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Scene & Heard: Believe in Tomorrow benefit
Peter Grogan attended the the 29th annual Benefit & Auction for the Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation.
Folks filed into the North Club Lounge at M&T Bank Stadium for the 29th annual Benefit & Auction for the Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation, which provides overnight accommodations for families of children dealing with medical crises. There, they were greeted by Dave Reymann, board chair, his wife Tammy Reymann, community volunteer, and Brian Morrison, founder/CEO.
From there, it was on to browse a large array of goodies -- both at the variety of food stations from local restaurants and at the organization's silent auction tables.
"I want the black balloon dress from Party Dress," said Bonnie Aubuchon, Believe In Tomorrow development associate. She had abandoned her husband, Dave Holmes, Marketplace at Fells Point developer, to do a little "shopping."
"I like the sports items," said Ron Matz, WJZ TV reporter, referring to items like a Speedo swim cap signed by Michael Phelps.
Meanwhile, his date, Janice Levitt, psychotherapist, held a sheaf of raffle tickets in her hand.
"We're trying to win the 50-50," she explained.
"I almost bid on that 'Sail and Stay for a Day [item].' Then, I realized who the captain was," said Mike Parker, SAIC finance manager, referring to the boat's owner, his friend Trent Waite, board member.
For Bob Hunter, DAP chief financial officer -- there with his wife, Christie Hunter, board member -- the highlight of the evening would come a little later.
"The biggest thing is when one of the families [the organization has helped] tells their story and talk about how much it means to them," he said.
Morrison watched the lounge fill with guests and marveled at the sight.
"As bad as the economy is ... people keep coming forward to help," he said.
-- Sloane Brown
October 26, 2011