The Baltimore Museum of Art's sculpture garden was brimming with people who were listening to a live bluegrass band, browsing crab-themed buffets and enjoying a warm - but dry - summer evening. It was the largest crowd yet for Crabaret. In its seven years, the fundraiser for the House of Ruth has become one of Baltimore's favorite summer parties.
"Response has been overwhelming. We sold out two weeks in advance," said Louise Miller, who chaired the event with husband Gabe Purviance, and Marsha and Gordon Becker.
"This is one that I really, really hate to miss because the food's great, it's a really interesting group of people, and it's a great cause," said Michele Whelley, CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, Conn.
Whelley had made the trip back to her hometown for the event.
In addition to raising funds for the House of Ruth, a domestic violence center, this year's shindig was dedicated to the memory of John Yuhanick, who chaired previous Crabarets.
"When I think about John, this [Crabaret] is the first thing that comes to mind," said Style Magazine editor Brian Lawrence, as he recalled the late party chair.
"This is such a reflection of my father, what he enjoyed and [his support of] the House of Ruth," said Todd Yuhanick, president of John Yuhanick Associates.
"It hasn't rained yet, so that's a good sign that he's orchestrating things from above," noted Yuhanick's life partner, optometrist Jack Kardos.
"If John were here, he would've walked up and thanked me for the weather," said WJZ-TV personality Marty Bass.
As many of Yuhanick's friends enjoyed the party and reminisced about previous ones, they all agreed its late chairman always pulled off a great party, rain or shine.
"John could bring a crowd to a rainstorm," said committee member Joyce Ann Burman.
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