Around Town


November 04, 2001|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

When it comes to Maryland's social whirl these days, think Looney Toons -- a la Tasmanian Devil. Spinning.

Literally, it turns out at "Act Out," the fall fund-raiser for the Baltimore School for the Arts. After a cocktail hour at the school, the 250 guests separated into five classes, learning how to perform a number from "A Chorus Line," tango, country line dance, or interpret stage movement.

And just to make folks feel even more foolish, some of the kids from the school (you know -- the ones who actually know what they're doing) took the classes with them. Next up: regrouping in the school's ballroom, to watch some of the classes perform what they had just attempted to learn.

"Everyone else is in the audience," party chair Sam Polakoff merrily explains, "laughing and pointing, and having a blast. ... It was fabulous."

Best of all, it looks like the School for the Arts scholarship programs added at least $8,000 to its coffers, thanks to the shindig.

"Fabulous" is also one of many glowing adjectives that immediately comes to the mind of Goucher College's Debra Rubino, concerning that school's big, big, big "International Celebrations" surrounding the inauguration of Goucher's new president, Sandy Ungar. Some 1,100 people turned out to take in a smorgasbord of food and entertainment at Goucher's Sports and Recreation Center. They entered through a tent that featured African drumming, and entered a room set up as a Bavarian village, complete with 3-D skyline on one wall, a German band, a klezmer group and polka dancing. Another room offered a Moroccan theme with belly dancers. And a third featured a Caribbean theme with more 3-D scenery, neon lights, a Latin band and dancers.

And that was only for starters. Folks capped off the festivities in the new gym, decked out in a USA swing theme. Music-wise, we're not talking John Philip Sousa. Rather, Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra.

Debra says just about everybody there got onto the dance floor, the new prez included.

"Sandy was out there dancing with the best of them," says Debra, "He was overwhelmed [by the reception] and having a wonderful time."

The mother-daughter theme was going strong at the Hadassah of Greater Baltimore's recent "Women of Distinction Gala." Makes sense, since Hadassah prides itself as being the largest Jewish, Zionist and women's organization in the country.

Event chair Clara Klein's mom, Sara Berger, kicked off the evening by leading the crowd of 175 in the national anthems of the United States and Israel.

The team of Audrey Levine and her 94-year-old mom, Flora Pearlstein, served their second year as honorary chairs. Among the other mother / daughter duos in the gathering were a couple of the honorees. The ever-fashionable Lainy LeBow-Sachs came with her equally chic offspring Carrie LeBow, and Toby Mower's daughter Robin flew in from Denver for the celebration, which raised funds for the emergency room center at Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital.

Social Calendar

Nov. 9: "Annual Oyster / Bull Roast and Silent Auction." Benefits Upton School sleepover camp for children with chronic health impairments and Upton School scholarship fund. Beer, cash bar, buffet dinner, DJ music, line dancing. The Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets $35. Call 410-396-0775.

Nov. 9: "Man & Woman of the Year -- Grand Finale Celebration." Benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, live music, dancing. Evergreen Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles St. 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets $85, $150 a couple. Call 410-825-2500.

Nov. 10: "2001 Raven Ball." Benefits Maryland Historical Society. Open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, cigar bar, live music, dancing. Center Club, 100 Light St. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets $110. Call 410-685-3750, Ext. 321.

Nov. 10: "Annual Gala Dinner." Benefits Mission of Mercy. Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live music, dancing, video presentation. Baltimore Country Club, 4712 Club Road. 6 p.m.- 11 p.m. Tickets $150. Call 301-447-3939 or 717-642-9062.

Nov. 11: "11th Anniversary Banquet." Benefits Yeshivat Rambam -- Maimonides Academy. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, live music, dinner, dedication of LeRoy and Rebecca Hoffberger Chair of Torah Study. Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road. 6:15 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets $150. Call 410-358-8419.

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