American Diabetes Association


August 16, 2009|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Baltimore Sun

When you're throwing a party at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley for about 300 titled "Live the Good Life," but you're also raising money to fight diabetes, what do you feed the guests? At the annual gala for the American Diabetes Association, there was a surf and turf dinner with no heavy sauces.

"We're serving menu items that are relatively healthy, but we don't want people to feel deprived," explained Kathy Rogers, Maryland-area American Diabetes Association executive director.

After dinner, there was another healthy activity - exercise, in the form of dancing to the music of a 25-member band made up of mental health professionals.

"Their name is Mood Swings, which I think is just a hoot," said event chairwoman Lorrie Liang.

The idea of living the good life, however, meant more than enjoying the evening for many of the guests, who included: board chairman Bruce Sturm and his wife, retired mortgage banker Sharon Sturm; MediFast executive vice president Leo Williams; WLIF radio personality Diane Lyn; PNC Bank assistant vice president Frank McNeil; and Dr. Paul Fowler, head of radiation oncology at Good Samaritan and Union Memorial hospitals.

"This disease disproportionately affects the African-American community. Both of my grandparents have complications from diabetes," said Dr. Samuel Ross, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System president/CEO.

"We're here because we're concerned about diabetes for the young and the elderly," explained Colleen LoPresto, Oak Crest Village executive director. Meanwhile, her husband, Dr. Charles LoPresto, Loyola College associate professor, popped a chicken finger - baked, not fried - into his mouth.

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