Pat and Art Modell throw a party worth raving about

THE BALTIMORE SUN

It looks as if gremlins were at work during the production of last week's party page. The Sun would like to apologize for identifying the woman photographed with Art Modell as Pat Modell. That was really Caroline Croft. And somehow the Modell sons, John and David, were identified in reverse order in an accompanying photograph. Again, we apologize for the errors. We hope to run into the Modells in more of our party visits and give readers an opportunity to see them again soon.

LAST WEEKEND, the weekend the NFL officially came back to Baltimore, was memorable for Baltimore and Maryland. The celebration began Friday evening at a party given by Pat and Art Modell, owners of the Baltimore Ravens, for nearly 500 guests.

They invited an interesting cross section of Marylanders, which made for a most interesting party. Many of them were new friends who have had parties to introduce the Modells to Baltimore; others were sky-box owners or potential sky-box owners; legislative and business leaders; Ravens staffers; and people from companies that hope to get a piece of the new stadium action.

Everyone seemed thrilled that the party was held in mammoth air-conditioned tents on the very spot where the new stadium complex is to be built. Pat Modell selected a decor that used the Ravens' colors and hired the talented Michael Anthony to carry out her wishes. He suspended baskets of purple flowers from the ceiling, as well as arrangements of lighted balloons; each table had a towering arrangement of flowers, and there were signs marking where the future 50-yard line would be.

Mrs. Modell, who looked snappy in a black silk, mandarin-style pants outfit, and her husband, Art, greeted most of the early arrivals, including Gov. Parris Glendening and his wife, Mary Frances, who'd just returned from the Democratic Convention, as had Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (I hear she was the most popular of the Maryland delegates because she got to hang out with -- who else? -- the Kennedys); State Comptroller Louis Goldstein, U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes; and U.S. Rep. Ben Cardin and his wife, Myra.

Other guests were Molly and Grant Hathaway, he's a Baltimore businessman; Rand and Chip Mason, he's CEO of Legg Mason; former Gov. Harry Hughes; Steve Geppi, owner of Diamond Comic Distributors, Baltimore Mag and one of the Orioles owners, and his significant other, Mindy Moran; H&S; Bakery's John Paterakis; Maryland race-track czar Joe DeFrancis; Nancy and Lou Grasmick, she's state superintendent of schools and he owns Grasmick Lumber; Hal and Sherry Donofrio, he's CEO Myers, Richardson & Donofrio and she's a Legg Mason VP; and Maryland State Treasurer Richard Dixon.

Guests sipped champagne, chardonnay, cabernet and other beverages, while nibbling large steamed shrimp, smoked salmon and caviar squares before dinner. Thalia and Marty Resnick seemed to be everywhere, checking on the food, which was beautifully prepared and served by their company, Martin's Caterers.

The buffet tables were laden with beef tenderloin, rack of lamb, jumbo lumps of crab meat, sauteed lobster, poached salmon, veggies, potatoes and breads. Dessert was fresh raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, served in brandy snifters and topped with a tasty cream sauce with a chocolate cookie spoon on the side. Each table had a white chocolate box filled with divine homemade candies. The box cover was adorned with a dark chocolate Baltimore Ravens football, which many took home as a keepsake.

After dinner, we table-hopped and danced to the music of Maryland's Gene Donati Orchestra.

Others spotted making the rounds were Margaret and Jim (McKay) McManus, of ABC Sports fame and founder of the Maryland Million races; Alice and Jerry Hoffberger, he's a former Orioles owner, who is sporting a neck collar these days to help him with a touch of arthritis; Ann and Ted Marchibroda, he's the Ravens' head coach; Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Cas Taylor and his wife, Polly; President of the Senate Mike Miller and his wife, Patty; Sandy and Robbie Wallis, he's a member of the stadium authority; builder Otis Warren with his partner Mike Lasky, of Inphomation Communications, producers of infomercials; Baltimore County Executive Dutch Ruppersberger chatting with businessman Hanan Sibel, while Sibel's wife, Carol, patiently waited; Sig and Mary Hyman, he's the architect of the NFL's pension plan and a longtime friend of Art Modell; Loretta and Willie Hirschfeld, owners of the Greenspring Racquet Club; Baltimore businessman Mickey Miller, with his wife, Sue; Cennie and Peter Rosenwald, he's a stockbroker; Gary and Carol Alexander, he's a lobbyist for the Ravens' organization and I am told that he's one of Maryland's top five lobbyists; John Moag, head of the Maryland Stadium Authority, who is credited with negotiating the football deal with Modell; Debbie and Louis Cohen, he owns All-State Leasing and Heritage Auto; B.J. and George Lictz, his company, L&L; Supply, supplied the bricks for Oriole Park at Camden Yards; Greg and Lisa Barnhill, he's with Alex. Brown & Sons; Nancy Roberts, who has worked closely with the Ravens on their relocation to Baltimore; Sam and Carl Miller, she's Art Modell's new personal assistant; Lillian and Willard Hackerman, whose Whiting Turner construction company is one of the builders for the new stadium; Bart Harvey, CEO of the Enterprise Foundation, and his wife, Janet Marie Smith, the architect credited with the successful design of Camden Yards; Amy and Barry Baker, he's the new CEO of Sinclair Communications; Mayo Shattuck, president of Alex. Brown & Sons, with Molly George on his arm; Carolyn and George Beall, he's an attorney, and I hear Carolyn's quite the golfer; Buzzy and Pat Krongard, he's COB of Alex. Brown & Son; and Bob Leffler, the Leffler Agency.

Salisbury softball

Sunday was also an exciting day in Salisbury, where the sexy-looking singer Michael Bolton and his Bolton Bombers played softball against the Salisbury Slammers at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Rick Gardner of Pittsville, an investigator with the state and owner of a poultry farm, is the one who came up with this fund-raiser for Maryland Special Olympics and the Michael Bolton Foundation for women and children at risk.

Pub Date: 9/08/96

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