Around Town


March 17, 2002|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Spring fever was in the air at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's recent fourth annual "Spring Swing." For instance, after party guest William Aborn made the winning bid for a Mercedes bicycle, he took it for a spin -- riding it around inside the Hunt Valley Grand Lodge, successfully weaving among the 549 other partygoers.

CFF's Maren Blum, CF patient Stacy Danko and fellow party girl Margaret McCambridge certainly helped everyone stay springy, after they got on stage and sang with the band 'til the lights came on at midnight.

The biggest boost of the evening? The $110,000 raised to fight cystic fibrosis.

There was a great opener at the Walters Art Museum for the recent Art Blooms Gala, which is put on each year by the museum's women's committee. Committee member Alicia Haberman says that, as she was met by event co-chairs Faith Millspaugh and ChiChi Bosworth and Walters director Gary Vikan, she was also greeted with the "Blue Danube" waltz, being performed by a group of violinists lined up on the museum's new spiral staircase.

"It just took my breath away," she enthuses. The hoopla raised a breathtaking $75,000 for the Walters.

Meanwhile, warm fuzzies came out at Glen Burnie's La Fontaine Bleu, at the "Tribute to Women of Color." Luncheon chair Ann Dorsey says 620 folks got together to honor 28 scholarship recipients. There wasn't a dry eye in the house, Ann says, when 18-year-old Meade High School student Jennifer Warmack gave such an enthusiastic and grateful acceptance speech for her $1,000 scholarship that Family Life World Ministries pastor Sheryl Menendez pitched in another $2,000.

"Jennifer just warmed everyone's heart and moved us all to tears," says Ann, "so that made us feel very good."

Speaking of being moved to tears, would you believe former Baltimore Colt Bruce Laird was? Bruce was among the mostly he-man crowd gathered at the Wyndham Hotel Inner Harbor for the recent "Fight For A Cure" evening of professional boxing matches benefiting CFF. However, Bruce was getting lots of congrats of his own from buddies like former Colt Tom Matte, WQSR morning man Steve Rouse, tennis whiz Steve Krulevitz and WMAR-TV sports guy Scott Garceau for his Feb. 23 wedding to longtime love Mary Ford. Bruce was bubbling over about Mary's surprise gift to him at the rehearsal dinner -- an exact copy of the 1984 U.S. Football League championship ring Bruce had lost some 10 years ago.

"Oh man, I was crushed [when I lost it]," Bruce says. "It had been a great year, we had beaten Houston and L.A. ...That ring was the USFL equivalent of the Super Bowl ring. ... Mary had gone through all sorts of twists and turns to get one made and I was just floored. I thought I'd never see it again."

And yep, Mary confirms that the big guy was -- shall we say -- a bit overcome at the present. So was she -- with the pearl necklace, and pearl and diamond earrings he presented to her that night -- which she wore the next day with her wedding dress.

Turnabout is, after all, fair play.

Social Calendar

March 20: "A Taste of Italy." Benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Wine tasting, food stations from four Italian restaurants, exclusive footage of Volvo Ocean Race. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-825-2500.

March 21: "Fifth Annual Awards Banquet." Benefits Save Our Streams. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, awards program. Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St. 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tickets $250. Call 410-766-2595.

March 22: "Spring 2002 Mardi Gras Dinner and Auction." Benefits National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Metropolitan Baltimore. Cash bar, dinner buffet, DJ. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Tickets $60 in advance, $75 at door. Call 410-435-2600.

March 23: "Blue Moon Auction & Benefit Dinner." Benefits Towson University Asian Arts & Culture Center. Wine, dinner buffet, live music. Towson University Center for the Arts, corner of Osler and Cross Campus drives. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets $30, $8 auction only. Call 410-704-2787.

March 24: "First Annual Oscar Night Baltimore Gala." Benefits AIDS Interfaith Residential Services. Open bar 6:30 p.m., cash bar 8 p.m., heavy hors d'oeuvres, watch Academy Awards on big screens, DJ, dancing, costume contests, musical performances. Redwood Trust Night Club, 200 E. Redwood St. 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-576-5070, Ext. 10.

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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