People are small-talking again, to raise funds for MS group


AFTER A HIATUS of several years, the folks at United Support Against Multiple Sclerosis have brought back "Celebrity Small Talk," one of the group's most interesting fund-raisers. Nearly 150 people attended this year's cocktail party, held at USF&G;'s Life Building in Mount Washington.

Guests got to rub elbows with and chat with such celebs as WBAL-TV's Donna Hamilton; Ed Polochick, founder of Concert Artists of Baltimore and choral director of the Peabody Music Conservatory and the Baltimore Symphony Chorus; WJHU-radio's Marc Steiner; Sam Lacy, sportswriter for the Afro-American; Rheda Becker, narrator for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Children Series; Gilbert Sandler, Adams-Sandler advertising agency; artist and author Bennard Perlman; and last but never least, "Homicide" star Andre Braugher and his actress wife, Ami Brambson, who's also in "Homicide."

Joseph Babinski, former head of the Becker Group who now has his own international consulting business, chaired the event, which raised $15,000 to help fight MS.

Severn show house

More than 250 first-nighters took a house tour and had dinner at the opening-night party for North Arundel Hospital's 1997 Designer Show House, Heron Hurst on the Severn.

Among the first folks to get a look at the 21 newly decorated rooms of the show house were Dr. and Mrs. Richard Fields (he's the ER director at North Arundel); Hilary and Martha O'Herlihy (he's director of cardiology); Dr. and Mrs. Leo Courtney; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hein; John Warner; Jan and Barbara Clark; and Ronald Lowman.

Imelda Herzinger chaired the preview party. Carolyn Middleton and Marcia Lopata are chairs of the show house, which is located at Bluff Point, on Fork Creek off the Severn River. It will be open to visitors through Oct. 26. All money raised goes to North Arundel's campaign to build a new emergency facility.

Fall fashion show

Businesswomen got a firsthand look at how to dress their best for work and play at a fall fashion show given in Annapolis by the Maryland Capital Chapter of the American Business Women's Association's. The clothes and accessories were from Anne Klein, HE-RO's and Jones New York, all located at the Chesapeake Village Outlet Center in Queenstown.

This working-women's group has been around for 27 years, providing business training for women, holding monthly meetings and raising money for scholarships and domestic-violence programs.

Founders Day dinner

The 13th Floor might be unlucky for some, but not for partygoers attending the Western Maryland College Founders Day Dinner at that locale in the Belvedere. They had a fine time saluting the school's top money givers; a successful first year of a three-year fund-raiser for the new science center; and the most successful enrollment in the history of the school.

WMC president Bob Chambers greeted guests, who included former Judge Elsbeth Bothe; Richard Adams, NationsBank VP, and his wife, Lynda; Philip Enstice, Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Co. VP, and his wife, Gail; Francis "Skip" Fennell, WMC professor of math, and his wife, Nita; Virginia Gowble, a Western Maryland alum best known for her support of boys' baseball; Martin K.P. Hill, president and CEO of Masonry Contractors Inc., who recently gave the school $1.5 million, and his wife, Kelly; James Melhorn, president and CEO of Episcopal Ministries to the aging, and his wife, Lora; Wilbur "Woody" Preston Jr., chairman of the law firm of Whiteford Taylor & Preston, and his wife, Lucy; Bruce Preston, Mid-Atlantic Realty Trust, and his wife, Patrice; and Alleck Resnick, attorney, and his wife, Harriet.

Pub Date: 10/05/97

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