Cool chunk, big bidding, nice threads


Around Town

October 26, 2003|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Think of last weekend as the social equivalent of Hurricane Isabel -- too much going on!

Let's begin with another beginning, the dedication and ribbon cutting of the Brown Center -- that fantasmo glacier of a building on the Maryland Institute College of Art campus. Did we mention the little soiree surrounding the event? Where 3,500 of MICA's closest friends and students mingled under tents, oohed and aahed over fireworks, then toured that cool new chunk of architectural ice. An evening full of kudos to Eddie and Sylvia Brown for the $6 mil they gave MICA to make the center a reality. MICA president Fred Lazarus and wife Jonna were beaming like proud parents as they greeted well-wishers. Speaking of smiles, all you needed to do was catch a glimpse of the faces of Steve Ziger and Jamie Snead, whose architectural firm gave birth to this beauty, to know that all was right with the world. As far as other faces went -- how 'bout Linda and Zelig Robinson, Costas Gri-maldis, Laurie Glassner, David Modell, Michel Walker, Suzi Cordish, Carole and Bean Sibel, Ron Solomon and Debbie Cameron, Norda and Rodney Carroll, Freeman and Jackie Hrabowski, Mary Dempsey, Joe Haskins and Rhonda Overby, Edie and Stan Brown, John and Melody McEntee. And that was just in one small corner of the tent.

Sue Hess summed up the evening. "I think they did this just right, inviting people to come. No ticket price. Just celebrating. Very classy."

Up in Hunt Valley, another happy, and happening, shindig, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland's Chrysanthemum Ball. How happy was it? Martha Miller, who co-chaired the party with Karen Evander, was still hoarse Monday from the Saturday night wingding.

"It was so-o-o-o much fun," she croaked," I remember telling a friend there that it was like one giant neighborhood cocktail party. Everyone was running around kissing each other. Everybody seemed to know each other."

Certainly all 300 folks knew the night's honorary chairs, former Oriole (now Blue Jay) Mike Bordick and his wife, Monica; lacrosse superstar Gary Gait and his missus, Nicole, and current Oriole B.J. Surhoff and his spouse, Polly. "We couldn't have asked for better honorary chairs," says Martha, "They were all so approachable."

Needless to say, the silent auction was jam-packed with sports memorabilia, which led to some lively bidding. And it looks like Family and Children's Services came out the night's big winner, scoring at least $50,000.

Down in Glen Burnie, La Fontaine Bleu was rockin'. And rollin'. Thanks to the band H & The Beatlemaniacs at "Return to Woodstock," a '60s-themed bash benefiting St. Agnes Healthcare. Band member Jeff Pecore (his day job is general counsel for the hospital) says about 450 hipsters made the scene. And many were dressed in hippie threads. Like St. Agnes' chairman of surgery, Dr. Richard Spence, who was in a wig, Jimi-Hendrix-style shirt and tinted granny glasses.

One exception was hospital CEO Ken Bancroft. But, that didn't mean he wasn't in costume. Ken told folks he was wearing his old Army fatigues, because that's what he was doing in 1969, serving a military stint in Germany.

The point of the whole thing, says Jeff, was to have a fund-raiser where people had fun. As evidence that the goal was reached, he says, at the official 11:30 p.m. end of the party, the dance floor was still full. To top it off, the bash raised more than $25,000 for St. Agnes. Groovy.

Speaking of threads, fashion took center stage at the "What's In The Trunk?" hoop-di-do for HERO (Health Education Resources Organization). More than 200 of B-more's fashionable set turned out at Bonnie View Country Club to watch a fashion show courtesy of Vasarri. They ate, drank and bid and bought up a whole passel of pretty things.

Nan says when event chair Kandi Slade swished through the throng in a mink coat, people thought it was hers until she pointed out that she was modeling it as an auction item.

Nan says there were two other models who really stole the show. Amid all the leggy professional mannequins sashaying down the runway came this woman in a long red gown.

"She looked beautiful," raves Nan. "She was walking by and I'm thinking that's a gorgeous dress, and then it hit." Seems the model was a certain man-about-town. Nan says most people did a double take to recognize him. Even without his trademark red shoes.

Our mystery model wasn't alone. Personal trainer Jon Kaplan joined the fashion parade, also looking outrageously beeee-yuu-tiful in a gown. Jon threw kisses to an adoring public that included HERO head honcho Dr. Leonardo Ortega, board president Carlton Smith and party committee members Bonnie Feldman, Mitzi Glick, Lynn Hacker, Gail Kandel and Wayman Merrick. Ester Goldberg, D.C.'s popular version of Dame Edna, emceed the auction and helped rake in more than $20,000 for HERO.

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