Parents and friends of the Downtown Baltimore Children's Centers gathered at Hidden Waters for an evening of tasting fine wines and desserts and bidding on some neat auction items.
The party was a benefit for the two nonprofit child-care centers, which will use the money for scholarships for needy children.
It was a sentimental evening for Anita Prentice and Ron Schultz, who are retiring after many years on the board; and for Lewis Goldman and Lydia Vandenbergh, who are coming on board as president and vice president.
Others enjoying the activities included their spouses -- Nat Prentice of Alex. Brown; Nita Schultz of Gallagher, Evelius & Jones; Kathryn Goldman from Quinn, Ward & Kershaw; David Vandenbergh of Johns Hopkins Hospital -- and Nancy Kramer, )) executive director of the child-care centers for 10 years, and her husband, Robert, of Reliable Stores.
Nearby were George and Allison Wood -- he's a First National VP, and offered his house in Maine for a vacation getaway as an auction item; Jon and Dorothy Baker -- he's the founder of Ben Nevis Capital Management; Geoffrey and Nancy Tobias -- he's with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, and she runs the HIPPY Home Instruction curriculum for Baltimore County; Karla Kuskin, children's book author; architects David Benn and Diane Cho; Hap and Liz Schroeder, another First National Bank VP; Susie Chisolm and her husband, Fred Struever; and Ann Riggle and her husband, Bill Struever, of Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse.
Needy Marylanders are fortunate to have a pool of more than 1,800 lawyers who donate time during the year to the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS). I stopped by the Commodore Club at Pier 500, where MVLS presented awards to Nicholas J. Delambo; Whiteford, Taylor & Preston; Wicomico County Bar Association; and Judith De Libera for services they provided during the year.
Winifred Borden, MVLS executive director, presided over the legal-beagle party made up of Ed Shea, president of the Maryland Bar Association; Chris Lambert, Jack Somerville and Lou Close from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston; Kathleen Becksted, president of the Wicomico County Bar Association; and Gloria Warren, president of the MVLS board. Other guests were Tom Corey, Jerry Walsh, Deborah Dopkin, Roger Perkins and Ed Clark.
Around town: Harbor Court Hotel was the place to see and be seen last week. "L.A. Law's" Michael Tucker was spotted having breakfast in the coffee shop while Corbin Bernsen was working out in the health club . . .
Morgan Creek Productions selected Ami Taubenfeld and her Great Occasions Catering firm to "do" breakfast for the more than 500 extras working on the filming of "Major League II." Imagine this: The extras are munching 75 dozen doughnuts, 55 gallons of coffee and 45 gallons of tea each day. One extra spotted enjoying the coffee after a long night at Memorial Stadium was Carol Martinez, wife of former Baltimore Oriole Tippy . . .
Sarah and Jim Brady, who have spent many hours promoting the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, will be the guests of honor at the Shock Trauma Gala at the Towson Center, April 30 . . .
Congrats to Michael Sullivan, president and CEO of Merry-Go-Round Enterprises, who will pick up the Maryland Retail Merchants Association's top award at the annual Merchant's Ball Nov. 13 . . .
If you're a night owl, you might want to tune in Norman Sailors' new show on WBAL-radio. "Norm at Night" began last weekend and can be heard on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m . . .
More than 130 golfers paid $1,000 each to play in the sixth annual Catholic Charities Golf Classic at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel in Potomac.
This is the sixth year that J. P. Blase Cooke, president of Harkins Builders, has been chairman for the tourney.
But he got a lot of help from David Borden, Black & Decker vice president; Francis A. Contino, Ernst & Young; John Dillon, C&P; Telephone vice president; Charles Dunlap, president, Crown Central Petroleum; Robert Hohman, president, L. H. Cranston & Sons; James Knott, president, James F. Knott Development Corp.; Fredric R. Schultz, vice president, Insurance Buyers' Council; J. Scott Wilfong, vice president, First National Bank; and Carl A. J. Wright, president of Don Richards Associates.
No word on their scores, but the Catholic Charities sure scored big on this one. I'm told they are the largest nongovernmental social service provider in our state, so fund-raisers like this one are important.