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March 23, 2003|By Sloane Brown

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center

If the first "Eubie Award Gala" felt like family, there were a couple of good reasons. First, some of those gathered at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center are on its board. These are folks who have worked for years building the center's varied arts programs, finding it a permanent home on Howard Street and developing a strong family feeling in the process. Second, many of the guests are family of the night's award winner -- Eric Anthony, the Baltimore native son who is appearing on Broadway in the hit musical "Hairspray." Oh, and did we mention the "extended family"? Present were: Baltimore filmmaker John Waters, who created the original movie "Hairspray," and Margo Lion and Adam Eppstein, producers of the current Broadway show. And some folks who knew Eric "when" were in attendance. His high school acting and English teacher, Paul Dougherty, had great tales to tell of the young actor.

"Other than his terrific singing and acting and dancing, the generosity of Eric's soul is his real talent," said Dougherty, as he described how often Anthony counsels students at the Carver Center for Arts & Technology.

Among the 200 guests sharing the warm feelings of the evening: Mary Wanza, event chairwoman; Maggie Wanza, Amini Courts and Troy Burton, event committee members; Carl Stokes, Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center board chairman; Ruth Bukatman, Joan Willen Cohen, James Crockett, Marty Glaze, and Frances Lucas, Eubie Blake Center board members; Camay Calloway Murphy, Eubie Blake Center executive director; John Brooks, Annie Williamston, Baxter Jones, Wyvonne Lawson-Brooks, Judy Wilson, Mildred Wilson, Alvin Jones, Delores Morgan and Mary Epps, Eric Anthony family members; Kathleen Murphy, Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse executive assistant; Gary Grainger, Baltimore artist; James Carter, Sylvan Learning Center teacher; Joe Freed, Carver Center for Arts & Technology principal; Nancy Barrick, Baltimore actress; Carolyn Cole, Frederick Elementary School principal; Irv Cohen, retired hospital administrator; Roselyn Hammond, Morgan State University biology professor; and Dolores DeLuxe, Baltimore floral designer.

The gala raised around $10,000 for the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center.

Salvation Army

You could call it the perfect warm-up for spring. Folks filtered into the Orioles Park banquet room for The Salvation Army's "Compassion in Action" luncheon and silent auction. The 170 guests congratulated honoree Don Hutchinson for his contributions to the community. They listened to guest speaker Raven's linebacker coach Mike Singletary. They perused the silent auction items, many of which were autographed Baltimore Ravens and Orioles sports items. They gazed out the window to the ballpark below. Maybe they were thinking how, like spring, it soon would blossom with the noise of cracking bats and the cheers of Oriole fans. Soon, they would get to concentrate on one of Baltimore's favorite sports.

Included among the guests: Lois Rosenfeld, event chairwoman; Lou Kousouris, The Salvation Army Baltimore Area advisory board chairman; Doug Sullivan, Stuart Rienhoff, Jim Witty, Michael Bender, John Davis, Kathryn Gurley, Ananta Hejeebu, Joe Ruiz, and Walter Schamu, advisory board members; Major James Arrowood, The Salvation Army Baltimore Area commander; Shadd Phillips, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club executive director; Bill Fine, WBAL-TV president / general manager; Kevin Wille, CB Richard Ellis, first vice president; Jim Loftus, Comptroller of Maryland compliance division assistant director; Shirl Hall, Verizon executive assistant; Penny Anderson, United Way of Central Maryland community building vice president; Ralph Arnold, Monumental Life Insurance chief operating officer; Charles Nemphos, Yale Sportswear president, and Rob Shuman, MPT-TV president / CEO.

The luncheon raised about $10,000 for The Salvation Army Baltimore Area.

Social Calendar

March 26: "Fashion Show and Luncheon." Benefits Villa Assumpta Auxiliary. Cash bar, lunch, fashion show by Dress Barn, shopping bazaar. Holiday Inn Select, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium. 11:30 a.m. Tickets $28. Call 410-377-7774.

March 27: "Casino Night 2003." Benefits Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, casino-style games. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $125. Call 410-539-6800, Ext. 249.

March 28: "Viva Las Vegas." Benefits Health Education Resource Organization (HERO). Cash bar, heavy hors d' oeuvres, D. J., dancing, mock wedding chapel, Elvis look-alike contest, "showgirls," casino-style games. Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. 7 p.m. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at door. Call 410-685-1180, Ext. 266.

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