A wealth of activity for Maryland Million race


THE MARYLAND MILLION weekend is always a busy one for its founder, Jim (McKay) McManus, and his wife, Margaret, and this weekend was no exception. Friday, they attended the Maryland Million's 10th anniversary party at the Baltimore dTC Country Club. Saturday, they were hosts at a luncheon for 24 people in the director's room in the Sky Box at Laurel Park, where this second most important race in the state was run. Today, they are scheduled to fly to Los Angeles with their daughter, Mary Fontelieu, and her son, James, to attend a black-tie Television Hall of Fame dinner. Jim is one of the copy inductees, and I am told that CBS will film the dinner for a special it plans to air later.

Roast and toast

Rep. Connie Morella was the guest of honor at the recent Friends of Olney Theatre's Fifth Annual Roast and Toast held at the Doubletree Hotel in Rockville. ABC's Hal Bruno and Cokie Roberts, the Washingtonian's Chuck Conconi, community activist Roscoe Nix and Ms. Morella's son, Mark, were among those invited to roast the congresswoman.

There were about 250 guests at the party -- among them Jim Petosa, artistic director at Olney, and award-winning Washington stage actor Halo Wines.

Cystic Fibrosis benefit

There was something for everyone at the recent Cystic Fibrosis benefit. The fun and games began with cocktails and a horse race for the 600 guests at the Christopher Columbus Center. Then guests were whisked to the Hyatt Regency for a dinner dance and silent auction. The evening ended at the Sheraton Inner Harbor for dessert, entertainment and gambling tables.

Suzanne and Bruce Hoffman (he's with the Maryland Stadium Authority) chaired the progressive event, which raised more than $150,000. Others at the party were Sharon and David Nevins, Nevins & Associates; Georgia and Peter Angelos, principal owner of the Orioles; Steve Geppi, who owns a piece of the Orioles also owns Diamond Comics Distributing Co., and is Cystic Fibrosis board president; Attorney General Joe Curran; Peggy and John Moag, Maryland Stadium Authority; Rebecca and Michael Whipple, he's GM of the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel; Lois and Tom Marchetto, Aramark; Sue and Steve Nolan, he's with Nolan, Plumoff & Williams; Cheryl and Doug Goodell, he's with Crown, Cork & Seal; and Lisa and Jonathan Hamburger, representing the Menowitz Family Foundation.

Presidential dinner

David Cordish, CEO of Cordish Co., and Bill Jews, CEO of Maryland's Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, were among several dozen people invited for dinner with President Bill Clinton at the Ritz Carlton in Washington. I am told that Mr. Cordish told the president about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG) program that he ran during the Carter administration, and Mr. Jews discussed Blue Cross reimbursement issues.

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