Cystic Fibrosis


September 30, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

Who would've thought that some foam, a little tinsel and a cylinder or two could turn distinguished adults into a bunch of loons?

That's exactly what happened in the dinner tent at the Harbor Gala 2001, a fund-raiser for Cystic Fibrosis research, when those in attendance got their hands on the make-your-own-centerpiece kits on their assigned tables. Before long, men in tuxes and women in beaded gowns were standing on their tables stacking items into cardboard towers and shouting directions to those below. Glasses shattered, people fell, creations tumbled and servers scrambled to mop up the mess. In the background, the auctioneer collected bids in the thousands for donated items.

It was mayhem, and the 500 guests loved it.

In the crowd: Bruce Hoffman, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation president; E. Randolph Marriner, CFF past president and current chairman of its executive committee; Josie Schaeffer, CFF executive director; Dennis Castleman, Morton Creech, Lisa Hamburger, Marie Henderson and Bob Saunders, CFF vice presidents; Sandie Nagel, Sharon Nevins and Steven Rubin, Harbor Gala 2001 committee members; Doug Sansom, Comcast Cablevision vice president; Bill Struever, of Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse Inc.; Sandy Pagnotti, events production developer at P.W. Feats ; Tom Kuhn, vice president of marketing at the Phillips Group; E. Randolph Marriner, of Marriner Marketing Communications; and Edie Brown, Baltimore Arena public relations director.

The gala raised $210,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research.

FOR THE RECORD - The spelling of C. William Struever has been corrected for the archive database. See microfilm for original story.

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