Center for Poverty Solutions Is there such a thing as...


February 17, 2002|By Sloane Brown

Center for Poverty Solutions

Is there such a thing as too much chocolate? Some 740 folks filled the North Club Level Lounge at Ravens Stadium for the Center of Poverty Solutions' annual shindig to find out. With more than 40 local restaurants and caterers offering a surfeit of chocolate delights, the 11th annual Chocolate Affair 2002 was the ultimate test for a true chocoholic to explore his or her personal chocolate limits. You could start with rich chocolate truffles, then move on to white chocolate popcorn, citrus chicken with chocolate, chocolate-covered pretzels, sauteed pork tenderloin in chocolate mole sauce - maybe capping it all off with chocolate-covered pepper jack cheese before taking a breather with some hot malted chocolate.

Spotted in the satiated throng: Kim Bray and Harriett Goldberg, event chairs; Jack Elsby, Alison Attman-Goodwich, Gail Heagerty, Holly Joyce, Anne Levine, Lucie Regrut and Caryn Sagal, event committee members; Howard Weiss, Center for Poverty Solutions board chair; Pam Malester, Debbie Attman, Greg Gann, Linda Jones, Stephen Woerner and Harriett Goldman, board members; Alma Roberts, Center for Poverty Solutions president/CEO; Buzz Greenwood, Greenwood Remarketing Corp. president; Harvey Goldberg, Tech International chairman; Roger Worrell, City Cafe general manager; Bob Groth, Flying Fruit Fantasy founder-owner; Sylvia Gray, Fed-Ex Stadium professional cleaner; Dr. Jane Halpern, Towson University health services director; Jim Pettit, Penza Associates architect; Maxine Wright, Comcast public affairs assistant; Tom Maze, Polaris Consulting president; Chris Morfessis, 21st Century Group new media director; Vicki Franz, Kemper Franz Marketing Services president; and Cindy Conklin, O'Conor Piper & Flynn Realtor.

The chocolate bacchanalia brought in some $80,000 for the Center for Poverty Solutions.

Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association

Crimson and gold filled The Forum's ballroom - and we're not just talking table decorations. The Tuskegee University colors also adorned most of the 600 folks who filled the place for the Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association's 20th annual Carver-Washington Scholarship Breakfast. Women arrived in a virtual fashion show of red dresses and suits, while the men presented a parade of crimson and gold ties.

"I even have on the red socks I wore 45 years ago to [Tuskegee University's] Red Ball, when I was dating my [future] wife," noted event committee member Lee Lassiter with a smile. "I wear them every year to this breakfast."

Each guest was also given a ruby and yellow corsage or boutonniere to add even more of a glow to the room.

Among the celebratory crowd: Wyndolyn Alexander, event chair; Anne O. Emery and Betty Austin, event committee members; Drew Berry, event honoree; Dessie Burnett, Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association president; Calvin Austin, Vallen Emery Sr., Minnie R. Smoot, Mary Windhaus, H. Louise Lassiter and Sylvia Allen Gilchrist, BTAA officers; Gladys B. Hubbard, Tuskegee Alumni Association Northeast region director; Laura Knight, Baltimore City Public Schools System social worker; Tywanna Perry, Walbrooke High School teacher; Bikita Radcliffe, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research biological researcher; Dr. Doris Starks, Coppin State University retired dean of nursing; Gerald Davis, Northrop Grumman engineering manager; Iolantha Spencer, Tuskegee University interim admissions director; Julia Roberta March, March Funeral Homes co-owner; and Herbert Roche, Social Security Administration retired administrator.

The breakfast raised some $25,000 for the Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association's scholarship programs.

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