Benefit to be held for homeless center


March 28, 2001|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

JIM FOUSE HAD a dream, but before the Severn resident could see it come to fruition, he died of a heart attack at age 54. The Fouse Center named in his memory stands in testimony to a man who believed that homeless men deserve a second chance.

The center, in Glen Burnie near the state Motor Vehicle Administration headquarters, provides a transitional, homelike environment for homeless men. It houses 10 men at a time for six to eight months.

The staff offers help in areas including education, life skills and employment. The goal is to help the men become independent and return to mainstream society.

Branches of Faith, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for community groups, will present a fashion show and dinner benefit for the center from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at La Fontaine Bleu.

Adult fashions from retailers including Johns New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and Catherine's Plus Size will be featured, with shoes provided by Nine West.

Tickets are $38.

The menu will include boneless chicken breast, strawberry shortcake and drinks.

Entertainment will be provided by vocalist Nacoe Brown, owner of Shekinah's Place, a gospel dinner theater in Baltimore.

The Rev. Lonnie Davis Sr., founder of the Baltimore homeless shelter I CAN Inc., in the 2200 block of Greenmount Ave., will speak.

Tickets: Mitzi McNeill, 410-969-3950 (work 410-551-7722).

Prom preview

A night that's supposed to be about having a good time is preceded by weeks of angst. The prom season is almost on us. Glen Burnie High's prom is set for May 18 at Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore.

Let the preparations begin.

To that end, Marley Station Mall will present its second prom fashion show at 7 p.m. Friday in its center court.

The free show will feature the season's newest fashions, worn by members of the Model Teen program. The mall's program for high school students includes training seminars and service-oriented volunteer work, along with the occasional fashion show.

This year's line will feature pastel fabrics, full skirts, subtle beading and spaghetti straps for the girls. The boys will be wearing tuxedos by designers Tommy Hilfiger and FuBu.

"For many teens, the most momentous decision of the season is deciding on a date for the evening, and obviously we can't help with that," says Melissa Teague, Marley Station marketing director. "But we can help with the next biggest dilemma: what to wear."

Information: 410-766-2033.

Toastmaster contest

The Glen Burnie Toastmasters Club will sponsor a regional Speech and Table Topic Contest at 7 p.m. tomorrow at North County Area Library.

A $2 refreshment fee will be charged.

The competition will feature five speakers from clubs in Toastmasters Area 33 in Glen Burnie and Pasadena. Each speaker has won at the club level.

The public is invited to attend and find out more about Toastmasters. The international club helps people to become public speakers through training and support.

Information: 410-761-4361 or 410-255-6893.

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