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What's black and white and red all over? At the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel last weekend, that would've been the "2009 Heart Ball," the 25th annual fundraising gala for the American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. Its 600 guests were encouraged to add some red to their black-tie attire - a suggestion most took to heart.

Event chair Ken Banks greeted folks decked out in a tux and jaunty red patterned bow tie. Interior designer Carolyn Ross looked positively divine in a ruby goddess gown, while her husband, Samuel Ross, the chief executive officer of Bon Secours of Maryland, sported a splash of red over his heart with a pocket square tucked in his tux.

"I've got red studs going down the front ... red cuff links. And I've got a big red heart for my wife," said AHA board member Augie Chiasera, M&T Bank regional president, about his spouse, Melissa.

Adding to the excitement of the evening were several nonhuman guests - "animal ambassadors" - and their human escorts from the Maryland Zoo.

As he watched a West African crowned crane, McCormick senior vice president/controller Ken Kelly noticed even the bird was in keeping with the evening's theme. "She looks dressed for the part, black and white," he said.

"With red cheeks," added keeper Amy Eveleth with a laugh.

A red carpet for Oscar in Charm City sloane@sloanebrown.comA few hundred Baltimoreans joined in the Oscar festivities last weekend, and they didn't even need to leave town to do so. They just had to show up at the Scottish Rite Temple where AIRS - AIDS Interfaith Residential Services - was throwing its eighth annual Oscar Night party, the only one here officially licensed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is behind the real deal in Hollywood.

AIRS executive director Leslie Leitch says guests glammed up in tuxes and gowns and walked a red carpet. They then went through a door flanked by two young men, who were painted gold and stood atop pedestals a la Oscar statues.

Inside, area boutiques Trillium, Panache and Couture Moda put on a fashion show featuring local fashionistas and family members as models. Among those strutting their stuff were Molly Shattuck and daughter Lillian; Sheldon Tucker and daughter Sally; Sally Russell and daughter Peggy; Warren Brown and wife Donyelle Brown; Harriet Weiner, Elizabeth Aneckstein and Mary Yavalar.

Leitch says this was the biggest and best Oscar night ever for AIRS.

A similar refrain about success was heard from the folks involved with last week's Hunt Valley Antiques Show, a big annual fundraiser for Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland. Show co-chair Suzy Wolffe says it was the biggest show in its 39-year history. Committee member Kara Ullmann says some 56 antiques dealers displayed their wares, taking up almost every nook and cranny at Timonium's Crowne Plaza hotel. Several hundred people made the scene for the show's big preview-night party, including Stuart and Suzanne Amos, Paul and Karen Winicki, and Greg and Lisa Barnhill.

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