Volunteer Lawyers 20th birthday


April 01, 2001|By Sloane Brown

The 20th anniversary celebration for Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service could best be described as an evening of "oohs" and "aahs." Sure, that dinner buffet at the National Aquarium looked scrumptious, and those honored for their service to the organization deserved that hearty applause. But the evening's big exclamations came from the 200 partygoers as they got an advance peek at the aquarium's new seahorse exhibit.

Guests gasped as they gazed at the tiny creatures -- some delicately wrapping their tails around coral branches, others dancing in rows like free-floating sea grasses, and still others that looked like mutated twists of oak leaves capped by mini-horse heads.

"If you saw these in a movie, you wouldn't believe it," author Jim Gabler observed of the Leafy Sea Dragons.

Among those in this seahorse-admiring bunch: Jeanette Cole, event chair; Lou Hargrave, Neal D. Borden, Bob Brennen, Bill Hylton Jr., Kai Jackson, Pete Saucier and Gloria Warren, event committee members; Bonnie Butler, MVLS board president; Michael Brown, Ken Hornstein and Steve Silverman, board members; Winnie Borden, MVLS executive director; Neil Meyerhoff, Baltimore area photographer; Rebecca Peres, Towson psychotherapist; Steve Scott, Investment Counselors of Maryland president; Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr., Legal Aid executive director; Gilbert Holmes, University of Baltimore Law School incoming dean; Dave Pittenger, National Aquarium executive director; Dick Bennett, Miles & Stockbridge partner; Marty Brunk, American Express managing director; Monica Hazners, Ernst & Young financial management associate; John Baldwin, Ober / Kaler CEO / chairman; Sheila K. Sachs, Gordon Feinblatt partner; Bob Rhudy, Maryland Legal Services Corp. executive director; and Twig George, Baltimore author.

The party raised more than $34,000 for MVLS programs and services.

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