Gladys Knight put on a vintage performance for the sellout crowd at the Meyerhoff last Sunday evening. Her renditions of "That's What Friends Are For" and "Beauty and the Beast" brought members of the audience to their feet.
The evening was also a smashing $100,000 fund-raising success for Advocates for Children and Youth and Court Appointed Special Advocates. Terry and (Dr.) Jim Rubenstein, who chaired the event, were introduced and praised by corporate chair Lou Grasmick. And you should have seen Buddy Meyerhoff beaming as his daughter, Terry, took the bows for a job well done.
More than 300 guests began the evening with a cocktail reception at the Gaines McHale Antiques showroom and warehouse. Jean McHale, who returned from a European buying trip that very day, lent the use of her place to the agencies. Mike McHale, Diane and John Baum, Peggy Mainor and Andy Freeman, and Susan Leviton and Jeff Lauren helped organize the event.
Among those seen at the Meyerhoff were Gloria Evangelisti, Towson State Faculty, who had as her guest her longtime friend, Lady Ashworth of Dumbarton, Nancy Grasmick, Pat and Buzzy Krongard, Clarisse Mechanic, Joe DeFrancis with Lois Webster on his arm, Carol and Hannan Sibel, Marcie and Kevin Abel, Marilyn and Nelson Sabatini, Ruth and Bishop Robinson, John Paterakis, Joan and Elmer Horsey, and a group of women whom Lou Grasmick refers to as the Baltimore County superstars (might have something to do with the fact that they raised $17,000 last year for the House with a Heart program): Sue Dingle, Jane Gordon, Marcia Hoffman, Susan Law, Cheryl Griffin, Pat Blair, Sharon Gilwee, Mary Ann Papafotis and Peggy Schafer.
Members of Network 2000 are planning a power breakfast with (( Cokie Roberts, ABC journalist and National Public Radio broadcaster, on March 8 at the Hyatt Regency. She'll be chatting about women and politics -- a topic she learned at a young age as the daughter of the late Rep. Hale Boggs, D-La., who was House Majority Leader.
Cokie Roberts does something few broadcast journalists can -- a bang-up job on both radio and television. She's often a substitute for Ted Koppel on ABC's "Nightline," but I like her best on "This Week with David Brinkley," also on ABC, where this savvy journalist speaks her mind alongside Mr. Brinkley, George Will and Sam Donaldson.
The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. sharp, and tickets are $35. Please call (410) 789-7161 for ticket information, and I hope to see you there.
Congratulations to Skip Brown, whom the Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce selected as its "Port Leader of the Year." This award is presented annually to someone whose contributions have helped the growth of the port of Baltimore. Skip's contributions have included helping raise funds for a MPT documentary, "Port Baltimore"; for developing The Maryland Distribution Council; and for his work with the Baltimore Harbor Endowment.
Brown is the fourth generation of the Brown family to have managed Belt's Wharf Warehouses, now known as The Belt Corporation. He'll be honored at a March 16 luncheon at the Radisson Lord Baltimore. Tickets are $30, and you may call Tony McHale at (410) 633-0580 to reserve yours.
Gretta Estey, a much-admired fund-raiser who left Baltimore for a position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York state, has been lured back to town. She's accepted the position of vice-president of Development and associate dean at the University Medical Center.
She'll be directing the Medical Center's capital campaign, which is being chaired by Dick Hug. The goal is $125 million, of which $82 million has been raised. Money is earmarked for an array of programs, which include patient care facilities, research and construction.
On Sunday, March 27, I will run a list of April, May and June social events. Please fax or mail your information to me by March 18, and include all pertinent information and a telephone number for verification. My fax number is (410) 783-2519, and my mailing address is in care of The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.