Learning Bank fund-raiser bowls a strike


The "fun" was put back in fund-raising at last Sunday's Bowling for Scholars, where nearly 300 people filled 48 lanes at Towson Fair Lanes. Lainy LeBow-Sachs and Leonard Sachs spearheaded the day's activities, which raised more than $60,000 for The Learning Bank.

On hand to cheer people such as Ed Porter from IBM, who rolled the highest score of the day with eight strikes in a row, were Doug Becker, CEO of Sylvan Learning Centers, sponsor of the event; Bob Embry, Abell Foundation, and his sculptor wife, Mary Ann Mears, and their four daughters; Otis Warren, Otis Warren Management Co.; Norman Taylor, United Way, and his wife, Bea; Tony Deering, Rouse Company; Walter Amprey, superintendent of Baltimore City Public Schools, and his wife, Freda; Jim Brady, CEO Arthur Andersen, who was last year's high scorer; and the Learning Bank's director, Sister Mary Judith Schmelz, who was pleased that so many had turned out to help her adult literacy center in southwest Baltimore.


Little did Joanne Smith, who's a member of the Suburban Club, know when she left for her stay at The (beautiful) Phoenician hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., that, while there, she would accomplish something that few golfers ever do. She hit a 130-yard drive with a seven iron to get the first hole-in-one of her life on the 8th hole of the Phoenician golf course. Her shot was witnessed by Edgar Bronfman.

That's exciting news, but there's more. Because she was part of the Seagram conventioneers playing the course, Lufthansa Airlines has offered her two tickets to anywhere in Europe and a one-week stay at an Austrian hotel. Hmmm, wonder if they have a golf course!


April 28-30, the Paint and Powder Club will be doing what it has done best for 101 years: entertaining Baltimoreans, while raising money for charity. This year's show, "Twice Is Good," is based on show tunes from current Broadway revivals and will benefit the Scottish Rites Foundation. As a matter of fact, the show has a cast of nearly 50 who will perform in the auditorium of the Scottish Rites Temple, Charles and 39th streets.

One Paint and Powder member who'll be onstage is Kip Chapple, who has been in every show for nearly 40 years. If you'd like tickets -- $17.50 per person -- call Rob Maslin, president of the Paint and Powder, at (410) 244-6438, or his wife, Jan, at (410) 337-0852, or Frank Fiske at (410) 560-8022. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.


Jimmy Johnson, former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, will pop into the Flight 3 Studios today to pop out of a suitcase. Yep, he's the latest draftee selected by Choice Hotels International to star in their famous television commercials.

He's also the featured player in the "Guess Where Jimmy's Going!" sweepstakes. Guests at Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn Hotels throughout the country can enter their guesses on Jimmy's next coaching job. The winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to the Super Bowl. Gosh, that doesn't sound too difficult, does it?


Congratulations to:

The Milton Inn, which was recently honored by Conde Nast Traveler readers, who ranked this Sparks restaurant as the 14th best in the country . . .

Werner R. Kunz, managing director of Harbor Court Hotel since 1990, who is the new executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Murdock Hotel Corp. Kunz will continue to manage Harbor Court, which is owned by Murdock, but he will definitely pile up frequent-flier miles between Baltimore and corporate headquarters in Los Angeles and the company's landmark hotel, the Cornhusker in Lincoln, Neb. . . .

Lisa DeLeonardis, project archaeologist at the Center for Urban Archaeology of the Baltimore City Life Museums, who has been named a Fulbright Scholar. She'll use the scholarship to continue her doctoral research on the Formative Period (700 B.C.-100 B.C.) settlement in south coastal Peru, South America.

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