Sports Ball was a great bet


May 07, 2000|By Sloane Brown

The gleaming white tent rose from the center of Pimlico's infield like Camelot for the Family Tree's fifth annual Sports Ball. And if there was a royal couple of the evening, it was honorary chairs Margaret and Jim McKay, the legendary ABC-TV sports announcer.

With horse racing the evening's central theme, event committee members were dressed in racing silk colors, as was the interior of the tent itself with hot pink tablecloths and touches of black. Guests even had a chance to gamble on mock horse races at one end of the tent -- their "bets" going to the night's $300,000 raised for programs to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Included in this infield crowd of 500: Molly and Mayo Shattuck, event chairs; Sophie Dagenais Goetz, Debbie Greb, Judy Hoey, Carolyn O'Keefe and Georgia Stamas, event committee members; Pat Cronin, Family Tree executive director; John Hoey, board president; Tom McDonald, Joanne Rosenthal and Betsy Sherman, board members; the McKay's son and daughter, CBS Sports president Sean McManus and Lutherville licensed counselor Mary Guba; Matt DeVito, former chairman of the Rouse Co.; William Davis, retired Lucent Technologies manager; Susan Townsend, Relationship Enrichment Center director; Richard Barron, Deutsche Banc Alex Brown vice president; William C. Calhoun Sr., Trinity Baptist Church pastor; Reed Cordish, Cordish Co. vice president; Maria Portera, Odegard manager; Pace Kessenich, Sterling Venture Partners associate; and Ed Audy, Waverly Construction vice president.

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