Cool. The perfect word for the 13th annual "Festival of Trees Preview Breakfast." The 1,100 guests had to deal with frigid temperatures outside as they hurried to the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Once inside, guests were greeted by Christmas trees decorated in a Hairspray theme, honoring the 1987 movie by Baltimore filmmaker John Waters, and the current Broadway musical hit based on the film. Cool.
Oh. And let's not forget super-cool hostess Lainy Lebow-Sachs, dressed in a white beehive wig and poufy, pink satin dress.
There were plenty of more traditionally dressed trees to admire, along with wreaths and handmade gingerbread houses -- all available for sale to raise money for the Kennedy Krieger Institute, which treats children with disabilities.
Among those getting into the holiday spirit: Kathy Berkowitz, Dan Proctor, Jackie Jillson, Rusty Carbaugh and Amy Sussman, event committee members; Ron Creamer, Harriet Legum and Henry A. Rosenberg Jr., Kennedy Krieger Institute board members; Dr. Gary Goldstein, Kennedy Krieger Institute president; Mary Jane Buettner, Paul's of Woodholme Hair Salon & Day Spa hair designer; Sharon Giorgio, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland executive assistant; Trey Askew, Westminster city police detective; Florence Moyer, Virginia-based private duty nurse; John Singer, Federal Trade Commission attorney; Joe Mills, Lockheed Martin engineer; Ed Crawford, Ferris Baker Watts senior vice president; David Roling, Wharton Levin Ehrmantraut & Klein partner; Dr. Peter Sitars, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center head of neurosurgery; Ralph Rizzo, R&R Events president / CEO; Brian Southern, Accelics president / CEO; and Renee Glenn, Future Care Old Court assistant activity director.
The Festival of Trees raised around $650,000 for the Kennedy Krieger Institute.