Johns Hopkins bids farewell to board chairman Bloomberg, now New York City's mayor

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May 12, 2002|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg got quite the Baltimore send-off at a gala last weekend as he ended his six-year term as Johns Hopkins University's chairman of the board.

About 800 well-wishers gathered in the new O'Connor Recreation Center on the Homewood campus for the big event.

There were all sorts of honors, including a drawing of Mike (as he's called on campus) by famed caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.

According to Hopkins' Dennis O'Shea, pres Bill Brody presented the picture to Mike by telling how the university had sent Hirschfeld lots of photos of Mike. But the artist had decided that Mike looked happiest when he was on the Hopkins campus in his academic robes. So that's the way Hirschfeld drew him.

By the way, for you Hirschfeld insiders, there were three "Ninas" hidden in the drawing. (For those who have no clue what we're talking about, check out an online biography of Hirschfeld. There's one at www.alhirschfeld.com.)

Dennis says another Bill Brody comment drew a chuckle from the crowd. Bill said he's often asked what it's like to work with Mike Bloomberg. His reply?

"Have you ever taken a drink of water from a fire hose?"

THINGS WERE JUMPIN' over at the American Visionary Art Museum recently at "Fiesta Latina 2002," the annual fund-raiser for Centro de la Comunidad, Baltimore's Latino social service agency. Executive director Carmen Nieves says with about 230 folks showing up, the party sold out, raising some $10,000 for Centro.

Not only was the paella and filet mignon buffet a hit, so was Grupo Latino Continental, the Latin band that performs every year at the party.

"Every time they played," Carmen noted, "I'd look around and see all the tables were absolutely empty. Everyone was out on the dance floor. ... We had a good, good, good time."

So mark your calendar for next year's fiesta: May 17.

SPEAKING OF MARKING your calendar, May 22 will be your chance to attend the East Coast premiere of a major Hollywood flick.

That's when the new Tom Clancy thriller, The Sum Of All Fears, will be presented at D.C.'s Warner Theatre with major stars in attendance. Stars like Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman. Not to mention B-more's own thriller-meister, Mr. Clancy.

In fact, it's thanks to Tom that you too could walk down the red carpet.

He's given a bunch of premiere tickets to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Friends to sell at $150 a pop. That not only gets you a seat at the screening, but a chance to mingle with Hollywood and Capitol Hill bigwigs at a cocktail reception afterward.

Hey, you can't beat that. Mingle with the hot shots and give to a good cause, all at the same time.

Needless to say, tickets are going fast. So you might want to call 410-358-1500. Quick.

SOCIAL CALENDAR

May 14: "45 Years of Healing Celebration Dinner." Benefits Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation and the Center for Women's Health and Medicine at Mercy Medical Center. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live music, humanitarian award presentation to Dr. Neil Rosenshein. Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Rd. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $75. Call 410-484-1637.

May 17: "An Evening of Remembrance." Benefits Coppin State College's Calvin W. Burnett Scholarship Fund. Retirement celebration for college president Calvin W. Burnett, cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live music, dancing, musical performance. Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor, 101 W. Fayette St. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-951-3800.

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