Tom Mullen and Betsy Wilhelm This was not your usual scene at Power Plant Live. Instead of hundreds of casually clad folks making the rounds of the bars there, hundreds of people in gowns and tuxes were seated at dozens of beautifully set dinner tables arranged in the courtyard of the nightclub complex. This was "Mercy LIVE!," Mercy Medical Center's newest gala -- a melding and revamping of Mercy's two longtime fundraisers, "NICk and yoU" and "Mercy Magic." "It's very rare that people are fully clothed here at Power Plant Live, [much less] in dressy attire," said a laughing Lindsay Simmons, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reading specialist. If that wasn't surreal enough, guests were entertained by acrobatic dancers who performed on long silk scarves hanging above them. "They really stole the show," said Mindy Moore, a registered nurse for the VA. The party for the downtown Baltimore hospital sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy also took a cue from the venue's name, giving its own spin on "Saturday Night Live." "We had an 'SNL' parody with Sister Helen [Amos, Mercy Medical Center board executive chair]. It was unbelievable," said Tom Mullen, Mercy Medical Center CEO. "That was just a little levity to help people get into the spirit of the evening. It was fun," said Amos, downplaying her surprise comedic turn. "Those sisters are nuts," said Joe Tavarez, PNC Healthcare associate, as he roared with laughter. If you are planning a fundraising party you would like considered for Scene & Heard coverage, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Jackson, For The Baltimore Sun