Nordstrom gala to benefit Junior League


The telephone number for the Junior League of Baltimore was incorrect in Sylvia Badger's column yesterday. The correct number is 243-0772.

The Sun regrets the errors.

What do 100,000 pairs of shoes, 18,000 butlered hors d'oeuvres, 11 bars, two fashion shows and three bands have in common? They are just a few of the highlights at the Nordstrom opening at Towson Town Center Sept. 9, which will benefit the Junior League of Baltimore's community projects.

Kathy Valentine, sales promotion director of Nordstrom, is handling the arrangements for the gala and led a group of people on a tour of the store Monday. In addition to yours truly, Junior League President Deb Kennedy; gala chair Pam Malester; gala assistant chair Dina Klicos, who's just agreed to become public relations director for the League; Nancy Gall Aronson, gala public relations; and caterer Charles Levine got a look at where the music, food, bars, etc., would be located.

Members of the Nordstrom family will be among the more than 2,000 guests at the opening. But don't let that number stop you from attending. The store is so big, it could handle twice that number.

If you'd like to attend, every penny of your $75 ticket goes to the League. And Nordstrom is spending a lot more than that per person for this opening as a special present to Baltimore. For more information, call League headquarters at (410) 243-0770, or if you'd like to charge your tickets, call (410) 296-2111. See you there.


When you have the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful beaches, good restaurants and hotels, what more could you want? Well, the powers that be in Ocean City want a few more golfers, so they are busy touting the fact that there are 10 golf courses in the vicinity of Ocean City, aka O.C.

I heard about package deals for golfers and exciting Labor Day weekend power boat races while on a two-hour ride around Baltimore harbor aboard the beautiful yacht Mary Lynn, which belongs to the Maryland Port Authority.

Ocean City Mayor Fish Powell brought a contingent of distinguished citizens from Maryland's most popular resort city to town Monday for Ocean City Night at Oriole Park. The host was Hal Donofrio, president and CEO of Richardson, Meyers & Donofrio, which recently landed a contract to handle a splashy Ocean City advertising campaign.

On board to exchange ideas were Jim Fox, general manager of Variety 104.3 FM radio; John Dillon, C&P;'s director of communications; Wayne Chappell, Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association; and Chris Hartman, vice president of Richardson, Myers & Donofrio.

Ocean City's business community was represented by Buddy Jenkins, owner of the Jolly Roger, the Pier and Thrashers; Dennis Dare, O.C. manager; Brice Phillips, Phillips Crab House; Hale Harrison, Quality Inn and Harrison's, and John Fager, owner of Fager's Island.

Traveling with them were members of the Ocean City Council: Rick Meehan, council president who sells real estate and owns a clothing store; Sally Hacking, who sells real estate and teaches aerobics; Buck Mann, condo management; Hank Westfall,

retired government worker; Jim Hall, miniature golf and amusements; and Jim Mathias, real estate, T-shirt shop and amusements.

If there's one message they would like for me to leave you with, it is, "Ocean City does not open on Memorial Day and close on Labor Day." So if you're interested in a little golf, call (800) 4-OC-GOLF.


MIX-106.5 FM radio is working on a present for NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. MIX hopes to collect 106,000 signatures on two 600-square-foot "Give Baltimore the Ball" billboards.

If you'd like to sign the billboards, they will be at Harborplace today for the noon football rally, featuring lots of former Colts players. Your last chance to sign will be Labor Day weekend at the Maryland State Fair.


Baltimore Billiards will celebrate the opening of its newest location at 7701 Eastern Ave. in Eastpoint with a billiards exhibition by Ewa Mataya, No. 1 ranked women's professional player in the world, and Mike Sigel, a White Marsh resident who is one of the top men's players in the world. Stop by on Friday from noon to 2 p.m.


Welcome Dale and Laura Garvin to Baltimore on Friday. He's the new general manager of the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor and comes to us from the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan and the Hyatt Regency in Lexington, Ky. Richard Morgan left the Baltimore Hyatt for the Lake Tahoe Hyatt, which sounds like a good trade to me.


I'm told that Baltimore commercial director Brian Keller is having a great year. Seems he's flying all over the country to direct commercials that feature the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Milton Berle, Ted Danson, Mary Lou Retton and Baltimore's multimillion-dollar baby, Cal Ripken Jr.

Keller's also working a project with Len Elmore, former UM/professional basketball star and ESPN talent.

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