OK, so maybe the Maryland ACC loss was a bit of a downer at Party Gras -- the spring gala for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Maryland Chapter. But there were so many highpoints at the hoopla that the pain quickly subsided.
There was the dedication of a new diabetes-awareness U.S. postal stamp, which claimed Baltimorean -- and JDRF international board member -- Margaret Himmelfarb as one of its staunchest supporters. There was the Labrador puppy offered at the live auction and the lavish floor show by the New York troupe Le Masquerade.
Among the 300 folks enjoying the evening's fun and game: Jerry Oppel, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Maryland Chapter board president; Barbara Manekin Spodak and Adrian Harpool, JDRF board members; Janet Rosen, JDRF executive director; Gail Shaivitz, Western Maryland College gift planning director; Steve Sachs, counsel to Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering; Morton Fisher, Ballard Spahr Baltimore office managing partner; Michael S. King, Boyd King Electronics owner; Wanda Clancy, Calverton School board president; Ann Fisher, Ann Fisher appraisals president; Karin Berardo, MuniMae vice president; Drew Giordano, Community College of Baltimore County adult fitness instructor; Kelvin Mack, Baltimore Post Office officer in charge; Mike Klag, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine interim director of medicine; Bridget Deloatch, Pointe Technology software tester; Abram Outlaw, Laurel periodontal therapist; and Gary R. Maslan, Maslan, Maslan & Rothwell president.
The marvy Party Gras raised more than $200,000 for JDRF.