House with a Heart evening

MARYLAND SCENE

April 15, 2001|By Sloane Brown

It may have been House with a Heart Foundation's birthday, but at its 10th anniversary gala, it was honoree Cardinal William H. Keeler who received a unique present: a carved ostrich egg, which inside contained a miniature replica of the Basilica of the Assumption. The gift was created and presented by Maryland egg artist Mitzi Perdue.

That was just the beginning of an evening filled with tributes to the Roman Catholic archbishop as 650 guests gathered at Martin's West to honor him and to raise $230,000 for the foundation, which aids the homeless.

Scattered among the crowd: Lou Grasmick, House with a Heart Foundation founder; Larry DeBaugh, House with a Heart board president; Steve Geppi and Allen Lloyd, board members; Amy Mickolite, foundation executive director; Melanie Panos Ortel, Robert Lancelotta and Wayne Resnick, event committee members; Frank Perdue, Perdue Foods executive committee chair; Wil Sirota, Piper Marbury partner; J. Scott Wilfong, SunTrust Bank president / CEO; Bruce M. Carlin, Rasmussen-Whiteford associate; Suzanne Giannasca, L.I. Square special project coordinator; Jason Cooke, Harkins Builders superintendent; Sam LaMantia, Ed Block Courage Awards CEO; Hal Smith, Catholic Charities director; Jimmy Vitale, Vitale Investments president; George Panos, Thornhill Properties president; Peter Fillat, Peter Fillat Architects principal; Terry Bolling, Bank of America spokesperson; Bob Latshaw, Latshaw Associates president; and Mary Angela Smith, Dunloggin Middle School teacher.

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