Scene & Heard: Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation

  • Beth Pruitt, Karlie Pruitt, Ellie Pruitt and Annie Pruitt attended the Believe In Tomorrow annual benefit and auction.
Beth Pruitt, Karlie Pruitt, Ellie Pruitt and Annie Pruitt attended… (COLBY WARE, BALTIMORE SUN )
December 30, 2010|By Sloane Brown, Special to The Baltimore Sun

The annual benefit and auction for the Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation has always had a celebratory air to it. But this year, there was just a little bit more to celebrate.

"This is the 25th anniversary of our respite housing program. And we're just about to open our eighth facility in Asheville, North Carolina," said founder/executive director Brian Morrison, referring to the program which offers vacation getaways for critically ill children and their families.

Morrison also pointed out one more reason for celebration: one of the biggest donations ever, from John Talbott, Prudential Carruthers Realtor, and his wife, Karen Talbott, community volunteer. The couple gave Believe In Tomorrow their waterfront Ocean City townhouse to be used for sick children of military families. The Talbotts were designated to receive the organization's Legacy Award.

"We just love this charity," said their daughter, Kim Talbott, Shapiro Negotiations Institute marketing director.

Another family at the benefit had come to honor another award-winner. Board member Dave Pruitt was being honored with the Unsung Hero Award for his more than 15 years of volunteering. His cheering section included wife Beth Pruitt and their three daughters — Karlie, 10; Ellie, 8; and Annie, 5.

The event actually felt a bit like a family reunion because so many supporters had been coming for years. This was the 18th shindig for Dave Reymann, board chair, and his wife, Tammy Reymann, community volunteer.

"It's really casual and fun. It's not a stuffy party," said K.C. Lycett, Universal Healthcare vice president.

"And you get to hear the stories from some of the [affected] families," added John Murrow, The Pasha Group manager of dispatch.

"Bruce and I come every year," said Mary Ford Laird, Coldwell Banker Realtor, referring to her husband, Bruce Laird, former Baltimore Colt and Multi-Specialty Healthcare marketing director, as he arrived, autographed football in hand, for the evening's silent auction.

The auction has always been one of the event's highlights. It's known for the large number of sports and celebrity memorabilia that are always up for grabs, along with some spectacular vacations.

"I just bid on a trip to New York City," said Beth Truffer, Cigna government and education market lead, who added that the auction was her favorite part of the night.

"I love the competition, and it's for a good cause."

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