Neighbors at work


June 18, 2000|By Sloane Brown

The invitation for "Baltimore's Bubblin'," the Citizens Planning and Housing Association's annual Neighborhood Nosh, called for "construction site chic." That described not only how guests were dressed but also the party site itself -- Tide Point, the old Procter & Gamble factory, which is being transformed into a high-tech business center.

About 300 folks socialized around sawhorses and 2-by-4s festooned with yellow caution tape and bunches of balloons. The guests sipped champagne, while machine-made bubbles floated in the air.

Co-chairs Caroline Moore, Carolyn O'Keefe and Helen Szablya supervised the shindig, which included: Ava Lias-Booker, CPHA board president; Peter Behringer, Joe McNeely, Ruth Wolf Rehfeld and Michael Sullivan, board members; Bill Struever, president of Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse; Pat Payne, Baltimore commissioner of housing; Gail Sanders, Allfirst Bank senior vice president; Chuck Fitzgibbon, Shandwick International executive vice president; Bill MacIntosh, president of Sail Baltimore; Rick Lias, WJZ-TV news producer; Julie Mercer, Columbia Consulting Group executive recruiter; Dennis Dunn, senior design manager with the Rouse Co.; Pat Massey, Clipper Ship Properties president; and Linda West, deputy communications director with Maryland department of business and economic development.

The bubbly blowout raised $40,000 for CPHA citizen action programs.

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