Gala for Annapolis Opera


April 29, 2001|By Sloane Brown

The attire at the Naval Academy's Officers and Faculty Club went far beyond mere dress whites. Costumed in brocades, silks, lace and pearls, many Annapolis folks came clothed as their favorite opera characters for the Annapolis Opera's Eighth Opera Gala. However, this chorus stuck strictly to conversation during the cocktail hour and left the singing to tenor Israel Lozano after dinner.

Among the crowd of 130 opera lovers: Melanie Teems, event chair; Bob and Marge Munkelt, Susan Casey, Suzanne Wooten and Sidsel Fox, event committee members; Anna Marie Gilmour, Annapolis Opera board president; Jean Jackson, incoming board president; Victoria Waidner, Sylvia Earl and Felix Rosario, board members; Chris Comer, Comcast Anne Arundel County government and public affairs director; Tom Quinn, LMC Properties Inc. president; Harry Gatanas, retired Army major general; Kit Schaefer, Office Solutions owner; Pete Latimer, Mellon Bank senior vice president; Dick Hegstrom, retired financial executive; Brenda Doetzer, Baltimore mezzo-soprano; Bruce Googins, Advanced Engineering and Research Associates vice president; Carol Cohen, Washington Hebrew Congregation Early Childhood Center director; David Stern, Stern Shoe Repair president; and Carole Cochran, Annapolis yoga instructor.

Talk about your high notes -- the party raised more than $12,000 for the Annapolis Opera.

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