Enterprise Community Partners party

May 30, 2010|By Sloane Brown, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore's movers and shakers were at the American Visionary Art Museum for "Harbor Lights: Leading the Way Home". The event celebrated the 25th anniversary of Enterprise Homes and the 10th anniversary of the Enterprise Women's Network, and honored Bart Harvey, the former chairman and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners.

Baltimore's movers and shakers were at the American Visionary Art Museum for "Harbor Lights: Leading the Way Home." The event celebrated the 25th anniversary of Enterprise Homes and the 10th anniversary of the Enterprise Women's Network, and honored Bart Harvey, the former chairman and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners.

A scan of the crowd provided a plethora of Baltimore bigwigs, including: Jack Luetkemeyer, Continental Realty Corp. principal; Toby Bozzuto, Bozzuto Development Company president, Bozzuto Group partner; Woody Collins, M&T Bank executive vice president; Brooke Hodges, a senior vice president with Bank of America; and Edwin Warfield, Citybizlist founder/CEO.

"It's amazing that it has been 25 years," said Chickie Grayson, Enterprise Homes president/CEO. "And [the event is] honoring Bart Harvey, who is an icon in affordable housing and is such a decent human being."

Originally, the party was planned for 200 guests. But, that number rose to a sold-out 450.

"I'm really thrilled with the response of the community, with the honorees and the mentees, [who are] what we are all about," said event co-chair C. Sylvia Brown.

The mentees — students at William H. Pinderhughes Elementary and George G. Kelson Elementary/Middle schools — are part of an Enterprise Women's Network program. A group of them were guests at the party: Monyea Hawkins, 10; Angel Allen, 12; Precious Allen, 13; Breonna Crank, 11; and Kristen Woodridge, 11. The girls were easy to spot, in pink plaid dresses — gifts from their mentors.

"When my mother saw [the dress], she said, 'That is so pretty!'" said Crank.

"It's an absolutely magical experience," said Salli Ward to fellow mentors Debbie Attman, Pam Malester, Sheila Drummond, Pam Pettijohn, and Tiffany Tate, as they watched the girls.

This was a can't-miss event for Marty Millspaugh, at the party with his wife, Meredith. The former Charles Center and Inner Harbor CEO is known for his part in the revitalization of downtown Baltimore.

"This is a wonderful reunion. You feel like the years have fallen away," he said as he looked over the crowd.

That was exactly what co-chair Fredye Gross hoped for. "I wanted it to be a reunion of all the wonderful parts of Enterprise, and to launch an annual event," she said.

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

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