If you're going to call your fund-raiser "Steamboat Landing 2001," it's a good idea to have both steamboat and landing on hand. Good thing this was the Baltimore Museum of Industry's annual shindig, because both were parked right outside the South Baltimore building.
"There are only two working steam tugboats in the entire U.S., one in California, and this one. It's a historic landmark," said museum volunteer coordinator Rob Williams, referring to the 1906 tug Baltimore tied up at the dock.
Inside the museum, the feel was more that of a Mississippi riverboat, with casino game tables along with a dance band to keep the party spirit chugging along.
Among the 650 "passengers" along for the ride: George Kirkley and Meg Fielding, event co-chairs; Karl F. Ballwanz III, Ron Bray, Bill Cermak and Barbara Patterson, event committee members; Ray Piechocki, museum board chair; Suzanne Wolff, Rich Baker, Ed Novak, Robert Patterson, Richard Davidson and Lou Kistner, board members; Bill Cole III, museum executive director; Mike Galiazzo, Regional Manufacturing Institute executive director; Bill Williamson, Verizon regulatory manager; Doc Hurley, Baltimore Development Corp. retired construction director; Jackie Melonas, Professional Risk Management Services Inc. vice president; Joanne Donohue, IBM business analyst; Croft Register, Express Marine Inc. barge operations manager; Brian Lash, Tate Engineering electrician; Ann Clair, Provident Bank of Maryland managing director; Jon Miller, JMT Engineers senior associate; Thomas Williams, Robert Clay Construction finisher; Al Marani, A.R. Marani Inc. president; Barry Brown, Baltimore area attorney; and Constance Purdum, Jensen, Hassani & Focas office manager.
The party raised some $65,000 for the Baltimore Museum of Industry.