Grant-A-Wish / Children's Promise

MARYLAND SCENE

January 14, 2001|By Sloane Brown

The house on Frederick Road had a downright neighborly feel as soon as you walked in the door. Casually clad folks greeted one another like old friends, as children chased through the rooms. Just the kind of house warming party you would expect of the Grant-A-Wish / The Children's Promise Foundation in its new Catonsville digs.

Among those welcoming visitors was founder and executive director Brian Morrison, who expressed his delight over the organization's new headquarters.

"If I ever had a wish," he explained, " it was to be in an environment where you could open the windows and step outside -- [a place that's] conducive to creativity."

Among the 275 well-wishers at the gathering: Dick McCready, foundation board president; Leo A. Hughes, Nancy Caplan, Barry J. Kronsberg, John Ryder and Kurt Schertle, foundation board members; Dr. Jim McPhillips, retired internist; Gail Thomas, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission program manager; Dan Ossing, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab systems engineer; Brenda Paton, Paradise Animal Hospital receptionist; Thomas McLamore, Maryland Aviation Administration contracting officer; Greg Bean, Cybergroup Inc. president; Dave Reymann, Aether Systems Inc. chief financial officer; John Bezold, Motorola Inc. account representative; Wayne Myers, Myers Consulting president; Brian Shepard, Tycom Ltd. manager; and Dr. Chris Murphy, Kent Island dentist.

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