Fuel Fund 'Salsabration II'


March 10, 2002|By Sloane Brown

Salsa was everywhere inside Port Discovery. It could be found on the buffet table, along with other Mexican food like empanadas, quesadillas, guacamole and Spanish rice. Salsa was also all over the makeshift dance floor set up in the children's museum entrance hall, as teachers Grace Gonzales and Antonio Delgado instructed folks in that style of Latin dancing. After all, what else would you expect of the Fuel Fund of Maryland's "Salsabration II?"

"Ladies, there are three rules to salsa," Grace announced to her assembled pupils, "Number one, men lead." A few claps could be heard.

"Number two, men lead." Some cheers added to the mix.

"Number three, men lead." The response now could generally be referred to as thunderous. At least from half the crowd.

Among the 225 guests enjoying the spicy evening: Donna Morrison, event chair; Hector Torres, honorary event co-chair; Bob Geis, Fuel Fund of Maryland board president; Christopher Smith, Bill McLennan, Ralph Markus, and Adam Levy, Fuel Fund board members; Mary Ellen Vanni, Fuel Fund executive director; Jennifer DesMarais and Steve Fertig, WBFF Fox 45 morning show co-anchor and meteorologist; Joe Haskins, Harbor Bank chairman / CEO; Rhonda Overby, Camera Ready, Inc. president; Nicole Egan, Levin Group marketing representative, Tracey Bagwell, Genesis Health Ventures implementation coordinator; Henry J. Wegrocki, Cohen, Eisenberg & Katzenberg partner; Corrie Galvin, The Open Door deputy director; Jay Gilbert, Carlisle Friesland manager; Eloise Bensberg, Catholic Charities accounting supervisor; Maureen O'Donnell, Compofelice Reporting Service court reporter; Margie Counselman, Baltimore fundraising development consultant; Barry Malcolm, Provident Bank of Maryland vice president; Vincent Pilgrim, Community Assistance Network BRHOP / FLAG program assistant director; and Gabriella Waters, Valley Academy development director.

"Salsabration II" raised some $14,500 for the Fuel Fund of Maryland.

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