Union Memorial garden show

MARYLAND SCENE

March 31, 2002|By Sloane Brown

The seasons may have been playing musical chairs outside, but inside the Maryland State Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, spring was most definitely in the air. Actually, spring was also all over the ground in an assortment of landscaping and floral displays. After all, this was the opening night party for the Rites of Spring Garden Show, the annual fund-raiser for Union Memorial Hospital.

Some 700 flower lovers gathered to get the first gander at all the seasonal flora, stopping off at the raw bar and browsing the dinner buffet as a jazz band added more atmosphere to the evening.

Scattered in the festive bunch: Irene Phelps and Nancy Rider, event chairs; Corinne Bell, Martha S. Cahill, Lindsay Green Carroll, CeCe Graham, Paula Segalman and Xandy Hoff Waesche, event committee members; Hamilton Hackney Jr., Union Memorial Hospital Foundation board chair; Eben Finney and Tim Hynes, foundation board members; Greg Szoka, Union Memorial Hospital board chair; Larry LaMotte, hospital board member; Harry Rider, Union Memorial Hospital president; John McDaniel, MedStar Health CEO; Dr. Richard Heitmiller, Union Memorial chief of surgery; Cynthia Chase, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals oncology specialty manager; Shirley Bigley, University of Maryland Baltimore County general counsel; Liz Chuday, Chuday Communications president; John Wright, Pro-Image president / CEO; Amy Dibos, Towson clinical social worker; Edgie Russell, Partners Management Co. president; Chris Chamber, community volunteer; Joe Fitzpatrick, Imprint Inc. vice president; Felicia Lewis, Pier 5 Hotel social / wedding planner; Robbie Rueter, State Mechanical Contractors vice president; Bill Butler, Butler Consulting owner; Patrick Dail, Community College of Baltimore County program director; and Kathi Sibiski, Johns Hopkins Bayview annual programs associate director.

Some $200,000 was cultivated by Rites of Spring for Union Memorial Hospital.

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