There were lawyers, judges and representatives from a number of family advocacy groups, but this wasn't your garden variety legal proceeding. No, this get-together was your garden party variety -- as in the annual Spring Lawn Party and Silent Auction for Alternative Directions, Inc.
A casual, inviting atmosphere permeated the gardens surrounding the Towson home of Mary Joel Davis, Alternative Directions' executive director. Some of the 220 guests brought their home-cooked specialties, such as crab dip and sweet potato pie, creating an almost-endless buffet and giving the event a real family feel.
The crowd included: Sister Margaret Beatty, Alternative Directions board chair; Lamont W. Flanagan, Electra K. Lambert, Lynda Meade, Elizabeth Julian and Natalie H. Rees, board members; Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr., Rachael Wohl and Judge Roger W. Brown, event honorees; Sister Mary Christopher, volunteer at Mount St. Helens Theological Center for Women; Cristina Gutierrez, Baltimore criminal attorney; Gil Brungardt, retired dean of Towson University's College of Fine Arts and Communication; Carol Rozencwaig, Family Building Center director; and Prenettie Blanton, director of the Substance Abuse Division of Pretrial Detention Services for Baltimore City.
The garden party raised $7,000 for Alternative Directions' programs helping indigent individuals in uncontested family law matters.