The Associated draws a crowd downtown


March 25, 2001|By SLOANE BROWN

The mezzanine and ballroom at the Sheraton Inner Harbor served as the proverbial packed house for the "Downtown Event." The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore organizes the annual do - this year featuring keynote speaker Andrea Mitchell, NBC News' chief foreign affairs correspondent.

"I'm stunned," proclaimed event chair Lainy Lebow-Sachs, "900 people [together] on a Wednesday night. It's the largest gathering we've ever had."

Among the throng: Lynn Abeshouse, event co-chair; Michael Lapides, Edward Hord, Elizabeth Minkin, Mark Neumann, Todd Sibel and Joel Simon, event committee members; Darrell Friedman, Associated president; Marc Terrill, Associated executive vice president; Annette Cooper, Associated Women's Department president; Ben Greenwald, Arrow Parking owner; Jon Levinson, Alex Cooper Auctioneers executive vice president; Emily Heath, Heath Design Group CEO; Keith Haynes, Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos attorney; Alli Russel, R&H Motors president; Michael Bronfein, Sterling Venture Partners managing partner; Sam Kahan, Ansam Metals Corp. president/CEO; J.M. Schapiro, Continental Realty vice president; Martha Weiman, Drapery Contractors, Inc. vice president; Carole Fradkin, O'Conor Piper & Flynn Realtor; Marcy Kolodny, Dyslexia Tutoring Program executive director; Alvin Katz, KAWG&F C.P.A.'s and Consulting managing director; David Paulson, Corridor Commercial Real Estate principal; and Philip Sachs, Legg Mason Asset Management managing director.

While Mitchell provided plenty of behind-the-scenes anecdotes, one of the best happened after her speech. One audience member reminded Mitchell about Camp Sun Mountain in the Poconos, where she spent her childhood summers.

"Do you know [my old counselor] Beverly?" Mitchell queried.

"I am Beverly," replied Beverly Freeland, now a Baltimore City assistant public defender, as she presented her former camper with a 40 year old photo of her and her old campers.

"Beverly was so glamorous," Mitchell explained to the group, "I looked up to her."

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