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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,ed.gunts@baltsun.com | September 2, 2009
Baltimore's Center Club is holding two "grand reopening" celebrations next week to unveil the results of a $2.7 million renovation completed over the summer. The private dining club at 100 Light St. has scheduled a reception for government, business and civic leaders on Sept. 9 and a members-only reception on Sept. 10. The project represented a show of faith by the club and its board of governors in downtown Baltimore, where it started in 1962. The club's first significant upgrade in 20 years, it included a new harbor-view dining room, wine room, bar and lounge area, dance floor and private dining rooms.
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Jacques Kelly and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Patricia B. "Pat" Tatar, a former Bank of Baltimore official, died of complications from pneumonia Sept. 24 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 83. Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Max Pechersky and the former Catherine Shiffman. She was a graduate of Forest Park High School and initially worked at the old Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. In the early 1970s, she moved to Maple Shade, N.J., and was a regional Hallmark card, toy, puzzle and Christmas ornament representative.
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By SYLVIA BADGER | April 21, 1995
If you happen to be having lunch at the Center Club today, be sure to wish two of the club's mainstays a fond farewell. After six years, the club's official greeter, a.k.a. the receptionist Carol Purcell, is leaving to fill the position of manager/assistant manager at the "all new" Hillendale Country Club, which recently reopened after being closed for more than a year after a devastating fire.The other person who will be missed is the assistant general manager and event planner, Dave Lynch, who's been there 10 years.
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By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Baltimore's private dining clubs, longtime bastions of business networking and deal-making, are loosening up in an effort to attract a younger generation to keep their doors open. Dress codes are easing and lower dues are offered for young members at the Engineers Club of Baltimore in Mount Vernon and the Center Club downtown on the 16th floor of the Transamerica tower. Both have invested millions of dollars over the last five years to revamp aging facilities and maintain the appeal of exclusivity to attract those with money to spend.
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By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2009
Salary: $52,000 Age: 49 Years on the job: 11 How he got started: Andreas Doulamatis moved from Greece to Ohio to attend the University of Toledo. He majored in economics and campaign management, but while still in school began working at a private club as a supervisor. He didn't finish school and instead decided to relocate to the Baltimore/Washington area after accepting a job as maitre d' with the former International Club of Washington. He worked there for almost 10 years. When the commute became too much, he looked for work closer to home and became the maitre d' at the Center Club, on the 15th and 16th floors of the Legg Mason building.
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By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Evening Sun Staff | July 8, 1991
The Center Club is not just for power lunches anymore.Perched on the 15th and 16th floor of the USF&G building on Pratt Street, the well-known business club is also for watching fireworks on July Fourth, celebrating New Year's Eve and sampling the creations of master chefs. "We're always looking for new things," said the club's president, Alvin S. Wolpoff.Next year the club is likely to be the place for starting an evening with the Orioles because the new stadium is within walking distance.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2003
At the Center Club, long one of the places to lunch for the Baltimore businessman, traditions are older than the scotch. Ties are not optional, the parmesan and fish never come from a can. And no cash, please. But the club, where Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer has been seen guest-bartending, is changing with the times. Crab cakes, fried or broiled, are now $31.50. Some of the members' spouses are men. And, today, the board of governors at this venerable male institution will break with its long-standing unwritten dress code by installing a president who wears a skirt.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,ed.gunts@baltsun.com | June 5, 2009
A Baltimore institution is getting an overhaul that is designed to give it a new look and help it draw more members. The Center Club, a private dining establishment that was founded by civic leaders in 1962, has begun a $2.7 million renovation that will be complete by September. The overhaul is the first upgrade of the Center Club since it moved in the late 1980s to 100 Light Street, now known as the Legg Mason Tower. It represents a commitment by the club's directors to stay in the heart of downtown Baltimore.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | October 8, 2008
Russell A. LaGreca, longtime general manager of Baltimore's Center Club whose gracious and efficient manner endeared him to members and their guests for nearly three decades, died Saturday of cancer at his Abingdon home. He was 69. Mr. LaGreca served as manager of the Baltimore social club, which was founded in 1962, for 26 years until retiring in 2005 because of failing health. "Russell was about sustained consistency, and that's what he always wanted. He was very good at maintaining the synergy between the club's members and its employees," said John Warnack, who succeeded Mr. LaGreca as manager.
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By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Baltimore's private dining clubs, longtime bastions of business networking and deal-making, are loosening up in an effort to attract a younger generation to keep their doors open. Dress codes are easing and lower dues are offered for young members at the Engineers Club of Baltimore in Mount Vernon and the Center Club downtown on the 16th floor of the Transamerica tower. Both have invested millions of dollars over the last five years to revamp aging facilities and maintain the appeal of exclusivity to attract those with money to spend.
