2001 Shock Trauma Gala

Around The Harbor

May 05, 2002|By SLOANE BROWN

You could say everyone -- all 1,600 of them -- at the "2001 Shock Trauma Gala" was in uniform. Perusing the cocktail hour crowd in the Baltimore Convention Center mezzanine, you could see folks in dress uniform of the police, firefighter and emergency medical technician variety. And then you had the "uniform" for everyone else -- tuxedos and a variety of glittering gowns. All were there for one uniform purpose -- to honor Maryland's emergency personnel in the annual event subtitled "A Night for Heroes."

"That's why we're here," Janet Barnhill explained why she and husband (and event co-chair) Robert Barnhill had brought son Chris, and his brother Tim along.

"Shock Trauma saved Chris' life in 1999 after he was in a car accident," she said, "after something like that, you get sentimental about these people."

Many in the crowd also talked about how the events of Sept. 11th have deepened the gratitude they have for folks who work to save Marylanders' lives.

Included among the honorees and well-wishers: Greg Devou and Trip Dryden, event co-chairs; Francis X. Kelly, Shock Trauma Board of Visitors chair; Jim Corckran, George Doetsch, Bill Fine, Barbara A. Gehrig, and Ted Herget, Board of Visitors members; John Erickson, University of Maryland Medical System chair; Dr. Morton Rapoport, University of Maryland Medical System president / CEO; John Spearman, Shock Trauma vice president; Dr. Thomas Scalea, Shock Trauma physician-in-chief; Dr. Stephen Schimpff, University of Maryland Medical Center CEO; Michael Lundin, John Vanhoy, Peter Wild, George Hayden, Henry Giles, and Sharon Henry, event honorees; Chris Cameron, StatCare president; Marcey Carter, Design Collective Inc. accountant; Elnora Currin, State Farm Insurance training manager; Roger Simonds, Anne Arundel County Fire Department chief; Brigadier General Warner Sumpter, Maryland Army National Guard commander; Theo Rodgers, A&R Development Corporation president; Brice Phillips, Phillips Seafood Restaurants chairman; Wanda Draper, WBAL TV executive in charge of production; Lainy LeBow-Sachs, Kennedy Krieger Institute senior vice president; Charles Wunder, Baltimore insurance broker; Caroline Reidy, Howmedica Osteonics clinical manager; Anne Pineau, retired dental hygienist; and Al Reid, Rapid Response president.

The gala raised about $250,000 for the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

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