Movie and politics dominate the party circuit


A LITTLE RAIN didn't dampen the spirits of the folks attending the Baltimore premiere of "Avalon" Sunday evening at the Senator Theatre. VIPs like Mayor and Mrs. Kurt Schmoke, Gov. William Donald Schaefer; Senator Theatre owner Tom Kiefaber; Maryland Film Commission's Jay Schlossberg-Cohen; well-known talk show host Larry King and many others joined film maker Barry Levinson and his wife, Diana, at the premiere. Cast members Armin Mueller-Stahl and Lou Jacobi came to town for the event.

At the B&O; Museum, guests enjoyed a gourmet affair catered by Stanley and Charlotte Pressman. Members and friends of the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation were ecstatic about raising $50,000 for cancer research. Guests included Shirley and Al Saval, Myles and Beverly Feldman, Maren Yumkas and Bruce Blum, Barbara and Ben Blum, Elaine and Buddy Finkelstein, Elaine and Bill Fox; Revanne and Mickey Aronoff, Eunice and Sidney Friedman, Clara and Ben Linkoff, Phyllis and Dick Aarons, Adele and Danny Marcus, Rose Greene, Joyce Jefferson and Dr. Stanley Brown and his wife, Edie, who was telling Diana Levinson stories about Barry's behavior when she taught him in the eighth grade. Maybe that's why Levinson's so bright!

* In case you haven't heard, we have an election coming up in November, so please don't forget to vote. And with elections come fund-raising parties where the party faithful gather to back their candidates.

Last Thursday evening, it was Baltimore County Executive Dennis Rasmussen's turn. He and his wife, Joan, stood in line for hours greeting guests at the Towson Center.

Rasmussen's chief of staff, Bob Infussi, said approximately 3,500 tickets had been sold, and I think most of them came to the party. One of the first people I saw was Rasmussen's treasurer, Towson attorney Bob DiCicco, who seemed pleased with the turnout. It was a family event for the DiCiccos with wife Emily and their daughter, Kell, working the ticket tables.

And of course, members of the Rasmussen family were there in " full force: standing with Dennis and Joan were their daughters, Candice and Kristy, nearby Dennis' mom and dad, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rasmussen; Joan's mom, Mrs. Joan Hall, and Dennis' brother, Charles, who worked long hours helping Steve Verch of Baltimore County Community Development decorate the Towson Center.

Also on hand were Harold Long, a key player in Garry Brewster's bid for a seat in the House of Delegates; Vince Gardina, who knocked off incumbent Norman Lauenstein to become the Democratic candidate for the County Council; Joe Levitt, Zamoiski Co., was chatting with Elaine Hettleman, executive director of the Leadership Program for Baltimore County Chamber, and her daughter, Deborah; Larry Rachuba, Baltimore County builder; Lois Rosenfield, who was with her dynamo PR whiz sister, Phyllis Brotman; Ron Creamer and Bob Cannon, Weinberg & Green; my very favorite Ocean City doctor, Lenny Berger, who owns the Ocean City Sheraton as well as that swinging night spot with all the palm trees on the beach, the Ocean City Beach Club; Shirley Bukowski, Realtor; John Dietrich, First National Bank veep; Freddie Saxon, Berkshire Corp; Jim Gast, attorney; Glenn Ercole, MacKenzie & Associates; Angela and John Korologos, owners of the Double T Diner; former Baltimore mayor "Young" Tommy D'Alesandro and his pretty wife, Margie; Maury Schwartzman, a living legend among Baltimore tennis pros, who at 75 still teaches at Bare Hills Tennis Club, which is owned by the DiCiccos; and last but certainly not least on the Baltimore scene Ed Haile, owner of the Baltimore Blast.

Haile and Rasmussen are old friends, going back to long before either of them became well known. Haile told me he'd just flown in from New York where he'd hosted a small -- 20 or so shipping types -- fund-raiser for Gov. William Donald Schaefer. The Guv was supposed to have come to the Rasmussen party but was a little slower because he took the train from New York. Nearby was Haile's popular Blast Coach Kenny Cooper, who was surrounded by admirers. And there were scads of politicos.

We left the Towson Center with sore feet from standing on a concrete floor for so long and joined a bevy of others who decided to wait until they got to Dici Naz Velleggia's to have a yummy dinner.

* Around Town: Carol McGowan and Margaret McManus, the two women members of the Maryland Racing Commission, were seen in Annapolis last week. Seems they were meeting with a joint subcommittee of the General Assembly to discuss the difficulties of harness track owner Mark Vogel . . . If you haven't made plans for Sunday, then grab your partner and head for Martin's West for the Arthritis Foundation's Bull Roast, 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 each, and there will be lots of good grub, dancing and door prizes. Call 561-8090 for ticket information.

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