You could say the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation gala ran hot and cold this year. After all, its theme was "Fire & Ice." And you needed to look no further than the mezzanine of the Hyatt Regency. Huge sculptures of flames -- carved in ice -- towered above the more than 750 guests as they mingled during the cocktail hour.
Inside the ballroom, a stage flanked by "icebergs" waited. There were also dinner tables with centerpieces of candles set in globes of -- you got it -- more of the frozen stuff.
As for the mood of the party, it was hot-hot-hot. Some of that was fueled by the suspense over who, of seven competitors, had raised the most money for the event and would be named Sun King and Snow Queen. (Psst. "King" Bill McCarthy Jr. and "Queen" Lois K. Hodes claimed those crowns.)
Among the evening's revelers: Vicki and Carmen Deyesu, event co-chairs; Jill Beechan Crawford and Paul F. Hannon, event committee members; David Anderson, St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation board chairman; Marilyn Beach, Linda H. Biagioni, Marty Brutscher, Dr. Jim Eagan, Lois K. Hodes, Bill McCarthy Jr., George Reynolds and Tricia Siegelbaum, board members; H. King Corbett, St. Joseph Medical Center board member; John K. Tolmie, St. Joseph Medical Center president / CEO; Dr. Harry Brandt, St. Joseph head of psychiatry; Dr. Arthur Serpick, St. Joseph medical affairs vice president; Gail Fine, community volunteer; Cardinal William Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore; Pio Marocco, retired Baltimore contractor; Jim Finch, retired Union Trust leasing officer; Vince Piscopo, Perry Hall Insurance Brokers president / CEO; Kent Suter, Family Respiratory and Medical Supply president / CEO; Deborah McCallum, U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs deputy assistant counsel; Fred Reitz, Lockheed Martin computer programming engineer; Diane Ford, Strayer University marketing officer; George Connor, Depuy Orthopedics sales representative; Frank Henderson, Bethlehem Steel steelmaker; and Chris Fisher, Whiting Turner Construction project manager.
"Fire & Ice" raised some $252,000 for St. Joseph Medical Center.