Social calendarMay 18: The Women's Housing Coalition's...


Social calendar

May 18: The Women's Housing Coalition's Annual Kitchen Party, at Joy America Cafe in the Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Features food prepared by local chefs. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $50. Call 410-235-5782.

May 29: Sixth annual Empty Bowls party benefits the Maryland Food Committee. Live and silent auctions, games, dancing and comedy by Ronnie Edwards. 7:30 p.m. $125. Boumi Temple, 4900 N. Charles St. Call 410-366-0600, Ext. 121.

Around town

Allan Daviau, five-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer, was guest of honor at the Senator Theatre's recent opening-night gala for the National Film Registry Tour of the Library of Congress. Daviau's better-known films include "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "E.T." and "Avalon"...

Ed Hale, chairman of First Mariner Bancorp, chairman of the Living Classrooms Foundation and owner of the Baltimore Blast soccer team, recently got an award that made him very proud. The Maryland Motor Truck Association took him back to his roots, as owner of various Baltimore-based shipping and trucking corporations. The group honored him as its Person of the Year at a recent dinner ...

Congratulations to Harriet Legum and Marlene Greenebaum, honored by the American Cancer Society for leadership after surviving breast cancer. Others recognized at a fund-raising dinner were Dr. Nancy Davidson, breast cancer researcher; Sonia Lowitz for founding the society's Reach to Recovery patient-visitation program; and WPOC-radio personality Laurie DeYoung, who told a moving story of how cancer touched her life.

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Triple Crown Ball shows winning form

More than 800 people at the 1998 Triple Crown Ball dined on salmon and filet mignon, listened to speeches, watched videos and got to "shake their booties" to the sounds of KC & The Sunshine Boys. This glitzy, black-tie affair celebrating the 123rd running of the Preakness Stakes was co-chaired by Karin DeFrancis, co-owner of Laurel and Pimlico with her brother, Joe, and Josie Schaeffer, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Karin wore a long, black Pamela Davis original, with a train and trimmed with silver jewelry that was absolutely divine.

Congressman Bob Ehrlich and his wife, Kendel, a CF Board member, were the honorary chairs. I had the pleasure of sitting with honorees Penny Chenery, breeder-owner of Secretariat, who won the Triple Crown in 1973, and Bob and Beverly Lewis, owners of Silver Charm, winner of last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

Others at the party were Secretariat's winning jockey, Ron Turcotte; former jockey Donnie Miller; gubernatorial candidates Ellen Sauerbrey and Eileen Rehrmann; trainers Bill Boniface and King Leatherbury; and Maryland Racing Commission members Carol McGowan, Frank Hopkins and Dr. Ernie Colvin. BESTFEST '98 featured the beautiful voices of the Boys Choir of Harlem, under the direction of conductor Walter J. Turnbull. The boys' singing thrilled the overflow crowd in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall last Sunday at this eighth annual music fest, which netted more than $100,000 for the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust.

Since 1987, BEST has provided financial aid for academically talented, but economically disadvantaged African-American students, allowing them to attend one of the group's 19-member independent schools.

There was a reception after the concert for the 200 or so corporate sponsors, benefactors, patrons and sustainers. Among those attending were State Sen. Nathaniel McFadden; Theo and Blanche Rodgers (he's president of A&R; Development Corp. and chair of BEST's board); Karen Bond, BEST executive director; Doug Becker, Sylvan Learning Systems; Mayo Shattuck III, BT Alex Brown; State Del. Peter Rawling and his wife, Dr. Nina Rawlings; Erich March, MARCO Inc.; Mike Ford, MBNA Mid-Atlantic VP; Pat Jessamy, Baltimore City state's attorney; and Tony Hawkins, Rouse Co.

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