Rotary Club of Batimore

MARYLAND SCENE

January 20, 2002|By Sloane Brown

Moderation? Never. Not at the Rotary Club of Baltimore's 84th annual oyster roast. As the more than 2,600 guests poured into the 5th Regiment Armory, they were greeted by an overabundance of ... everything. Along one wall, shuckers rapidly prepared oysters for waiting lines. Another wall featured a row of carvers slicing up pit beef. Then there were the buffet tables heaped with mounds of potato, pasta and fruit salads, oyster stew, mashed potatoes, sauerbraten, mac and cheese, barbecue pork, Italian sausage and fried oysters. Happy eaters were lugging buckets of soda or beer back to their tables, to help wash down their feast.

The center of the big hall was buzzing with another activity: game wheels. You had the liquor wheel, the power tool wheel, and let's not forget the ever-popular bacon wheel, where winners came away with a 10-pound slab of bacon.

"We make more money on that wheel," noted event chair Howard Weisberg, "I had one woman tell me it's the best bacon money can buy."

Among those enjoying the afternoon of overindulgence: Michael Greenberg, event co-chair; Bob DeLisle, Rotary Club of Baltimore board president; Art Tate, Danny Bands, John Rausch, Delbert L. Adams, Lou Hargrave, Suzanne St. Pellicier, Bill Schneidereith, Mike Daney and Ed McLaughlin, board members; Roland Emokpae, Ronless president / CEO; Mike Lippy, James Posey Associates engineer, Neal Kitt, CS&D Inc. architect; Ana Kauffman, Liberty Christian School Spanish teacher; Ron Jones, Merritt Properties construction superintendent; Ron Wasserman, Curtis Engine vice president; Mike Holmes, Maryland Surety Services insurance agent; Dawn Scherzo, HBW Insurance Group customer service representative; Bernie Vondersmith, MCA of MD Inc. executive vice president; Debbie Saravullo, Columbia Bank assistant vice president; Jay Perry, A.J. Perry & Co. president / CEO; and Danney Clark, Smurfit-Stone Corp. press operator.

The shindig raised about $58,000 for Rotary Club of Baltimore.

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