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By Sloane Brown Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2010
F or years, the Baltimore School for the Arts' Saturday night Expressions gala has been a sellout, even with $300 ticket prices. That's why the school also holds a more casual, less expensive version the following Monday. As BSFA celebrated its 30th year, the Monday night party joined the ranks of its big brother. "It's totally sold out. Look at this. It's unbelievable," said event co-chair Carole Sibel as she viewed the crowd milling in the Segal Gallery, enjoying hors d'oeuvres and cocktails before that evening's student performance.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has been showing a lot of love for the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore and the poem Francis Scott Key was inspired to write after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry. The BSO celebrated that anniversary on Sept. 13 during the nationally televised Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Pier Six, then kept the theme going for its annual gala, an all-American concert held Saturday night at Meyerhoff Hall. There was a good deal of novelty on the short program (in between dinner and dessert offered for premium gala-goers in a tent set up outside)
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley and Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas congressman seen as a rising star in Democratic circles, will share a stage Thursday night at an annual fundraiser for Maryland's party faithful. O'Malley, term-limited and weighing a 2016 bid for president, will be the keynote speaker at the Maryland Democratic Party's fundraising gala in Prince George's County, the organization announced Monday. Castro, whose appearance was announced a month ago, will be the guest speaker.
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By Sloane Brown, For The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The fall fundraising party season revs into high gear next weekend with a plethora of big shindigs that can cost big bucks to attend - all for a worthy cause, of course. From the Night of 100 Elvises to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Gala, tickets can go from $26 to $5,000 each. With such a broad range, you might wonder what goes into setting the price. Why does one hoopla cost so little, and another so much? Certainly, there are expenses to cover. A fancy gala that offers hors d'oeuvres, open bar, a gourmet sit-down dinner and live dance music is going to cost the organizers a lot more than a party that might have local restaurants and liquor distributors donating their wares at food stations, with a cash bar. But, there are a few more factors that go into the mix. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Maryland Chapter is one of the busiest nonprofits, with seven major parties a year, says Ann Krulevitz, the chapter's associate executive director.
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By Sloane Brown | December 5, 1999
There was a lot of fancy footwork at the Maryland Athletic Club recently, and we're not talking aerobics class.With a rock band set up on the basketball court, dancing was just one way folks could move at the Sweats & Sneakers Gala. Another was to hoof it through the parts of the club decorated to represent certain big cities; the gala's theme was "Dancing in the Streets." In "Miami," for example, guests could tour the new Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's cardiac rehab suite.Among the evening's "tourists": Julianne Carroll, event chair; Pat Cohen, Ray Daue, Susan Goodell, Bob Connelly, Laura Rubino, Chris Radebaugh and Kay Senft, event committee members; Phil Wendel, Liz and Tim Rhode, MAC co-owners; Dr. Ken Baughman, Johns Hopkins' chief of cardiology; Ernest Burke, former Baltimore Elite Giants player; and Jay Pivec, Pivec Advertising VP.The jamboree raised $10,000 for the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
The state Democratic Party's annual gala was no place for campaign speeches on Wednesday night.   That might seem odd to casual observers. After all, a big primary election is a month away, and the vast ballroom at Martin's Camelot in Prince George's County was filled with top elected officials, candidates and campaign donors. But the gala - a large fundraising event - was a time to talk about party unity and the need for voter turnout efforts in the primary and general elections.
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By Sloane Brown | October 24, 1999
Things were jumping on the basketball court at Morgan State University's Hill Field House, but the name of this game was "Gala 1999: Preparing Our Students for the New Millennium and Beyond." The uniform was black tie, and the evening's lineup included a performance by the Morgan State choir, a seated dinner and a little one-on-one on the dance floor.Among the more than 1,200 Morgan "fans" who turned out were Dr. Earl S. Richardson, MSU president; Barbara C. Hill, event chair; Beverly Booth Brown, event vice-chair; James Waddy, Elaine Clinton, Brenda Patterson and Mary Robinson, event committee members; Dave Johnson, MSU Foundation board president; John Griswold and Cheryl Hitchcock, board members; Stanley Mitchell, MSU football coach; Judge Robert Bell, chief of the Maryland Court of Appeals; and Bert Hash, president and CEO of the Municipal Employees Credit Union.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Karol V. Menzie,Staff Writer | November 10, 1993
Founding member Richard Graff will be on hand to discuss wine when the new Maryland chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food holds its gala kickoff tomorrow night at the Hyatt Regency."
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By Sloane Brown | April 29, 2001
The attire at the Naval Academy's Officers and Faculty Club went far beyond mere dress whites. Costumed in brocades, silks, lace and pearls, many Annapolis folks came clothed as their favorite opera characters for the Annapolis Opera's Eighth Opera Gala. However, this chorus stuck strictly to conversation during the cocktail hour and left the singing to tenor Israel Lozano after dinner. Among the crowd of 130 opera lovers: Melanie Teems, event chair; Bob and Marge Munkelt, Susan Casey, Suzanne Wooten and Sidsel Fox, event committee members; Anna Marie Gilmour, Annapolis Opera board president; Jean Jackson, incoming board president; Victoria Waidner, Sylvia Earl and Felix Rosario, board members; Chris Comer, Comcast Anne Arundel County government and public affairs director; Tom Quinn, LMC Properties Inc. president; Harry Gatanas, retired Army major general; Kit Schaefer, Office Solutions owner; Pete Latimer, Mellon Bank senior vice president; Dick Hegstrom, retired financial executive; Brenda Doetzer, Baltimore mezzo-soprano; Bruce Googins, Advanced Engineering and Research Associates vice president; Carol Cohen, Washington Hebrew Congregation Early Childhood Center director; David Stern, Stern Shoe Repair president; and Carole Cochran, Annapolis yoga instructor.
