Scene & Heard: Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation fundraiser

May 21, 2010|By Sloane Brown, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Most folks know Green Spring Station as Lutherville's chic collection of shops and restaurants. But the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation made the most of the building's history as an old train station for its Tasting at the Station fundraiser.

Foundation co-presidents Nancy Goldberg and Lynn Fram and event chair Lisa Sawyer played "conductors," as they took guests' tickets and showed them to their seats. The party featured several food and wine "stations," and soon, everyone had a favorite "stop."

"I'm about to eat my favorite dish from Mari Luna Grill," announced Barry Steelman, retired attorney, whose wife, committee member Sheila Steelman, saved him a place at a nearby table.

"I love the chocolate," said Mark Krasna, medical director of the Cancer Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center, as Jeff Norman, St. Joseph's president/CEO, popped a cognac-flavored truffle from the A. Kirchmayr Chocolatier table into his mouth.

"I like the lemon martinis," said Ida Samet, LifeBridge Health vice president, referring to the Lemonade Shaking Guy station, where Marc Rosenberg was adding a zing of vodka to his trademark drinks.

At the "baggage area," vintage suitcases were propped open and filled with goodies and gift certificates to be raffled off. Jackie Martin, a Baltimore-based interior designer, and Marlene Adkins, a retired speech pathologist, tore off their raffle tickets and stuffed them into boxes in front of their favorites.

Money raised at the event benefited the Cancer Institute, as well as the Red Devils, which funds services for breast cancer patients and their families.

For Carol Ronis, development director for Maryland Highway Safety Foundation and MMCF member, the best thing about the evening was the trip down memory lane.

"You know what's so great?" she asked. "This organization is 53 years old, and we still have some of our founding members involved."

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