Stargazers enjoy a party for the House of Ruth


Dr. Jim D'Orta, outgoing medical director for the state of Maryland and an emergency physician at Franklin Square Hospital, and Vickie Rosellini, president of Absolute Care Ambulance Co, co-chaired a party for the House of Ruth at Dr. D'Orta's Rehoboth Beach home last weekend. Both agreed to chair this fund-raiser because of all the domestic violence they have seen in their jobs.

The invitation said film stars Winona Ryder and Melanie Griffith would be at the party to hobnob with guests.

(Although Ms. Griffith couldn't make it, she sent a check for $1,000 for the House of Ruth.)

Winona Ryder did make the party and stayed for more than an hour with her boyfriend, Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum's lead singer. But she was too shy to mingle with the 200 or so people who paid $100 to attend the reception, which was held in two tents behind D'Orta's home.

Dr. D'Orta also served for many years on the Maryland Film Commission's advisory board, which put him in direct contact with many of the stars who've made movies here. Plus he's well-connected to the world of film through his uncle, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, who was the producer of most of the James Bond movies.

D'Orta even got Michelle Pfeiffer to agree to be an honorary chair, along with former Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Hilda Mae Snoops (who made the trip to the party in an ambulance) and Baltimore County Executive Dutch Ruppersberger and his wife, Kay.

Others who stopped by were Joe DeFrancis, owner of Laurel and Pimlico race courses, with his friend Lois Webster and his mom, Mae DeFrancis; Crown Central Petroleum chairman Henry Rosenberg and his wife, Dot; Carole Alexander, executive director of the House of Ruth; Dorothy Lennig, director of the legal clinic for the House of Ruth, and her husband, Skip; Doug Becker of Sylvan Learning Center; Carrie LeBow, community relations manager for the House of Ruth; Adam Goldsmith of the Goldsmith Family Foundation; and Brice and Shirley Phillips, owners of the Phillips Seafood restaurants.

Sounds like just the group to enjoy the reggae band.

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Rand and Chip Mason (he's chairman of Legg Mason); Harriet and Jeff Legum (Legum Chevrolet); Sharon and Steve Seymour (he's Rockland Investment); and Annie Keller of Adjustable Comfort Inc. surprised their pal, Baltimore businessman Ted Herget, with a birthday party at Cafe Hon, his favorite Hampden eatery. They enjoyed a mini-wine tasting with orders that ranged from crab cakes and cheese-steak subs to chocolate cake with buttercream icing.

'Academy Awards'

The Academy of Travel, Tourism & Hospitality held its first "Academy Awards" night at the National Aquarium. Although Baltimore's academy, housed in Southwestern High School, is only a year old, it has about 120 students interested in pursuing careers in the tourism, travel and hospitality industry. (There are about 50 academies throughout the country.)

More than 650 people came to congratulate award winning industry professionals Jack Elsby (Brass Elephant), Gary Oster (Stouffer Renaissance Harborplace Hotel), Nick Brown (National Aquarium), Mark Joseph (Yellow Transportation), Joe Lamkin (Southwest Airlines), Gail Kaplan (Classic Catering), Brian Haysbert (Service America), George Williams (DEED), Delegate Howard Rawlings and William Donald Schaefer, who was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mike Whipple, Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel manager, received the Founder's Day award.

Twenty-two academy students worked on the event, and all proceeds were earmarked for the academy.

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