Safari for science


June 25, 2000|By Sloane Brown

Ever yearn for an African adventure? That's what 500 guests got to experience at this year's "Solstice," the Maryland Science Center gala.

With a party theme of "Caravans Across Africa," the Science Center was decked out in an African motif, while a tent pitched outside blazed with orange tablecloths and centerpieces of bamboo, raffia and orchids.

Exuberant African musicians and dancers greeted guests as they arrived. Later, griot Mary Carter Smith enthralled listeners with traditional African storytelling. Partygoers dined on African-inspired hors d'oeuvres and dinner, then danced the night away in a makeshift club festooned with leopard print, dubbed "The Spot."

Among those taking part in this Baltimore-based safari: Bill Crowley, event chair; Mike Waller, event vice chair; Tom Bozzuto, Maryland Science Center board chair; Dr. Ronald H. Fishbein, Saul Gilstein, Jacques Rubin and Greg Pinkard, board members; Greg Andorfer, Science Center executive director and CEO; Larry Walton, United Way of Central Maryland president; Carserlo Doyle, BGE vice president; Mark Kovinsky, chief financial officer for Ambulatory Pharmaceutical Services Inc.; Michael Karweit, Johns Hopkins University professor of engineering; Chris Garliss, Highpoint Homebuilders Inc. president; Kimberly Carter, teacher at Bright Beginnings; Connie Crabtree, Catering by Crabtree owner/chef; Bob Geis, partner with Venable; Wil Daniels, president of Daniels Ashton & Shinn; and Casey Newton, editor for Maryland State Teachers Association.

The party raised $180,000 for the Maryland Science Center.

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