A smorgasbord of food and entertainment awaited attendees at "Stars 2000," Associated Black Charities' annual fund-raising gala. As guests arrived at the Columbus Center, they were serenaded by St. Veronica's Youth Steel Orchestra.
Inside, the possibilities were endless -- soul food and soul music, pasta and progressive jazz, fricassee chicken and funk; Cajun London broil and casino games; and candied sweet potatoes and comedy.
The guest list of 1,450 also was extensive, including: Otis Warren, Katie O'Malley and M.W. Shelton Redden, event co-chairs; Jerome Stephens and Charles Tildon, event committee members; Marilyn D. Maultsby, Associated Black Charities board chair; Victor March, board first vice chair; Kenneth R. Banks and Harold D. Williams, board members; Donna Jones Stanley, Associated Black Charities executive director; Dr. Robert Draper, Johns Hopkins orthopedic surgeon; Ed Giannasca, L.I. Square Corp. president and CEO; Alison Lane, Baltimore-area attorney; Ray Haysbert Sr., president of the Forum Caterers; Steve Eisner, Eisner Communications president and CEO; Kenneth N. Harris Sr., Comcast director of government and public affairs; Michael Gaines, Harborplace and the Gallery vice president and general manager; Carol Payne, Housing and Urban Development community builder fellow; Toni Bedford, receptionist for Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association; and P.J. Gouldmann, chair of Greater Baltimore HIV Health Services Planning Council.
The gala garnered more than $200,000 for Associated Black Charities programs.