Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore


Around Town

October 06, 2002|By Sloane Brown | By Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Talk about a party living up to its name. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore's "OUT- rageous Gala" fit the billing. Guests were encouraged to dress outrageously. Some did. And some just took in the view. Like that of Cybele the Fire Eater, clad in a leopard-print unitard, performing her act on the sidewalk as 400 guests arrived for the bash at the Maryland Institute College of Art's administration building. Oh, and let's not forget the adult cherubs, in feathered-wing finery, also greeting the newcomers.

Juggler-magician Phil DePalo came dressed as a punky schoolgirl. MICA and Villa Julie art instructor Rodney Cole was clad in rhinestones and a mini-dress made from a trash bag.

"A Glad heavy-duty trash bag," he clarified, "I call my look 'Hollywood Trash.' "

Gala committee members Jon A. Kaplan and Joel Pearson did their version of the classic Demi Moore Vanity Fair cover photo -- arriving in elaborately painted-on tuxedos, with a bare minimum of fabric attire.

Meanwhile, Toni Kirby's eyes sparkled in the centers of wonderfully painted-on burgundy and yellow daisies. The Legg Mason graphic designer continued the floral theme, dressed in a bikini covered with real Berber daisies and chrysanthemums.

"I said I was coming as a flower child," she explained, "but my friend said I looked more like an Anne Geddes [baby photographer] photo."

Among others looking and being looked at: Jim Williams, event chair; Marty and Sharon Bass, Corbin, Dawn and Glenn Goldberg, Nate Hubler, Jack Kardos, John Yuhanick, Randy Knepper, Tina Lazar, Bill O'Brien, Richard Taylor, Bryan Starck and Tim Thompson, event committee members; Tim Hurley, GLBTCCB board president; Caroline Harmon, Jacqueline Robarge, Craig Wiley and Bob Huntington, board members; Paulette Young, founding board president; Bernie Silverman, Pikes-ville-based interior designer; John Hartin, University of Maryland School of Social Work faculty member; Robert Mittle-man, Salon at Stevenson beautician; Rut Paal, Rutland Beard Florist; Paul Skotarczak, Paul's of Woodholme co-owner; Jenni-fer Warner, aesthetician at Corbin; Scott Furman, Tuxedo House president; Susan Goodell, Centerpiece Events & Promotion director; Kristen Soper, Kennedy Krieger Institute clinical assistant; Kip Castner, Maryland AIDS Administration planning division chief; Vic Basile, Moveable Feast executive director; Sascha Wolhandler, Sascha's catering co-owner; and Eric Walters, the Becker Group portfolio man-ager.

The party raised about $50,000 for the center.

Social Calendar

Oct. 9: "Baltimore County Business Awards Luncheon." Benefits Baltimore County Economic Development De-partment and area chambers of commerce. Luncheon, guest speaker Ron Shapiro. Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road. Noon. Tickets $40. Call 410-887-8000.

Oct. 10: "2002 Antiques Show Gala Preview Party." Benefits Maryland Historical Society. Antiques show, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, live jazz. Rainbow Hill, 10729 Park Heights Ave., Owings Mills. 6 p.m. Tickets $125. Call 410-685-3750, Ext. 321.

Oct. 12: "Taste of the Chesapeake Gala." Benefits Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Open bar, food stations from Chesapeake Bay area restaurants, live music, dancing. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. 7 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-377-6270.

Oct. 12: "BreastFest 2002." Benefits the Breast Center at Mercy Medical Center. Beer, cash bar, buffet dinner, live music, games, dancing. The Gin Mill, 2300 Boston St. 3 p.m. Tickets $30 in advance, $40 at door. Call 410-332-9728.

Oct. 13: "Touchdown for the Homeless." Benefits South Baltimore Homeless Shelter. Beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, raw bar, dessert buffet, live music, dancing. Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood at Cross Street Market, 1065 S. Charles St. 5 p.m. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at door. Call 410-752-3241.

Oct. 13: "Lifetime Achieve-ment Award Dinner honoring Sister Kathleen Feeley." Benefits Caroline Center. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, musical entertainment. Marion Burk Knott Center, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. 6 p.m. Tickets $150. Call 410-563-1303.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Maybe the Domino Sugar sign gave it away. Or the lights of Canton across the water. Otherwise, you could have sworn you were on an elegant South Pacific island, with 475 other beachcombers -- all in formal or very festive island attire. Folks mingled and munched hors d'oeuvres under tents decorated in tropical fuchsia, turquoise and lime at Tide Point. A steel-drum band and Gilligan's Island look-alikes provided more ambience at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's "10th Annual Gala -- Rescue Party."

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