Towson U. fetes stadium renovation

MARYLAND SCENE

Around Town

September 15, 2002|By Sloane Brown | By Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

It makes sense. If you're going to have a grand opening for a big spiffed-up stadium, shouldn't the party be kinda spiffy, too? So the Towson University folks invited 350 close friends to a pregame reception to celebrate the inauguration of the newly renovated TU Stadium.

Guest Tony Agnone said the food at the party had a tailgate theme -- chicken, brownies, cookies and the like. Tony says folks involved in playing, reporting and managing athletics were everywhere you looked. Wayne Edwards, Tom Matte, Artie Donovan, Lenny Moore, Bruce Laird, Martha Klima, Chuck Thompson, Paul Blair, Matt Stover, Tony Seaman, Sean Landeta, Tony Vinson, John Schuerholz, Tom Yeager, Gerry Sandusky, Keith Mills and Brent Harris were just some of the sports figures he spotted mingling and munching. Then there were the other TU, Maryland and business hotshots like Dan Jones, Hoke Smith, John Brown, Bruce Hoffman, David Nevins, Lance Billingsley, Bill Wood, Joe Tischer, Dick Erkeneff, Bill Tignanelli, Steve Sharfstein, Mike Gill and Chip Silverman. And party guests will always treasure this memory: the late, great Johnny Unitas, who died Wednesday, was there, too.

The redone stadium wasn't the only thing being celebrated by some of the guests. Tony says Gary Gait and Paul Cantabene also had the Major League Lacrosse Champ-ionship to crow about -- their Baltimore Bayhawks nabbed the national trophy four days earlier.

And then there was Tony Agnone himself. Three days before the TU bash, the Baltimore-based sports agent had scored big, working out a $46 million dollar contract with the New York Giants for client Michael Strahan. Tony says he has a new moniker up NYC-way, every time he's introduced or mentioned on the air.

"It's not justTonyAgnone,"hesays,laughingly,"it's' Tony-Agnone-the-agent-for-Michael-Straha n-who's-the-highest-paid-defensive-end-in-professional-footb all.' "

Poor guy. No. Somehow, that phrase doesn't quite fit.

Stella Maris

Now this was a way to cap off your summer. And hundreds of folks knew it. There they were, ensconced at table after table inside the Timonium fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, joyfully cracking into piles of steamed crabs, at the Stella Maris 17th annual crab feast. Oh, and then there was that buffet line with all sorts of other comfort-food choices, corn-on-the-cob, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, franks and beans, Italian sausage, barbecue chicken, sauerkraut and pit beef.

And if all that food wasn't enough to keep folks entertained, there were game wheels situated along the sides of the hall. There was also a big-screen TV showing the first Ravens game of the season (Good thing there was all that food to counterbalance the sinking feeling in many a Raven fan's stomach.).

Stella Maris chief administrative officer Sr. Karen McNally happily surveyed the hall.

"This started out as a little party with 400 people at Stella Maris," she noted, "Now, it's almost 1,100."

Among the cheerfully cracking crowd: Bill Apollony, Stella Maris advisory board chair; Mitch Beam, Christopher D'Anna, Lloyd Haak, Sean O'Conor, and Bob Widmer, Stella Maris advisory board members; Tom Mullen, Mercy Health Services Inc. president / CEO; Sr. Helen Amos, Mercy Health Services Inc. board chair; Sr. Louis Mary Battle, Stella Maris president emeritus; Bob Brannan, MBNA community relations manager; Kathie Connelly, O'Conor & Associates operations president; Bonnie Hunter, Maryland environmental services water plant supervisor; Annette VanOver, Sheppard Pratt Health System systems analyst programmer; Kathy Hopkins, medical secretary for Dr. Thomas E. Whitten; Faith Gilroy, Loyola College psychology professor; Sharon Wiley, Fox45 marketing and public affairs manager; Jimmy Uhrin, JMU Video Productions president; Brian Reynolds, Snapple Beverage Group salesman; Wesley Jeffries, retired General Motors quality control operator; Marlene Manfra, community volunteer; Ryan Webb, Board of Childcare childcare supervisor; Clare Miller, Baltimore-based communications consultant; Bob Owen, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Co. sales representative, and Susan Levi-Goerlich, Columbia-based artist.

The crab feast raised around $80,000 for hospice care at Stella Maris for those who cannot afford it.

Social Calendar

Sept. 17: "Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner." Benefits Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, mind-reading performer, live jazz, seated dinner, award presentation to honoree Art Modell. Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St. 6 p.m. Tickets $200. Call 410-602-0160, Ext. 230.

Sept. 18: "Meet the Museum Night." Benefits American Dime Museum. Wine, popcorn, corn dogs, fire manipulation performance by the Astounding Louis, tour of museum. American Dime Museum, 1808 Maryland Ave. 7 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. Call 410-230-0263.

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