A generous day and Knight

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April 09, 2000|By Sloane Brown

A post-dinner performance by Gladys Knight may have been the high point of LifeBridge Health's "The Magic of Life" gala, but the Towson Center opening reception was abuzz with news about the Motown legend.

"She's one of the warmest entertainers I've ever met," said LifeBridge board member Joe Cooper, after telling of the hours Knight spent that day visiting children and adult patients in Sinai Hospital's oncology units. In fact, Cooper said, the singer stayed with the patients so long, she missed her own rehearsal.

Gladys Knight and the gala proved a perfect pairing -- both radiated glamour and the spirit of giving.

Adding to the razzle-dazzle: Carole and Hanan Sibel, and Susan and Jon Levinson, event co-chairs; Michael Dopkin, honorary chair; Warren Green, president and CEO of LifeBridge Health; Neil Meltzer, Sinai Hospital president; Lois and Alvin Lapides, benefactors of the Alvin and Lois Lapides Cancer Institute at Sinai; June Matthews, director of client relations at Wolpoff & Abramson; Barry Garber, managing director at DB Alex Brown; Bernie Siegel, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation president; David Nevins, president of Nevins & Associates; Jeffrey Franz, president of Watermark Press; Melissa Myers, president of Circa Farms; Stephen Tancibok, buyer at Ruth Shaw; and John Braun, owner, Baltimore Freeport Center.

There also was another high point (and we do mean high) during the evening -- $700,000 raised for LifeBridge Health cancer programs.

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