The Marriott Waterfront Hotel ballroom offered a flash from the past at "Memory Ball 2003." This year the Alzheimer's Association shindig focused on the early 1960's. Life-size cutouts of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Elvis Presley stood guard at the ballroom doors. Inside, 250 guests were serenaded by the Party Dolls, a retro rock 'n' roll band featuring a trio of beehived girl singers. Each dinner table featured what, at first glance, looked like an ice-cream sundae. Upon closer examination, you realized the soda fountain glass was stuffed with a layer of white carnations, then pink carnations, and topped with a "maraschino" sweetheart rose.
Among the evening's time travelers: Allen and Betsy Robinson, event co-chairs; P.J. Mitchell and Toni Vreeland, event committee members; RaeAnn Butler, Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter board president; Qasim Collidge, Karen Kauffman, Beth Lebow, Dr. Marsden McGuire and Melanie Sabelhaus, board members; Cass Naugle, Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter executive director; Susan Hadary and Bill Whiteford, Academy Award-winning filmmakers; Dr. Peter Rabins, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine psychiatry professor; Armand Levin, retired First Union trust division senior vice president; Micki Pellington, widow of former Baltimore Colt Bill Pellington; Jerry Wit, MIE Properties vice president; Jason Frank, Lutherville elder law attorney; Harold Hughes, Legg Mason wealth management director; Jim Greives, GWWO Architects founding partner; Arnold Glassner, Louis Mazor president; Herbert Bank, Bancorp managing partner; Bill Stewart, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services assistant secretary; John McCormick, McCormick & Co. vice president; Natalie Durkee, community volunteer; Glen Cole, Brantly Development Group vice president; Robert Himler, BGE I.T. consultant; Reba Cornan, University of Maryland geriatrics and gerontology education and research program director; Julie Mercer, Columbia Consulting Group managing director; and Paul Singer, the Singer Group principal consultant.
The party raised about $80,000 for the Alzheimer's Association.
If you couldn't make it to Aspen, Colo., this winter, the mountain, so to speak, came to Baltimore at "The 12th Annual Great Chefs' Dinner." This year's guest chef at the Family Tree feast was Dena Marino, from Aspen's Ajax Tavern. More than 300 folks gathered at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley to sup on Marino's mountain lodge fare. The five-course gourmet meal included grilled asparagus and prosciutto, butternut squash gnocchi with lamb ragu, arugula salad with seared Ahi tuna, braised veal shank with polenta and wild mushrooms, and warm Scharffen Berger chocolate torta with banana Marsala sauce and vanilla gelato.
Among the group of gourmets: Sally Bauer, Carol Obrecht and Dot Rosenberg, event co-chairwomen; P. Dennis Connelly, Ziba Franks, Megan Kalkstein, Graham Kastendike, Pat Kirk, Dort Mollett, Carolyn O'Keefe, Maria O'Shea, Molly Shattuck, Dorrie Spilman, Xandy Waesche and Ellen Remsen Webb, event committee members; Topper Webb, Family Tree board president; Julia Keelty, Bruce C. McEntee, Doug Brinkley, Mary M. Guba, John K. Hoey, Tom McDonald, Betsy Sherman, Ossie Tate and Karen Weatherholtz, board members; Pat Cronin, Family Tree executive director; Dr. John Meyerhoff, Family Tree founding president; Jennifer Feikin, Google Web search and syndication director; Tom Brady, Constellation Energy senior vice president; Tom Bozzuto, Bozzuto Group CEO; Doug Cann, Nottingham Properties residential land acquisitions manager; Eddie Brown, Brown Capital Management president; P.J. Mitchell, IBM vice president; Cindy Knipp, St. David's Day School teacher; Bill Littleton, Glen Burnie attorney; Steve Glover, Glover Equipment Sales Group president; Joseph Sheppard, Baltimore-based artist; Craig Erickson, Erickson Retirement Communities financial planning and analysis director; John Paterakis, H&S Bakery president; Roula Passon, former Deutsche Banc securities lending representative; Hal Donofrio, Campaign for Our Children CEO; Bob Sabelhaus, Legg Mason executive vice president; Thomas A. Hauser, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll attorney; Martha Macks-Kahn, Goya Girl Press & Contemporary Art president; and Sally Spilman, Terry Morgenthaler and Suzi Cordish, community volunteers.
The eating extravaganza raised some $320,000 for the Family Tree's programs to strengthen Maryland families and prevent child abuse.
April 27: "Under the Big Top!" Benefits Advocates for Children and Youth. Performance by Big Apple Circus, soda, popcorn, hot dogs, cotton candy, desserts, chance to meet circus performers, and a midway with games, activities and pony rides. Fifth Regiment Armory, Preston and Howard Streets. 3 p.m. Tickets $50, children under 3 free. Call 410-547-9200, Ext. 3010.