The Tremont Grand ballroom was bursting with people and bustling with energy as several hundred guests wined, dined and perused all sorts of silent auction items at Pam Shriver's 23rd annual Charity Tennis Classic Grand Kickoff Reception. Not bad for an event that's been around a lot longer than those it helps support through Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons and other youth organizations.
"We support all groups for kids," said Gail Brodsky, the No. 1 junior tennis player in the U.S.
"Every kid has to have a chance to do what we do," added Ajla Tomljanovic, the No. 1 junior tennis player in Europe. The two would be playing in the classic the next night.
As always, Baltimore's tennis-playing pride and joy, Pam Shriver, was an ever-gracious hostess, warmly chatting with guests and proudly showing them photos of her children: George, 41/2, and twins Kate and Sam, 3.
"To think about how this event has segued into so many different phases of my life: my playing career to my retirement, to marriages and deaths and births. That's what 23 years does for you. The constants in my life have been my family and my hometown," she said. "It gives me a warm, warm feeling."
That feeling was shared by her mom, Margot Shriver. "This makes me feel good all over about how much she's done, and how much she loves her home in Baltimore even though she lives in Los Angeles," she said.
Two other attendees marveled at the Tennis Classic's longevity and continued popularity.
"I don't know how many events really last this long," said Tennis Patrons president Clinton Kelly.
"Twenty-three years. It's fantastic," said Steve Krulevitz, president of Steve Krulevitz Sports Camps. "Let's do another 23!"
Hey, Tony, we knew it was you A certain high-profile guy made a low-profile appearance in Baltimore last week. CNN anchorman Tony Harris was inconspicuously sitting on the sidelines of Pam Shriver's Tennis Classic. It seems he was visiting mom, Yvonne Cross, who lives in D.C., and brought her to see one of her idols - tennis superstar Serena Williams - in action. Tony was playing it so low-key, only a handful of folks recognized him, like one of his former Fox 45 colleagues, Steve Davis, now a sportster at WBAL. And yours truly. Tony says Baltimore will always hold a special spot in his heart.
Pre-season party So, you think Thanksgiving is when the holiday season officially kicks off? Not to a certain party-going set. We all know the holidays begin the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. That's when caterers/restaurateurs Sascha Wolhandler and hubby Steve Suser throw their annual holiday bash. They push all their living room furniture to the walls, throw on a never-ending spread, and invite all their friends to cram in - from wildly creative artists to wildly successful business types to the just plain wild. The Tuesday-Before-Thanksgiving party is so well known that one year when Sascha and Steve didn't hold it, a couple dozen guests showed up anyway.
Playing dress-up Turns out it isn't just little girls who like to play princess. How about last weekend's "Tiara Ball"? That's the 60th-birthday party that Baltimore nurse-midwife Cynthia Monshower threw for herself.
Apparently, Cynthia has been collecting tiaras for years. So, everyone who RSVP'd that they could come was sent a tiara. Of course, that meant that at the party - held at the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club - all the women wore them. And even the wait staff and band members donned them. And the birthday cake sported crowns.
So, how good a bash was it? Says Monshower's daughter, Tara Simpson, "Most of the men left the party with the tiaras on their heads."
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