Getting to sample dozens of specialties from local chefs and food purveyors was just the start of a very entertaining evening at the Spotlight Gala benefiting the Maryland/Southern Delaware chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Sure, there was a silent and live auction at the American Visionary Art Museum shindig. But guests could also partake in a few more unusual activities. In addition to being greeted by event co-chairs Tami and Jason Fruman, and chapter executive director Katie Ramirez, they could also get their photos taken with Raven Dennis Pitta. Then it was on to getting lip prints read by a lipsologist, or portraits sketched by one of two artists. They could play spin the bottle in a blind auction; instead of winning a kiss, a participant would win a bag with an unknown prize inside. For musical entertainment, a steel drum band was playing on one floor, while a glass harpist performed on another. "Here's a little of Handel's Flute Sonata," announced Jamey Turner, as his hands flew over rows of partially filled stem glasses; a twinkly tune materializing as his fingertips glided around the rims. "[We're] doing a little bit of education, but having a lot of fun at the same time," said Scott Canuel, board president. "I mean, this place is fun." If you are planning a fundraising party that you would like considered for coverage, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by Karen Jackson, For The Baltimore Sun