THE HOPKINS clan in Harford County celebrated the Maryland Million's 10th anniversary with a dinner party for 200 friends at the family's Elberton Hill Farm in Darlington. Martha and Frank Hopkins Sr. held forth with their children: Frank Jr. and his wife, Liz; Mike and his wife, Carol; Amy and Mike Daney; and Boo and Brady Chrismer.
The party, held under a lovely tent, was a nice way to begin the Maryland Million festivities, plus it gave the Hopkins family a chance to show off Smart Alec, a former Maryland Million winner who stands at Elberton Hill Farm and is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Wally Tuttle.
Guests at the party included State Comptroller Louis Goldstein, Joan and Billy Boniface (he's a trainer, who had five horses running this year and one winner); Karen De Francis and her mom, Mrs. Frank De Francis; Mrs. Richard DuPont and Bob Levy, who own a stallion farm in Chesapeake City; Bonnie and Constance White, horse owners; GOP gubernatorial candidate Ellen Sauerbrey and her husband, Will. She was telling one and all that she's running again in the next election.
Others seen chatting and enjoying the music of Chuck Baker's )) Band were former U.S. Sen. Danny Brewster and his wife, Judy; Bill and Phyllis Dixon, Annapolitans whose horse, Ms. Zillbear, won the Maryland Million Classic for the third year in a row; Bill and Louise Christmas, trainer/owners; Janet Eliot, a leading steeplechase trainer; Doug and Anne Croker, who own steeplechase horses with his parents, Doug and Edna Jane Croker; Tom and Rita Cinnamond (he's retired from Semmes Bowen Semmes law firm); John and Andrea Mooney, GM of Pimlico/Laurel, and Marty Jacobs, treasurer of Pimlico/Laurel.
A grand party
Holly and Wayne Gioioso Jr. had a dinner party for 2nd District Rep. Bob Ehrlich and his lovely wife, Kendel. More than 50 people, many of whom contributed $1,000 each to attend, arrived at the Gioiosos' Murray Hill home to listen to Ehrlich's view of what is and is not going on in Washington.
The weather was so nice that most guests stayed out on the deck enjoying appetizers and cocktails before eating a dinner of tenderloin and crab meat prepared by Ollie Richards caterer.
Among them were Gus Lambrow, owner of PICORP, a container company, and his girlfriend, Kathy Kahler, a partner at Stegman & Co.; Jan and Ordell Braase (he's a former Baltimore Colt who serves on the Maryland Racing Commission); Betty and John Rommel (he's a builder); Chip and Beverly Weinman (he's
president of the Md/DC/Del Broadcasters Association); Ken Mumaw, a plumbing/heating contractor, with his daughter, Brenda, on his arm; Elaine and Steve Kennedy, owners of Kennedy Temporaries.
Also, Tony Munafo, Dean Witter, with his girlfriend, Kelly Conlin; Jim Anders, COO of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and his wife, Debbie; Liz and Bruce Bulloch (he's a partner at Ernst & Young); Wendy and Philip Bass (he's also a partner with Ernst & Young); Mary and Wells Obrecht (he's a First National Bank VP); Linda and Matthew Nolan, Nolan-Scott Construction; Larry Thanner, Thanner Development; and several members of the Ehrlich team -- Bob McKinney, the campaign director, with his lobbyist wife, Maxine Adler; and Karl Avman, district office chief of staff.