Making merry at the Holly Ball


December 18, 2005|By SLOANE BROWN

WHEN IT COMES TO THE HOLLY BALL, decking the halls is only the beginning. The fundraiser for the Hospice of Baltimore and Gilchrest Center for Hospice Care is known for its "only the best" atmosphere.

"Pat Modell [the honorary co-chair with husband Art] makes sure this is over the top. The best band. The best food. Mink coats for the auction, for crying out loud!" exclaimed IBM vice president P.J. Mitchell.

Unfortunately, Pat was feeling under the weather. So, son David Modell and wife Michel stood in for his parents, greeting guests alongside gala chairs Connie and Bill Pitcher.

Inside the ballroom, huge centerpieces of white roses decked each table. Each couple had a Christmas tree ornament and gourmet chocolates waiting at their seats. Dinner consisted of endive and watercress salads, filet mignon, and cheesecake with chocolate and raspberry sauces. Then, the dance floor spilled over as almost everyone left their seats to trip the light fantastic to the tunes of New York's Michael Carney Orchestra.

With a nod to the famed Christmas carol, 'tis the party to be jolly!

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