Foot Ball guests kick up interest in fight against cystic fibrosis

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Foot Ball, a progressive gala to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis foundation, kicked off at the Baltimore Convention Center, where guests got a firsthand look at the new digs. They also got a firsthand look at one of the Baltimore social scene's most sought-after couples, Pat and Art Modell, owners of the Baltimore Ravens.

The foundation was thrilled to be the first charity to have the

Modells as honorary chairs. Of course, it helped that the gala's co-chairs were Suzanne and Bruce Hoffman, he's executive director of the Maryland Stadium Committee Authority and chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Board.

As guests arrived at the Convention Center, a performer on stilts, cheerleaders and members of the Baltimore Westsiders Drum and Bugle Corps provided a noisy welcome, while WMAR's Tony Pagnotti announced the arrival of people he knew. After cocktails, it was time to move on to the Hyatt Regency for dinner, dancing and bidding on great auction items. And what a moving experience it was, marching down the street to the beat of the drums of the Westsiders' band.

Among the guests were Crown Central's Henry Rosenberg and his wife, Dot, chatting with Lynda O'Dea, the O'Dea Group, a Bethesda-based marketing, development and design company; former U.S. Attorney Dick Bennett and his wife, Jane; Shirl and Cal Disney, he's with Whiting Turner Contracting Co.; Ray and Ellen Haysbert, he's the former Parks Sausage exec who's acting as a consultant to the new management there; Mary Sue and Bill Hopkinson, he's the sales manager for radio station V-103; Rebecca and Mike Whipple, he's with Whiting Turner; Gary and Carole Alexander, he's an attorney-lobbyist; Jim and Ann Bailey, he's the Ravens' executive VP for legal and $l administration.

Other guests I ran into included Dr. Stanley and Edie Brown, she's the Baltimore Arena's PR whiz; Marcia and David Yumkas, he's with Advance Business Systems.

Charity Regatta

A cold front going through our area spurred winds with gusts up to 25 mph on the Chesapeake Bay, which certainly added to the excitement of Hospice Cup XV. There were 125 boats, ranging from 25 to 50 feet in size, which began the race, which is sponsored by the Shearwater Sailing Club of Annapolis.

Winners of what the hospice folks say is the nation's largest charity sailing regatta were the Naval Academy's Deep Powder, captained by Midshipman M. Franko; Johnnycake, owned by Carey Winston; Mondial, owned by Joe Ruzzi; A Train, owned by Robert Reeves; and Firecracker, owned by Bretch/Dersch.

Captains and their crews joined an array of hospice volunteers and guests for a post-race party at Severnside Farm, which sits on about 90 acres of land on the Severn River. According to our host and owner of the farm, Louise Rich Cramer, parts of the farmhouse date back to 1840.

Veteran newsman-sailor Walter Cronkite played his honorary chairmanship role perfectly. He arrived at the party with his wife, Betsy, and his longtime sailing friend, Michael Ashford, owner of McGarvey's in Annapolis, who serves on the Hospice Cup advisory board. More than $300,000 was raised for one Virginia hospice and six Maryland hospices.

Peggy McCaig of Chevy Chase chaired this year's event, which attracted people from all over the state. Some I met were a Stella Maris Hospice volunteer, Carmelo Cirillo, who gave me an earful of chatter; Alice Mutch, past president of Hospice Cup and commodore of the Corinthians, a national sailing association; John Pasley, commodore of the Shearwater Sailing Club; Nancy Calabrese, a nurse who volunteers her time on race day; Erwin Abrams, head of Hospice of the Chesapeake; and Hallie Rice Sr., who serves on the Hospice Cup board.

Helping the Bay

A "Taste of the Chesapeake" was celebrated at the National Aquarium, where guests danced under the stars and ate culinary creations prepared by a dozen of the area's top chefs. Take a look at some of the folks in the party pix, who attended this fund-raiser for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

Tokyo collection

Holly Selby reports that about 300 guests came to a preview last week of an exhibit of the best of the Baltimore Museum of Art's Cone Collection at the Isetan Museum of Art in Tokyo. Joan Mondale, wife of U.S. Ambassasdor Walter Mondale, attended and said one of her favorite parts of the exhibit was the "Pink Nude." She and other dignitaries were given a personal tour by Arnold Lehman, director of the BMA, who was accompanied by his wife, Pamela. Also attending was Michie Yamaguchi, general manager of the Isetan Museum.

Pub Date: 10/06/96

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