AIDS Interfaith Residential Services


October 21, 2001|By Sloane Brown

Pick your favorite time in history. "Castle Rock at the Cloisters," the annual fundraiser for AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, offered several choices. The Middle Ages? The design of the building itself. The 1930s? The era the Brooklandville mini-castle was built. The 1950s? The classic American autos parked out front and the golden oldies played by the DJ inside.

Some 200 guests strolled from room to room, sampling a wondrous buffet and silent auction, or stepping outside to the garden, reveling in the autumn sunset -- all the while helping raise almost $53,000 for housing and supportive services for Baltimore area residents living with HIV / AIDS.

Among the nostalgically inclined: Elisabeth Craig, event chair; Greta Peoples, Charlie Browne, F.T. Burden, Bill McGee, John Roman and John Yuhanick, event committee members; Andrew Swanston, AIRS board president; John Peoples, Kara King Bess, The Rev. Eddie Blue and Jess Sube, AIRS board members; Kathy Abbott and Gary Pushkin, past event hosts; Walter Gomez, Gomez Gallery president; Dr. T. Scott Jenkins, University of Maryland Dental School orthodontist; Saul Jablon, Hunt Valley attorney; Coy Stout, PAREXEL project manager; Jon A. Kaplan, Baltimore area lifestyle and weight management consultant; Curt Decker, Washington disabilities lobbyist; Tom Hooper, Baltimore fundraising consultant; David Dziwulski, Belfort Instrument Co. assembler; Tina Samson, Mt. Vernon Pharmacy pharmacist; Steve Leaderman, Rockland Industries vice president; Tim Hopkins, State Farm Insurance agent; Rick Connor, The After-School Institute director of programming; Catherine Simmons, Oak Crest Village registered health information technician; and Judy Waranch, Townsend Capital vice president and general counsel.

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