Hospice Of Baltimore And Gilchrest Center

SCENE & HEARD

Hospice Care Gala

December 09, 2007|By SLOANE BROWN

THE FANCY FORMAL AFFAIR WAS ALIVE and well at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel last weekend. In fact, the bi-annual fundraiser for the Hospice of Baltimore and Gilchrest Center for Hospice Care was so eagerly anticipated, the party had to be moved into a larger ballroom to accommodate more than 800 guests. Not only were all the gentlemen in their tuxedo best, but most of the women wore floor-length dresses.

"I'd say [that's] because of Mr. and Mrs. Modell," said retired stock trader Roula Passon, referring to honorary chairs Art and Pat Modell.

"[She] is the most elegant, beautiful lady that I know. She likes to have things done in a very nice, elegant way."

Pat Modell had fun pointing out that her black velvet gown had been made for her by designer Bill Blass 20 years ago. "And I can still get into it," she announced with a laugh.

Another way the party reflected Pat Modell's personality was its merry spirit.

Among those getting into the elegant exuberance of the evening: Hospice president / CEO Catherine Boyne and her husband, Doug Perry, Michel and David Modell, Susan and Charlie Offutt, Claudia and John Grimm, Stuart and Tim Rodgers, Bill Paternotte, Dina Klicos, John Paterakis, J.R. Paterakis, Nancy and Ted Herget, Brooke and Tom Hodges, Karen and Paul Winicki, Gloria and Trippy Dryden, Gary Gill, Nora and Ray Koontz, Ed St. John and Katherine Wood, Sandy Glover and Gary and Charlene Cohen.

A DRINK WITH JACK GERBES

JACK GERBES, 54, HAS BEEN AT THE Maryland Film Office for 16 years, the past five as its director. He and his wife, Jane, live in Harford County with their two children: Katie, 16, and Luke, 12.

Have you always loved movies?

Yeah. I remember when I was a teenager, making horror movies with G.I. Joes. In high school, I took all the film classes that I could. I thought about going to film school. But, coming from a blue-collar family, I thought you go to college and get a secure 9-to-5 job. So, now it's so cool. I get to work with directors who are world-class directors. I get to pick their brains. They get to pick mine about locations.

Who have been your favorite directors to work with?

Terry Gilliam. He did 12 Monkeys here. He's like a 10-year-old stuck in a 50-year-old body. ... Tony Scott. He did Enemy of the State. I've become good friends with Jay Russell. He directed Tuck Everlasting and Ladder 49. Jodie Foster (Home for the Holidays) was wonderful to work with. Typically, I don't drop names because they're people I work with. And, of course, John Waters, our favorite son.

What's the biggest misconception about your job?

That it's glamorous, and that we hang out with movie stars. Occasionally, I'll meet them. But, we're in muddy fields. I've been in disgusting, dirty tunnels. I've been woken up in the middle of the night by a producer screaming that the forecast is for rain tomorrow and what am I going to do about it? ... There's a lot of pressure and stress.

ONLINE Read more of the conversation with Jack Gerbes at baltimoresun.com / drink

ONLINE Sloane Brown takes you to the party with a calendar of coming events and video reports at baltimoresun.com / scene

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