TurnAround festivities


March 11, 2001|By Sloane Brown

The mammoth ballroom at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel teemed with 850 guests gathered for Steppin' Out to the Rhythm and Blues -- TurnAround Inc.'s annual fund-raiser. A bar in the center of the room supplied drinks, while food stations scattered around the cavernous room offered specialties of the house from 50 area restaurants and caterers, with space left over on the dance floor to boogie to blues and Motown tunes. And, let's not forget that Mercedes and Harley Davidson motorcycle -- both parked in the middle of the room -- each up for grabs in raffles.

There was no way not to eat, drink and be merry, especially for TurnAround Inc. with the wingding raising $140,000 for services for victims of sexual assault, abuse and domestic violence.

Spotted in the throng: Heidi Slacum, event chair; Claudia Grimm, Sue Layton, Lori Levinson, Ellensue Levinson-Jeffers, Andrea McDonald, Barbara Little, Sandy Unitas and Lynda Zukerberg, event committee members; Sue Guben, TurnAround board president; Randy E. Rager, Lee Kasten, Carol Leonard-Moscardi and Carol Mettam, board members; Kendel Ehrlich, advisory board member; Leslie Kayne, TurnAround executive director; Cindi Mather, event honoree; Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colt Hall of Famer; Bill Fine, WBAL TV president / general manager; Doug Strouse, Global Data Source president; Jim Hamilos, M.P. Industrial Coatings president; John Unitas Jr., Johnny Unitas Realty owner; Eva Stevenson-Thornton and Desiree Hall, Baltimore social workers; Melissa Realo, T. Rowe Price production manager; Jim Wilkerson, Smarteam Communications manager; Paul Wolman, P.W. Feats president / CEO; Rosemarie Johnson, Akzo Nobel medical sales representative; Mary Carol Alderman, Panache owner; Bob Bouse, Anderson Coe and King senior partner; Althea Handy and Michelle Grunwell, Baltimore assistant state's attorneys; and Don Steinhice, Baltimore sex offense unit investigator.

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