Gay and Lesbian Cinderella Ball


April 22, 2001|By Sloane Brown

A large "glass slipper" carved in ice stood in the center of the Baltimore Hilton ballroom, encircled by a series of casino games. On one wall, a dinner buffet offered a regal banquet. Against another, the backdrop of a castle, in front of which sat a throne. After all, this was the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore's "Cinderella Ball" -- the throne providing a perfect photo op for any aspiring royalty.

As far as Prince Charming went -- "You have to supply your own," quipped party co-chair Richard Oloizia.

Among the 200 courtiers: Lenny Stem, event chair; Tim Hurley, GLCCB board chair; Paul Algire, Barry Goodman and Refik Agri, board members; Michael B. Linnemann, GLCCB center coordinator; Paula Langguth Ryan, Prosperity Books & Seminars president; Michael Reese, Michael Reese @ The Penthouse owner; Dave Durrell, Baltimore area singer / songwriter; Morris Murray, Pimlico Race Course parimutuel teller; Steve Buettner, Maryland Department of Education professional developer; Thomas Frank Toth, retired pilot; Larry Esser, BWI pilot / flight instructor; Ernest Pressey, Citibank USA research analyst; Linda Damesyn, Maryland Occupational Safety & Health safety inspector; Walter Gomez, Gomez Gallery president; Therese Szymanski, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force foundation gifts manager; John L. Brady III, JLB Contracting Inc. owner; Kevin Thomas, General Motors Broening Highway supervisor; Lee Dorman, Mortgages LLC member; Bill Poffel, Rooted in Wood owner; and Bruce Hornstein, retired veterinarian.

The royal party raised at least $3,000 for GLCCB.

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