Arthritis Foundation's ball


February 10, 2002|By Sloane Brown

Patriotism prevailed at the 16th annual "Mad Hatters Ball" of the Arthritis Foundation's Maryland Chapter. Many of the 200 guests at Ruxton's L'Hirondelle Club wore hats decorated with U.S. flags, though there were some notable exceptions.

Liz Drumgoole displayed a bonnet with a 3-foot cascade of netting and Maryland-themed bric-a-brac.

Keith Willett balanced a two-tiered purple and emerald sombrero decked out in Mardi Gras goodies like coins, beads and feathers.

"He's a little bit country, and I'm a little bit rock 'n' roll," said Beth Gotjen as she explained the decorated cowboy hat atop date Todd Crawford, and the embellished fedora she was wearing.

Meanwhile, Dottie and Rick Hyman continued their Mad Hatters' tradition -- now in its third year -- of dressing as Alice In Wonderland and her friend, the Mad Hatter.

Among the 200 guests at this "tea party": Maureen Jones and Toni Guckert, event co-chairs; Sharon Maben, Claudenia Burgemeister, Christy Sloan, Barbara Brand, Kathy Burleson, Joy Strouse, Sheri Miller-Leonetti, Patty Farley and Barbara Morris, event committee members; Cile Perich, Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter, board chair; Jane Buehner, Jim Kenney, Ron Berzofsky and Leo Knighton, board members; Jan Thompson, Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter, president; Paula Hathaway, Waist Not Want Not owner; Martha McDorman, community volunteer; Ellen Hubbard, Bank of America project manager; Richard DeFelice, Harris Corp. engineering manager; Susan Sunderland, Sunderland Interiors owner; Kim Manfredi, Twin Diamond Studios owner; Tom Van Vleck, Scientist Network Associates research scientist; Gilbert Marsiglia, Gilbert D. Marsiglia Realtors president; Walt Petrie, Petrie Ventures chairman; Joan Insley, Riibner & Associates administrative assistant; and Vince Clews, Baltimore script writer.

The shindig raised more than $36,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.

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