KUDOS TO Charlene Cohen, wife of Greater Baltimore Medical Center's Director of the Cancer Center Dr. Gary Cohen, for doing such a great job chairing the GBMC 30th anniversary Celebration at Camden Yards.
She was pleased that despite terrible weather, there was such a good turnout which helped them raise more than $140,000 for the Hospice of Baltimore's new inpatient facility, the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care, scheduled to open next spring.
Others who helped with this fund-raiser were Towson attorney and GBMC Foundation Board Member Carolyn Thaler; president the GBMC auxiliary Ellen Hensby; GBMC volunteer Anne Haley, who chaired the silent auction which offered some pretty fabulous items, thanks to help from Diana Clarke and Connie Pitcher.
One item that attracted lots of bidders was a painting by plastic surgeon Bernard McGibbon, which Joe Haley, senior VP Legg Mason Capital Management, bought. Bidding was also hot and heavy on a Harley Davidson. Vickie Rosellino, president of Absolute Care Ambulance, won.
Have you seen the new Downtown Partnership spot announcements that began airing on television this week? They are hilarious, fast-paced ads which star Baltimore CEOs Sister Helen Amos, Mercy Hospital; Doug Becker, Sylvan Learning Systems; Ed Hale, First Mariner Bank; Joe Haskins, Harbor Bank of Maryland; and Otis Warren, Otis Warren Real Estate Services. The camera follows them around town as they dance to the music of the "Nutcracker," to help continue the Downtown Partnership's on-going hype, "See Ya 'Round Downtown!"
Speaking of the Downtown Partnership, eight people agreed to decorate a snowperson for Harborplace store front windows during the holidays. (Check out my Sun Cub Reporter Snowperson.) Others are John Marsh, Baltimore Magazine; Lori Pinson, WBFF-TV; Rudy Miller, Channel 2 and Maryland Family Magazine; John Collins, Channel 11; JoJo Girard, WWMX radio; Sloane Brown, WLIF-FM and Channel 45; Randy Dennis, Raquel Guillon and Ms. Tony, WERQ-FM and Lena Moore, WWIN-FM.
Plus, I had a great time lunching with the girls later, where the gossip was as tasty as the wonderful food served at Paoli's in the Light Street pavilion. At the table were Max Weiss and Margie Gilmore, Baltimore Mag; Edie Brown, Baltimore Arena; Joan Davidson, Rouse Co; Sloane; Rudy; and yours truly!
I hear state Del. Clarence Mitchell IV is getting married Dec. 9 and his best man will be Phil Moore, comedian, actor and co-host of Nickelodeon's top-rated game show for kids, "Nick Arcade." These two have been friends since they attended Hilton Elementary School.
Moore will be in town Dec. 3 to be the host of Nickelodeon's Mega Mess-a-Mania at the Baltimore Arena (1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. shows), so he'll be able to spend some time with old friends and his mother, who still lives here.