Gala will marshal support for Gettysburg monument


BLACK TIE, CIVIL WAR or modern military uniform or period attire" are your choices of what to wear if you'd like to attend the Monument Ball at Notre Dame Prep Saturday. Steve Bockmiller is chairing the fund-raiser, which will honor all the soldiers of the .. Battle of Gettysburg with music and pageantry.

Tickets are only $20 for light fare, non-alcoholic beverages and dancing to the music of the well-known Tuckahoe Social Orchestra, directed by Joe Ayres. And perchance you need a few dance lessons, dance master Phillip D.K. Troll will be on hand.

It's hard to believe that Maryland is one of the few Civil War states that does not have its own monument on the Gettysburg battlefield. But it's true, and party planners are hoping this ball will call attention to the fact that funds are needed to erect such a monument to honor the Confederate and Union soldiers who clashed there during the first three days of July 1863.

The sculpture committee, led by artist Reuben Kramer, has selected three finalists to do the work -- Abbe Godwin, North Carolina; William Ludwig, Louisiana; and Tylden W. Streett, Maryland.

If you're interested in attending or making a contribution, call James Holecheck, Citizens for a Maryland Monument in Gettysburg, at 433-7187.

Hundreds of the state's most influential and civic-minded figures in the black community showed up for Project Survival's 13th Annual Testimonial Dinner, which honored Parks Sausage chairman and CEO Raymond Haysbert and NAACP National Director Dr. Benjamin Hooks.

Spectacular-looking Flair Agency models escorted Congressman Kweisi Mfume, Sam Lacy, Catherine Pugh, Vernon Wolst and Henry Brown to the head table, along with Channel 2 anchors Stan Stovall and Beverly Burke, who emceed the festivities.

Spotted in the crowd were Virgil Scott, Pepsi vice president; attorney Billy Murphy; State Sen. Nathan Irby Jr; Delegate Larry Young and City Councilwoman Jackie McLean. Many of the high school students receiving Project Survival college scholarships were also at the dinner.

The Advertising and Professional Club, in cooperation with WJZ-TV, will host a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency on June 4 to honor ABC News correspondent Carole Simpson as its 1991 Woman of the Year. Cocktails are served at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and a few words from Simpson. For ticket information, call 750-2977.

"Non-stop Pop, Bop and Hop . . . 'til you Drop" doesn't sound like a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert, but I'm betting it's a selection that will benefit the orchestra in grand style.

Jeanne and Michael Sullivan, he's president and CEO of Merry-Go-Round Enterprises, are chairing this year's gala, which will begin with a short concert at the Meyerhoff, followed by cocktails, dinner, dancing and maybe a little shopping in The Gallery at Harborplace and the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel. The Sullivans are hoping to attract at least 2,000 guests and raise more than $300,000. All shops on the four levels of The Gallery will be open for an exclusive shopping experience. Two bands of national reputation, the Loren Schoenberg Big Band ala Benny Goodman style, and the D.C.-based Julia & Company, featuring "golden oldies" and Top 40, will perform. Schoenberg worked with Goodman as a musician and personal manger and currently supervises the Benny Goodman Archives at Yale University. Julia Nixon, of Julia & Company, played the lead role of Effie in the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls."

Although the BSO Gala doesn't take place until Sept. 7, all of the Platinum Record tickets, $500 a pop, are sold out. But there are still Gold Record tickets, $300 each, and Top 40 Record tickets for $100. Call the BSO Gala Office, 783-8016 if you'd like to attend.

Hunt Valley Mall is hosting a "Single Mingle" on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. till 9 p.m.. Registration is $1 and all proceeds go to the Maryland Food Committee. This new concept of "shopping" will include a Lover Shopping workshop by Dr. Martin Gallatin, a single celebrity kissing booth (chocolate kisses only) and much more. Single celebs Miss Maryland, Kimberly Grimm; Baltimore Blast players Mark Mettrick, Angelo Panzetta, Joe Barger, Hank Henry, Chris Haywood and Dominic Seltham; WMAR-TV reporters Mary Beth Marsden, Jamie Costello and Carolyn Presutti. Dr. Kim Hammond, well-known Baltimore veterinarian, and 92 STAR personality E.J. Fox are expected to make an appearance. Call Joan Allen, 785-3770, for a complete schedule of special events.

If you're ever in the mood for some good jazz, you might want to check out Brenda Alford at Churchill's Cheers Pub. She's there on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 to midnight. She has performed with jazz greats Lou Donaldson and Sonny Stitt; starred in a one-woman show, "Here's to you, Miss Holiday" and also played the nightclub singer in "Avalon." Churchill's is at 225 N. Liberty St. And more good news, there is free parking after 5 p.m. See you there.

State Sen. Janice Piccinini has appointed former assistant attorney general Carolyn J. Rodis as her administrative assistant. Rodis will work in the district office and in Annapolis during the legislative session. She's the co-author of a "how-to" manual for lawyers who take pro bono civil cases and is working on a book concerning adoption issues.

The Baltimore Convention Center is the scene of an earthshaking convention all this week. More than 2,200 geophysicists from around the world will gather to discuss global ozone depletion, water tables and nuclear waste. Welcome!

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