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By LAURA CHARLES | October 27, 1991
CABARET SINGER Karen Mason will be the featured entertainer at the black-tie gala Nov. 25 at the Candler Building for Pam Shriver's sixth annual Charity Tennis Festival.Mason has appeared on Broadway, performed at Carnegie Hall and has shared the San Francisco Opera House stage with Luciano Pavarotti and Rosemary Clooney. At the gala, guests will also get a chance to meet the participants in this year's Tennis Festival -- Jennifer Capriati, Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver and Elise Burgin.
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August 25, 2014
Harford County community leaders will showcase their ballroom dancing talents and compete for top honors to benefit the Center for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the 7th annual Dancing for the Arts Fundraising Gala. Sponsored by the Center for the Arts, the gala is from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Maryland Golf and Country Clubs. The dancing stars, many with no dance experience, are engaging in private dance lessons with the professional dance instructors from Dancing with Friends Dance Studio.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
The state Democratic Party's annual gala was no place for campaign speeches on Wednesday night.   That might seem odd to casual observers. After all, a big primary election is a month away, and the vast ballroom at Martin's Camelot in Prince George's County was filled with top elected officials, candidates and campaign donors. But the gala - a large fundraising event - was a time to talk about party unity and the need for voter turnout efforts in the primary and general elections.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | May 7, 2014
"This started a year ago," Ann Giroux said, surrounded by gift bags and silent auction items in her Greenway mansion with its tulip-lined walkway overlooking Sherwood Gardens. Giroux was referring to the planning for the Champagne and Tulips Gala on Saturday, May 10, a $200-a-ticket, black-tie fundraiser for the gardens, one of Baltimore's biggest seasonal tourist attractions. But she could just as easily have been referring to Guilford's ambitious centennial celebration that began last year.
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By Benn Ray benn@atomicbooks.com | May 6, 2014
The first Saturday in May is traditionally one of the biggest days for events of the year, and Saturday, May 3 is no exception First, it's Free Comic Book Day. That means comic shops all over the country have about 50 different free comics that they're giving away. Here in Hampden, my shop, Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, will start giving away comics as soon as the doors open at 11 a.m.. And it's a variety of titles from The Simpsons to Archie to Hello Kitty to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy to DC's Teen Titans.
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By Michael Dresser | April 25, 2014
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan will be the main speaker at the Maryland Democratic Party's annual gala May 21 in Upper Marlboro, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday. Hassan, the nation's only Democratic female governor, was elected in 2012 with the help of O'Malley when he served as chairman of the Democratic Governor's Association.  O'Malley, who is expected to be a frequent visitor to New Hampshire over the next two years as he looks toward a likely presidential run, issued a statement praising Hassan's record in office.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray were back together again Friday night. Jokes were cracked and smiles were frequent as the former teammates reminisced about being raised "the Oriole Way," and talked about the resurgence of an Orioles franchise they expect to contend again in 2014. Murray was honored by Ripken and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, along with Japanese baseball legend Sachio Kinugasa and New Jersey high school basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr. But as Murray and Kinugasa joined Ripken at a press conference announcing the honorees, Murray joked, "You people just came to see him. " Murray and Kinugasa, who flew in from Japan for the foundation's 10th annual Aspire Gala, were the men of the night, though, not Ripken, who said he chose Murray because he wanted to celebrate both his "special relationship" with Ripken's father and his Hall-of-Fame career.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | April 15, 2013
Charles Curlett paid $2,000 Saturday night for a Cartier watch worth $5,600. "And for a good cause," said the attorney from Oakenshawe. But Curlett won't have the unisex watch all to himself. "We're going to share it," said his wife, Christina. Curlett was among more than 200 people who packed Gutierrez Studios in Woodberry for the third annual "Hats Off to Hampden Family Center," a gala fundraiser featuring silent and live auctions and live music. The Hampden Family Center provides everything from after-school enrichment and tutoring for area schoolchildren to lunches for senior citizens and assistance to families in applying for food stamps and other social services.
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By Dale Austin and Dale Austin,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 7, 1990
LAUREL -- Heavily favored Gala Goldilocks romped to her third consecutive easy victory yesterday in the $75,000 What A Summer Stakes at Laurel Race Course.The speedster owned by Gertrude Leviton of Atlantic City, N.J., won by seven lengths over Nicki, second choice in a field of five 2-year-old Maryland-bred fillies.Indian Anthem finished third, followed by Wide Country and An Air Frolic.Gala Goldilocks went into the seven-furlong What A Summer with triumphs against maidens in an allowance race and in the 6 1/2 -furlong Cameo Stakes here Oct. 8. Her time was 1 minute, 23 4/5 seconds.
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November 13, 2013
The Laurel Regional Hospital Foundation's Crystal Heart awards gala this year will serve as a fundraiser for the development of a new women's health care facility. "The fundraiser is going to help us get this women's health care center going," Dr. Trudy Hall, Laurel Regional's vice president for medical affairs, said of the Dec. 6 event, which is a black-tie affair with lavish food and entertainment. Since the gala debuted 24 years ago, money raised usually has been spread to fund equipment purchases, renovation projects and programs.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley and Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas congressman seen as a rising star in Democratic circles, will share a stage Thursday night at an annual fundraiser for Maryland's party faithful. O'Malley, term-limited and weighing a 2016 bid for president, will be the keynote speaker at the Maryland Democratic Party's fundraising gala in Prince George's County, the organization announced Monday. Castro, whose appearance was announced a month ago, will be the guest speaker.
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