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MARYLAND SCENE

February 24, 2002|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

B-more's party circuit has been on fire lately, theme-wise at least. City firefighters were among those honored at the American Heart Association's 2002 "Heart Ball."

This year, the shindig was held Feb. 9 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, with the theme "Heart of Champions." The evening's most heartfelt moment came when the ballroom lights dimmed and the stage filled with smoke. The smoke cleared. The lights came up. And there on stage were the honorees -- some 50 "first-time responders" (Baltimore 911 operators, firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians), along with the chiefs of those four city departments.

The more than 200 guests gave the group a standing ovation.

Come to think of it, if you were going to have a heart problem at a party, this certainly would've been the place. Not only were there all those experienced honorees, but the guest list included lots of local heart doctors. Luckily, the wingding was filled only with good stuff -- like the more than $200,000 it raised to fight heart disease.

Meanwhile, over at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion last Saturday, guests were greeted by a brand new city fire engine -- complete with flashing lights -- as they arrived for the Engineers Club's seventh annual "Fire Ball." The yearly whoop-de-doo commemorates B-more's Great Fire of 1904.

However, according to mansion executive director Randi Dutch, it was the dance floor that was blazing that night. She says board member Bob Leach had never seen so many folks dancing at a "Fire Ball."

First V.P. Barry Casanova speculated maybe that was because the group had held ballroom dance lessons at the mansion over the summer.

No, board pres Wendell Leimbach noted, folks boogied all night to the R&B tunes of the Panama Band. There wasn't a foxtrot in sight.

This barnburner also set a record, raising $35,000 for the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion renovation.

Social Calendar

Feb. 28: "Fight for a Cure." Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, six professional boxing bouts. Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor, 101 W. Fayette St. 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Tickets $150. Call 410-576-8343.

March 1: Fourth annual "Spring Swing." Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner buffet, live music, dancing. Hunt Valley Grand Lodge, 304 International Circle. 7:30 p.m.-midnight. Tickets $100. Call 410-771-9000.

March 2: "Art Blooms" opening night gala. Benefits Walters Art Museum. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner buffet, live music, view exhibitions and matching floral displays. Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets $175. Call 410-547-9000, Ext. 305.

March 3: Annual "Fashion Show." Benefits Maryvale Preparatory School. Reception, cash wine bar, lunch, fashion show by several local retailers, boutique vendors. Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road. Noon-5 p.m. Tickets $30. Call 410-252-3366.

If you'd like to have your social event considered for coverage on the Maryland Scene page, please fax the information at least three weeks in advance to 410-675-3451, or call 410-332-6520. Or mail it to Party Page at The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.

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