Federal Hill Main Street Fundraiser

March 07, 2010|By Sloane Brown | Special to The Baltimore Sun

As cold, dark and damp as it was outside the Baltimore Museum of Industry, it was warm, bright and cheery inside, as dozens of guests gathered for Fest-of-All: A Celebration of Everything Federal Hill, the annual fundraiser for Federal Hill Main Street. They caught up with friends and neighbors and enjoyed everything Federal Hill. That meant silent and live auctions featuring donations from local residents and businesses, and some two dozen food and drink stations, courtesy of Federal Hill restaurants and bars.

"I think the whole dreary winter has everybody ready for a party," said Jane Seebold, Federal Hill Main Street executive director.

The party included both current and former residents of Federal Hill, like Taylor Foss, LifeBridge Health vice president, and her husband, Gary Foss, management consultant, who moved from Federal Hill to Canton a couple of years ago. Meanwhile, soon-to-be residents Sandy Apgar, real estate consultant, and his wife, Anne Apgar, retired development professional, got to know their new neighbors.

"We're part of the Montgomery Street gang," said Debbie Kielty, World Trade Center Institute president, as she introduced herself and neighbor Becky Swanston, Swanston & Associates principal.

As Jessica Atkins, owner of Couture Closet, and Marion Lambropoulos, M Salon owner, busied themselves preparing for the evening's fashion show, WBAL-TV anchorwoman Donna Hamilton was getting a little nosh before her stint as a model.

"That [fashion] show is the evening's highlight," explained event chair Amy Mutch. It featured clothing and accessories from Federal Hill shops.

"I love the fashion show because we actually get to see all the merchandise sold in Federal Hill, modeled by our friends and neighbors," explained Bill Romani, Federal Hill Main Street vice president.

"It's our fashions, our customers, our jewelry and our clothes. Plus, it's sexy ... in a healthy way," added Sonny Morstein, president of Morstein's Jewelers.

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

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