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February 16, 2003|By Sloane Brown

Hannah More School

Those five inches of new snow outside were hardly a deterrent to supporters of the Hannah More School.

These were folks who knew the school faced bigger challenges every day in its programs for middle and high school students with autism spectrum disorders or emotional disabilities. Some 450 guests trekked through the snow to the school for its "25th Anniversary Celebration."

After slipping off the heavy coats, they settled in to the gala evening -- sipping drinks and nibbling on hors d'oeuvres before the big dinner. Some of the partygoers had a chance to chat with the evening's keynote speaker, Baltimore filmmaker John Waters.

Spotted in the crowd: Melanie Heacock and Brenda Crabbs, event co-chairwomen; Gary Dowell, Rev. Fred Hanna and Jennifer Macek, event committee members; Sarah Glad-den Thaniel, Shirley Smith, Arch Fort, Henry Lewis, Ned Lawrence III and Dr. Oscar Camp, event honorees; Charles Klein, Hannah More School board chairman; Jaye Richard-son, Knox Bickford, Brenda H. Jenkins, Joseph Lizza, Kenneth N. Oliver and Mike Ritchey, board members; Mark Waldman, school president; Tucky Ram-sey, school founder; Zivah Ring, Susquehanna Bank senior vice president; Bill Brackney, Nor-throp Grumman vice president; Paul Melanson, retired Loyola College chief financial officer; Mark Dopkin, Tydings & Rosenberg partner; Stephanie Bixler, Baltimore County Public Schools instructional assistant; Debbie Zikorus, Interstate Construction president; Gary Harriger, Funk and Bolton attorney; Salli Ward, Owings Mills wardrobe consultant; Sharon Aberts, Farmers & Merchants Bank executive vice president and corporate secretary; Anne Reid Townsley, community volunteer; Jeff Dudley, Towson University director of major gifts; Nancy Abramson, Charlestown Community public relations coordinator; Cindy Clayton, Kaye's Pharmacy pharmacist; Dr. Barney Wilson, Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk dean; and Pat Mochel, Towson yoga instructor.

The celebration raised about $40,000 for the Hannah More School.

Center for Poverty Solutions

Is there such a thing as a chocolate hangover? If so, some 1,000 folks were probably suffering with that the day after "The 12th Annual Chocolate Affair." More than 40 local restaurants and caterers set up shop inside the north club level lounge at Ravens Stadium. And almost all of them offered a "chocky" concoction -- chocolate truffles, chocolate covered apples, chocolate parfaits, chocolate bread pudding. And how 'bout chocolate nachos or lobster with spicy chocolate sauce? There were a few chefs who provided a respite from the chocolate onslaught. Who knew a bit of bagel or cream of crab soup could be such a relief?

But this was a crowd up to the task of making the ultimate sacrifice, decimating any sign of a post-holiday diet, for the good cause of the Center for Poverty Solutions. And most people made a mighty effort to polish off as much chocolate as they could in one night. The result? Other than those aforementioned hangovers, the eat-a-thon raised some $82,000 for the center.

Among those doing their chocoholic duty: Lori Pinson, event honorary chairwoman; Debbie Attman, Sharon Bunch, Richard B. Crystal, Wendy L. Emrich, Lisa Busko Johnson, Holly Joyce, Dina Mallis Klicos, Joetta Miller, Pam Malester, Caryn Sagal and Craig Wiley, event committee members; Howard Weiss, Center for Poverty Solutions board chairman; Jason E. Cooper, Barbara Blount Armstrong, Rev. Pamela Griffin, Dr. Jane L. Halpern, Linda H. Jones and Fred Mason, board members; Alma Roberts, Center for Poverty Solutions CEO; Jason Foote, Towne Park executive vice president; Dawn Preller, American Substance Abuse Professionals social worker; Patricia Richardson, Catholic Review office manager; Marcus Pollock, Maryland Advisory Council on Offender Employment Coordination executive director; Tim Reber, Fandango account executive; Mark Davis, Maryland assistant attorney general; Lakwanza Dublin, Abrams Foster Nole & Williams auditor; Chuck Geser, Finkelstein & Geser partner; Andy Dalal, Gordon Feinblatt attorney; and John Rydell, WBFF / WNUV television reporter.

Social Calendar

Feb. 20: "Hunt Valley Antiques Show Preview Party 2003." Benefits Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland. Wine, cash bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, preview of antiques show. Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road. 6 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-366-1980, Ext. 232.

Feb. 20: "5th Annual Innovative Future Award Party." Benefits 1,000 Friends of Maryland. Beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, Montgomery Park tours, Smart Growth presentations, honoree Douglas Becker. Montgomery Park office building, 1800 Washington Blvd. 6 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-385-2910.

Feb. 22: "Gala Anniversary Celebration." Benefits Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary. Soda, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live music. Martin's Eastwind, 9000 Pulaski Highway. 6 p.m. Tickets $25. Call 410-484-7919.

Feb. 22: "Sixth Annual Evening in the Stacks." Benefits Howard County Library. Open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, dancing, readings by authors and poets, strolling entertainers. East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 8 p.m. Tickets $60. Call 410-313-7750.

If you'd like to have your social event considered for coverage on the Maryland Scene page, please fax the information at least three weeks in advance to 410-675-3451, or call 410-332-6520, or mail it to Party Page at The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.

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