It was rainin' polyester and Afro wigs at the Hippo nightclub for the Moveable Feast's "Fall Gala." This year, the theme was Studio 54. So, many of the 350 guests arrived togged out in '70s threads to groove to tunes being spun by guest disc jockey Nicki Siano, Studio 54 original DJ.
"There were lots of very big, very pointy collars," notes Moveable Feast's executive director Vic Basile.
One good example was Hippo owner Chuck Bowers, who apparently donned a red polyester jacket with "big, long collars that reached across his shoulders," according to Vic.
However, the big hit of the night was '70s disco diva Martha Wash, who belted out her Weather Girls hit, It's Rainin' Men, and a few others for the happenin' horde.
Martha arrived at the party with her good friend, Baltimorean Debbie Jacobs Rock. Back in the disco days, Debbie not only sang backup for Martha, but also had a couple of albums of her own, with the song Undercover Lover her big hit in 1979.
These days, Debbie is the executive director of the Baltimore Pediatric HIV Program.
The funky bash raised about $75,000 for the Moveable Feast, which prepares and delivers meals to homebound people with HIV / AIDS and their dependent children.
For Maryland sports fans, the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum's latest fund-raiser at the Baltimore Wyndham Hotel was a once-in-a-lifetime, dream-come-true kinda thing. Not only did the 350 guests get to relive "Maryland's Greatest Sports Moments," but they got to do it with some of their sports heroes. Museum executive director Mike Gibbons says it was quite a roster.
Future hall-of-famer Cal Ripken Jr.; Sandy Unitas (representing her late husband, Baltimore Colts star Johnny Unitas); former University of Maryland football players Jack Scarbath and Chet Handulak; former Baltimore Colts Lenny Moore, Artie Dono-van, Jim O'Brien and Mike Curtis; former Hopkins lacrosse champ Joe Cowen; University of Maryland champion lacrosse coach Cindy Timshal; former Oriole Scott McGregor; Preakness / Kentucky Derby winner Spectacular Bid's owner Harry Meyerhoff and trainer Buddy Delp; and national indoor soccer champs Baltimore Blast player Lance Johnson.
"You know how these events go?" Mike asks. "Some people leave early? Not this time. Every-one stayed until it ended at 10."
And they helped raise $26,000 for the museum's efforts to build a new facility at Camden Station.
The opening celebration for the University of Maryland Medical Center's new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building was quite a family affair, we hear.
More than 300 guests turned out to honor Dr. Morton Rapaport, the center's head honcho for 21 years before retiring in September.
Among those guests were most of Mort's three children and 15 grand kids.
Lots of other folks spoke about Mort's compassion and kindness, including Nelson Sabatini, Maryland secretary of health and mental hygiene; UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski; and Orioles owner Peter Angelos.
The new building adds to the hospital 19 new operating rooms, a new emergency department, diagnostic imaging department, cafe, food court and a "healing garden" for patients and their visitors.
Dec. 2: "Holiday Wine & Microbrew Tasting." Benefits Santa Claus Anonymous. Wine, beer, heavy hors d'oeuvres. The Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St. 6 p.m. Tickets $40. Call 410-685-4830.
Dec. 2: "12th Month Happy Hour." Benefits Maryland Pro-duction Alliance. Cash bar, snacks, networking with people in local TV / film industry. Mount Washington Tavern, 5700 Newbury St. 5:30 p.m. Tickets $5. Call 410-252-8222.
Dec. 5 & 6: "Night of 100 Elvises." Benefits Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Wine, beer, cash bar, Southern buffet hors d'oeuvres, performances by 55 bands and Elvis Presley tribute artists. Lithuanian Hall, 851-3 Hollins St. 5 p.m. both nights. Tickets $75 reserved seats each night, $50 advance general admission, $65 general admission at door. Call 410-494-9558 or 888-494-9558.
Dec. 7: "Stuck on You Premiere Party." Benefits the Carson Scholars Fund and the BEN Fund. Soda and popcorn reception; sidewalk square unveiling; appearances by Dr. Ben Carson, Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, the Farrelly Brothers, Bradley Thomas; screening of movie "Stuck On You." Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. 4 p.m. reception, 5 p.m. screening. Tickets $50. Call 410-828-1005.
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