B&O Railroad Museum


October 07, 2001|By Sloane Brown

The waitresses wore whiskers as they served hors d'oeuvres, and a couple of actresses in cat costumes wandered through the formally dressed throng inside the B&O Railroad Museum's roundhouse. The gala's title -- "All Aboard for a Purr-fect Evening" -- was taken from a 1956 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway calendar illustration. As far as most of the 200 guests were concerned, no excuse was needed to come support one of their favorite Baltimore institutions.

"This is one of the greatest museums in America," commented guest George Wills. "We used to bring the kids here when they were young, turn them loose, then go around and collect them a couple of hours later."

Among the adults turned loose this evening: John and Marlene Scheich, event co-chairs; Hays T. Watkins, CSX Transportation chairman emeritus and event honoree; Jim Brady, B&O Railroad Museum board chair; Richard L. Leatherwood, Francis X. Smyth, George Cormeny, William R. Smith, Greg Farno, Eleanor Abell Owen and Walter Schamu, board members; Courtney Wilson, museum director; Walter Sondheim, Greater Baltimore Committee senior adviser; Scott Hargest, Corporate Printing Solutions president; Beth Cole, Great West Life national accounts sales manager; Hamed Faridi, McCormick & Co. vice president; Richard Edgar, Maryland / Virginia real estate developer; Amy Shimp, Stewart Enterprises director; Harish Thaker, Century Engineering vice president; Emried Cole, Venable partner; Ed Latchford, Argus Consulting CEO; and Marianne Fishler, SunTrust Bank vice president.

The gala raised about $40,000 for the B&O Railroad Museum.

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