Kidney Foundation


November 04, 2001|By Sloane Brown

When you find daisy rings, daisy bracelets and peace signs scattered across your mod-colored dinner table, you know you're at some groovy happening, man. The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland's 16th annual "Gift of Life Gala" was right on. After all, the evening's highlight was a performance by "1964" The Tribute, a band that simulates the Beatles.

Mingling among this in-crowd of 420: Mindy and Steve Geppi, event chairs; Cindy and Jonathan Hazman, event co-chairs; Walter Sondheim Jr., corporate honorary chair; Marlene Manfra, Richard Pretl and Rosie Weiner, event committee members; Dr. William L. Henrich and Pearl Lewis, event honorees; Larry Berger, National Kidney Foundation of Maryland board president; Zeke Ayele, D. Stuart Bowers, Michael H. Jessup Jr. and Dr. Edward S. Kraus, board members; Raquel McGuire, foundation executive director; Aleta Powell, Fund for Education Excellence development director; Curtis Spriggs, RMS Lifeline intervention technologist; Lori Pinson, WBFF-TV meteorologist; Dr. David Spector, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center nephrologist; Dr. Hamid Rabb, medical director of Johns Hopkins Hospital kidney and pancreas transplants; Dr. Ligia Peralta, University of Maryland pediatrics associate professor; Vic Broccolino, Howard County General Hospital president / CEO; Mike Ciatti, King & Spalding attorney; Richard Lorenzet, Northrop Grumman contracts manager; and Julie Ward, Fujisawa Healthcare senior products specialist.

The shindig raised about $150,000 for the Kidney Foundation. Dig it.

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