Pictured: Cheryl Williams, Alonza Williams, Wanda Draper and Robert Draper More than 500 guests came to the Marriott Waterfront Baltimore for the Chimes Gala with several things to celebrate. There was the 65th anniversary of the organization, which provides services to the disabled. Many folks came to salute the evening's honoree, Bob Wallace, BITH Energy founder/president. Then, there was the evening's entertainment -- the Temptations, the Pointer Sisters and Little Anthony and the Imperials. "[It's] the best talent that some old people like me remember," said Patrick Bagley, Chimes International chair and event co-chair with A.C. George, Chimes Foundation chair. "I grew up with [the emcee, '60s DJ] Cousin Brucie," said Marty Lampner, Chimes president/CEO. "I'm a little young for this, but I remember all of these acts. I was just a kid though. Really," said Wanda Draper, WBAL-TV director of programming, as her husband, Dr. Robert Draper, Johns Hopkins Hospital orthopedic surgeon, and friends Alonzo Williams, Baltimore-based author, and Cheryl Williams, Lutheran World Relief marketing director, joined her in that protestation and then cracked up.
Karen Jackson, for The Baltimore Sun