North Arundel Hospital put on the ritz Saturday night for its SilverAnniversary Ball at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore.

More than 850 men and women decked out in black tie or formal wear were treated to a 1930s Art Deco atmosphere and the big-band sounds of the Gene Donati Orchestra.

Twenty-foot columns of balloons bedecked the escalator to the second floor, where men in gangster suits greeted guests. Flappers handed women long pearl-beaded necklaces to get them in a festive mood, photographers dressed in knickers and caps took free photos and pictures of movie stars of days past plastered the walls.

Proceeds from the $160-a-person evening will be used to establish a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the hospital. The lab uses catheters and radiological technology to check for blockages in coronary arteries that may lead to heart attacks.

North Arundel has the only such lab in Anne Arundel County.

One of the highlights of the gala was the presentation of a $100,000 check to hospital president and chief executiveofficer Alfred Bryan Jr. and chairman of the board Wilfred T. Azar by Joel D. Fedder, ball chairman.

NAH plans to make the ball an annual event, spokesman Kevin Murnane said. Planning will begin soon fornext year's ball, which may have a Mardi Gras theme.

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