Around Town


November 18, 2001|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

How'd you like to see your face on five billboards around the Baltimore area? A couple of local folks just found out they'll get that honor come early spring as part of being named the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year. Some 250 society supporters showed up at the Evergreen Carriage House for its annual shindig last weekend to find out which of eight candidates had won the coveted titles that go to the two who have raised the most money for the society in the past year. This year, the contest produced more than $50,000 for the society, with the crowns going to Otterbeiner Lindsay Remington and Fells Pointian David Yantis.

But society executive director Sharon Yateman says there was also another great moment at the party. She says honorary chair Ravens' defensive back Rod Woodson, who is used to signing footballs to give to fans, this time was the one receiving the ball, signed by a bunch of the society's youth ambassadors, kids from 4 to 12 years old.

"His face just lit up," Sharon says, "he was very emotional, very touched."

Back to the billboards. If that's ever been a dream of yours, Sharon says, the society is already "recruiting" candidates for next year's contest. Hint, hint.

Meanwhile, the honoree at another fund-raiser got lots of laughs, but probably not quite how he expected to.

Dr. Michael Sullivan, the medical director for Mission of Mercy, apparently loves to tell jokes. Not very good jokes, as master of ceremonies Alan Christian informed guests at the organization's annual gala last weekend. Alan says he first talked about how Michael headed up a battlefield hospital in war-torn Bosnia, then returned to travel around the state in a mobile medical clinic treating Maryland's working poor. Michael's only failing, Alan concluded, was that he tells the worst jokes Alan has ever heard.

Alan says the good doctor only proved his point as he went to the podium armed with a box that he then informed his Baltimore Country Club audience was filled with props for his jokes. Sure enough, Alan declares, those jokes were just as bad as ever. However, Michael got the results he wanted. Alan says the 175 folks gathered were laughing so hard, they were crying, including Michael's wife, Mission of Mercy founder Dr. Gianna Talone-Sullivan.

The evening also gave everyone another reason to smile. It raised about $95,000 for Mission of Mercy.

Chalk up another success for the Raven Ball. Now in its eighth year, this annual do has turned into quite the place to be for 30-something singles. Marcy Sagel co-chairs the 1844 Committee, which throws the bash to benefit the Maryland Historical Society. She says there's no other event in Baltimore like it to give single professionals a chance to meet their peers in true gussied-up, black-tie style.

This year, some 300 guests -- about 80 percent of them unattached -- got together at the Center Club to mingle and mosh to the dance band Liquid Pleasure, raising $20,000 for MHS.

The Raven Ball is also a great chance to scope out what's hot in formal fashion. This year, Marcy says, she spotted lots of beautiful, elegant gowns. Short cocktail dresses weren't as popular. Other trends: five- and six-strand chokers, chunky bracelets, pointy-toe shoes, and still loads of strappy sandals sans stockings. Brrr.

Ladies, take note. After all, those holiday parties are right around the corner.

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