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By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2013
Wedding date: April 13, 2013 Her story: Jennifer "Jenny" Ayd, 29, grew up in Baltimore. She is a registered nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her mother, Elaine C. Ayd, is a secretary and her father, Gregory J. Ayd, is a general contractor and owner of Quadrant Construction. His story: John "Jack" Linehan, 33, grew up in Baltimore. He is an attorney at Ober | Kaler. His mother, Michelle P. Linehan, is a research administrator at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and his father, Michael J. Linehan, is an architect at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2012
Stephen Baxter, a retired travel agent, died of liver disease Oct. 2 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Mays Chapel resident was 66. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Samuel Baxter and Lola Annen Baxter. He lived on Barclay Street and in Anneslie. He attended St. Mary's School in Govans, as well as Calvert Hall College High School and City College. He also studied at the old Baltimore Junior College. As a young man, he was the night switchboard operator at the Highfield House apartments.
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Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2011
When the Center Club held a focus group asking its members what events they wanted to hold, some suggested a fashion show. But any old fashion show wouldn't do. It had to mean something. "We talked about our members being very philanthropic and wanting to give back," said Nancy Sloane, director of membership and marketing for the Center Club. "So that was a component we wanted to make a part of the fashion show. " At 7 p.m. Friday, the Center Club will host its first-ever runway show, Couture at the Club: An Evening of Ravishing Fashion.
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By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2009
Virginia Hogan is more interested in style than in fashion. "I love putting things together my own way. I don't want to look like somebody else," says the 59-year-old concert pianist. When we "Glimpsed" the Cockeysville resident at The Center Club, she equated her taste in designer clothes to the standards of her profession. "I don't spend money on things that don't have quality. I'm a Steinway artist. I only play on Steinway [pianos] because Steinway is the real thing. ... I'm not a snob.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,ed.gunts@baltsun.com | September 2, 2009
Baltimore's Center Club is holding two "grand reopening" celebrations next week to unveil the results of a $2.7 million renovation completed over the summer. The private dining club at 100 Light St. has scheduled a reception for government, business and civic leaders on Sept. 9 and a members-only reception on Sept. 10. The project represented a show of faith by the club and its board of governors in downtown Baltimore, where it started in 1962. The club's first significant upgrade in 20 years, it included a new harbor-view dining room, wine room, bar and lounge area, dance floor and private dining rooms.
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,ed.gunts@baltsun.com | June 5, 2009
A Baltimore institution is getting an overhaul that is designed to give it a new look and help it draw more members. The Center Club, a private dining establishment that was founded by civic leaders in 1962, has begun a $2.7 million renovation that will be complete by September. The overhaul is the first upgrade of the Center Club since it moved in the late 1980s to 100 Light Street, now known as the Legg Mason Tower. It represents a commitment by the club's directors to stay in the heart of downtown Baltimore.
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Jacques Kelly and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Patricia B. "Pat" Tatar, a former Bank of Baltimore official, died of complications from pneumonia Sept. 24 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 83. Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Max Pechersky and the former Catherine Shiffman. She was a graduate of Forest Park High School and initially worked at the old Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. In the early 1970s, she moved to Maple Shade, N.J., and was a regional Hallmark card, toy, puzzle and Christmas ornament representative.
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By Sloane Brown | August 6, 2000
The lineup included such names as Surhoff, Clark, Johnson,Hargrove, Mussina and Murray. But this team, suited up in satin and sequins, wasn't assembling for a baseball game at Camden Yards. These were Oriole wives rallying with the Center Club to raise $100,000 at a benefit gala "A Midsummer Night's Field of Dreams." The chosen charity this year: Pathfinders for Autism, which raises money for research, clinical services and education to improve the lives of people with autism and their families.
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By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2009
Salary: $52,000 Age: 49 Years on the job: 11 How he got started: Andreas Doulamatis moved from Greece to Ohio to attend the University of Toledo. He majored in economics and campaign management, but while still in school began working at a private club as a supervisor. He didn't finish school and instead decided to relocate to the Baltimore/Washington area after accepting a job as maitre d' with the former International Club of Washington. He worked there for almost 10 years. When the commute became too much, he looked for work closer to home and became the maitre d' at the Center Club, on the 15th and 16th floors of the Legg Mason building.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | October 8, 2008
Russell A. LaGreca, longtime general manager of Baltimore's Center Club whose gracious and efficient manner endeared him to members and their guests for nearly three decades, died Saturday of cancer at his Abingdon home. He was 69. Mr. LaGreca served as manager of the Baltimore social club, which was founded in 1962, for 26 years until retiring in 2005 because of failing health. "Russell was about sustained consistency, and that's what he always wanted. He was very good at maintaining the synergy between the club's members and its employees," said John Warnack, who succeeded Mr. LaGreca as manager.
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