At this event no one looked at shoes


April 23, 2000|By Sloane Brown

The 5th Regiment Armory was filled to the brim with hats. There were hats -- created by local artists and students -- on the silent auction table and as centerpieces on every dining table for "Hats Off to Walter," a gala to benefit the Maryland chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

There also was the headgear of about 30 local VIPs, who walked down a runway to tip their hats to guest-of-honor Walter Sondheim Jr., longtime Maryland education leader and Baltimore booster.

State Superintendent of Schools and event co-chair Nancy Grasmick led the parade in a flowery bonnet, escorted by party co-chair and hubby, Lou Grasmick. Crown Petroleum CEO Henry Rosenberg Jr. moseyed down the stretch in a cowboy hat. And Bill Jews, president/CEO of CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield, was arresting in a Canadian Mounties chapeau.

Among the 500 guests enjoying the event (and fashion show sponsored by Ruth Shaw, which preceded it): Edie Brown, Joyce Baker, Lainy Lebow-Sachs, Sally Michel, Amy Newhall, Stephen Tancibok and Carole Sibel, event committee members; Terry Neimeyer, board chair, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Maryland chapter; Donald G. Gifford, Margaret Conn Himmelfarb and Kevin M. Nolan, board members; Janet Rosen, executive director; Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Maryland chapter; Bob Embry, Abell Foundation president; Jackie Hrabowski, vice president at T. Rowe Price; Jim Heerwangen, partner at Bridge Partners; Allan Malester, partner at Gordon, Feinblatt; Louis Pinkney, MTA administrator; Helene Penn, owner of Penn Pontiac GMC; and Stuart Crook, Baltimore area CPA.

The heady affair raised about $250,000 for JDF.

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