May 25: First annual MAC Attack Against Leukemia Memorial Day fund-raiser, Maryland Athletic Club, 110 W. Timonium Road. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast, free baby- sitting, aerobics class and in-line skating lessons. Admission $10, MAC members; $12 guests.
May 27: An Evening With Cokie Roberts, author of "We Are Our Mothers' Daughters." Benefits Network 2000 and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lecture and reception, $25. Lecture, reception and book, $42. Call 410-783-8225.
May 29: Sixth annual Empty Bowls party. Benefits Maryland Food Committee. Boumi Temple, 4900 N. Charles St. 7:30 p.m. $125. Call 410-366-0600, Ext. 121.
May 29: "How Sweet It Is" fund- raiser for Baltimore Museum of Industry. Guests will tour Domino Sugars refinery and return to museum for dinner in the pavilion. 1415 Key Highway. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dress: dressy casual with sturdy shoes. $55. Call 410-727-4808.
May 30-31: VOLLEYBALTIMORE, National Kidney Foundation's annual volleyball event. Burdick Field, Towson University. Saturday's event is a marathon for casual players. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 410-494-8545 to get a pledge sheet. Sunday's event is a tournament for serious or semi-serious players. $25 per person. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Call same number as above.
May 31: Sixth annual Brew Review benefits Maryland Lupus Foundation. Parrot Island, 701 S. Eden St. Microbrew festival features more than 40 craft beers. Music and raffle. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door. Call 800-777-0934.
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Meals on Wheels gala rolls along with fine food and auction items
Savory soft-shell crabs, grilled sweetbreads, tasty rockfish and tuna were but a few of the offerings prepared by area chefs at a Meals on Wheels fund-raiser.
This was the organization's sixth annual Culinary Extravaganza, and it attracted about 350 people to the Harbor Court Hotel. While nibbling on all the delicious food, guests wandered from table to table bidding on auction items.
Faces in the crowd included chef Michael Rork, who left Harbor Court Hotel to open Michael Rork's Town Dock in St. Michaels; Tony Hawkins, Rouse Co.; Paula Rome, Paula Rome & Associates; Anne and Bob Reese (she's a Meals on Wheels volunteer); Nancy and Dick Allchin (she's also a Meals on Wheels volunteer); and Alfred Himmelrich Jr., Meals on Wheels' president.
Money raised from the event will help subsidize 65,000 meals by this food-delivery service. Jemicy School's 25th anniversary was celebrated by 350 people at Jemicy Auction '98. The gala evening was co-chaired by Shellye Gilden and Susie Jarow, who were accompanied by their respective husbands, Steve and Jonathan.
Others at the party were Ellen Kelly, the school's director; Wendy Neuman, Jemicy's development director; Richard and Lisa Blue Jr. (they're Jemicy parents and Richard is a school trustee); Dixon and Janet Harvey, parents; Steven Kelly and Laurie Steiff Kelly (she's a trustee, and they are parents); Carol and John Hess, parents; and John and Trish Deford (she's a trustee, and they are parents).
Among the auction items was a portrait of Wallis Warfield Simpson that had been donated to the school. It brought $5,700. The auction raised about $140,000. The money will go toward construction of a new building at the Owings Mills school for dyslexic youth. There were lights, cameras and lots of action at Harbor Nights in Hollywood, a glamorous fund-raiser for Harbor Hospital's emergency department. "Paparazzi" greeted guests as they arrived at the Hyatt Regency for a sumptuous cocktail hour.
Janet Owens and Dr. Linda DeFeo, of Harbor Hospital's emergency room, co-chaired this event, which starred state Comptroller Louis Goldstein as the honorary chairman. Goldstein also was the star of a video on the hospital's emergency room, which was shown before dinner.
Others spotted were Barney and Jan Johnson (he's president and CEO of the hospital); Ron Israel, who produced the video; Nan Rosenthal, Harbor Hospital's public relations whiz; and Mike and Anis Merson (he's president and CEO of Helix Health).