Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland Fundraiser

February 28, 2010|By Sloane Brown | Special to The Baltimore Sun

At the Hunt Valley Antiques Show preview party, event committee members Kara Davis and Crickett Woloson sat at a table with their husbands. The baby lamb chops and asparagus spears on their plates were the evening's only hint of spring. A week's worth of snowstorms left huge mounds of snow in the Crowne Plaza Hotel parking lot. Traffic snarls meant longer drive times for many of the evening's guests. But that didn't dampen their enthusiasm once they arrived at the party. This was, after all, the 40th anniversary of the fundraiser for Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland.

"We expanded the show this year," said event co-chairwoman Sally Hoskins, pointing to a bigger silent auction and some 50 exhibitors' booths stuffed with antique and collectible treasures.

"There are a lot of faces I haven't seen for a long time," noted board member Page Huddles.

As the stream of guests grew a little heavier, event co-chairwoman Rachel Seba breathed a sigh of relief. "I'm just so glad the traffic has eased up," she said.

While most folks were happy to escape the cold, Paul Winicki, Radcliffe Jewelers owner, couldn't wait to get back outside. He told FCS executive director Stanley Levi how he was blazing new trails in his neighborhood with snowmobiles. His wife, Karen Winicki, stood next to him with an indulgent smile.

Meanwhile, committee members Kara Ullmann, Monique Cleverly and Ashley Thayer discussed yet another reason to celebrate - that day's launch of FCS' new Web site, alittlebithelps.org.

As rooms filled up with people and laughter - and thoughts turned to the evening's fun, instead of the week's snow troubles - FCS board president Lisa Hayes pronounced the evening a success. "This is wonderful. This party is always such a classy event."

Sloane Brown can be contacted at sloane@sloanebrown.com.

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