Make -A-Wish Star Ball


April 08, 2001|By Sloane Brown

The Marriott Waterfront glittered with the satin and jewels decorating many of the 350 guests at the fifth annual Make-A-Wish Star Ball. The partygoers greeted one another in the expansive hall outside the ballroom while enjoying cocktails, perusing items in the silent auction and congratulating 17-year-old Eric Dunning Jr., who had his wish granted by the organization this year when he was sent to the Super Bowl.

Inside the ballroom, dinner and a dance band waited.

Among the happy throng: Cory and Guy D. Phelan, event chairs; Gina Gracie, Lauren Knott, Kara and W. Bradley Bennett, Jennifer and Paul McKinnell, Sally Ross, Finley and Brian Weatherford, event committee members; Ralph A. Nappi Jr., Make-A-Wish of the Mid-Atlantic Inc. president / CEO; Annette Paterakis, past event chair; Bill Knott, First Union Bank president; David Wilson, O'Conor Piper & Flynn ERA associate broker; Charles Rieling, SunTrust Bank vice president; Kirby Smith, Morgan Stanley senior vice president; Paul Winicke, Radcliffe Jewelers CEO; Joya Shepard, General Motors Broening High-way personnel director; Jason Dykstra, Catonsville High School assistant principal; Rodney Hill, T. Rowe Price account executive; Jessica Abramowitz, Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice juvenile counselor; and Brian Hartman, Caribbean Products president.

The gala raised about $80,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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