tickets $25. Call 410-669-4974.

April 12

"Wine Arts Tasting." Benefits Baltimore's Festival of the Arts, which presents Artscape. Business attire. Sample 40 wines, buffet. The Cloisters, 10440 Falls Road. 6 p.m. Tickets $60 in advance, $75 at the door. Call 410-396-4575.

April 14

"Filming Maryland" preview party. Kickoff of exhibition on Maryland's film industry. Benefits Maryland Historical Society. Dress to impress. Two-tiered party at Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. "Silver Screen Party": heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, celebs such as Baltimore filmmaker John Waters, dancing. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $150. "Red Carpet Dance": dessert, open bar, dancing. 10 p.m. Tickets $65 in advance, $75 at the door. Call 410-685-3750, Ext. 321.

"Opening New Doors." Benefits Volunteers of America Chesapeake. Business attire. Cocktails, hands-on exhibits of Baltimore's history, dinner buffet, dancing. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. 7 p.m. Tickets $125. Call 800-646-2828, Ext. 239.

April 15

"Visions of Fun and Fitness." Benefits Maryland Society for Sight. Casual. Dancing, dinner buffet, vision screenings, free massages, Tae-Bo classes, access to gym facilities. Downtown Athletic Club, 210 E. Centre St. 7 p.m. Tickets $50, $30 for college students. Call 800-MSS-EYES or 410-243-2020.

"Hats Off to Walter!" Benefits Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Maryland Chapter. Black-tie, hats optional. Cocktails, sit-down dinner, dessert buffet, fashion show by Ruth Shaw, various VIPs walk the runway to tip their hats to guest of honor Walter Sondheim Jr. Fifth Regiment Armory, 29th Division St. 7 p.m. Tickets $250. Call 410-823-0073.

"Maryland Shock Trauma Gala." Benefits University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Black-tie. Cocktails, tour of a Maryland Medevac helicopter, sit-down dinner, dancing, "Heroes" award program to honor Emergency Medical Services providers and medical staff. Towson Center, Towson University, 8000 York Road. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $200. Call 410-328-6064.

April 27

"Maryland Film Festival Opening Night." Benefits Maryland Film Festival and film-preservation efforts. Fun and festive attire. Exclusive screening of yet-to-be-disclosed film, post-screening party, Maryland-theme buffet, celebrity guests. Screening at Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. Party at Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. 7 p.m. Call for opening-night ticket price. An all-access pass, which is $250, guarantees admission to opening night and all festival events. Call 410-752-8083.

April 28

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