June 3: "Sinai Hope," gala premiere of Sinai Health System's new emergency facility. Black tie. Hyatt Regency Hotel. 6:30 p.m. Stars Mary Wilson of the Supremes. Tickets $250 and up. Call 410-653-6212.
June 3: Howard County Women's Bar Association honors Patricia Rouse, co-founder with her late husband, James, of the Enterprise Foundation. Pepper Room at the Columbia Inn. $25. Call 410-997-2835.
June 5: FutureStars '98 benefits Chesapeake Human Resources Association. B&O; Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Music by Junior Cline & the Recliners. Pit beef and other "fun food," silent auction. 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets $35. Call 410-752-5244.
June 6: Associated Black Charities' annual gala. Omni Inner Harbor Hotel. Black tie. Music and mock casino games. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-659-0000.
June 6-7: Fine Wine Time '98. Oregon Ridge Park, Exit 20B off Interstate 83 north. Wines from seven Maryland wineries; music by Lake Trout, Ana Egge, All Mighty Senators, Tranzfusion, Kelly Bell and Baltimore Islanders Steel Band. Fifty food and craft vendors. Noon to 7 p.m. Admission $15 daily. Benefits the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens. Call 410-296-2272.
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Honoring the archbishop
Archbishop Renato R. Martino, Pope John Paul II's representative to the United Nations since 1986, was in Baltimore recently to receive the first Distinguished International Catholic Award. He was selected for his leadership in Catholic teaching worldwide by Catholic International, a worldwide magazine.
The archbishop, dressed in a long black cassock, and Cardinal William H. Keeler, in his long red cassock, made a striking duo when they arrived at the Belvedere Hotel for a black-tie dinner honoring the archbishop. Among those on hand to greet them were Daniel Medinger, publisher of Catholic International, and his wife, Patti, who works at the Catholic Foundation Press; the Rev. Stephen F. Torraco, editor of Catholic International; Christopher Gaul, Catholic Review managing editor; and Ken Hackett, executive director of Catholic Relief Services. Some of the area's top chefs dished out tasty beef tenderloin, potato salad, pasta marinara and quail at the Women's Housing Coalition's third annual Kitchen Party. More than 300 people enjoyed the culinary creations, sipped fine wines and had a look at the latest on the cookbook scene.
Joy America Cafe in the Visionary Art Museum was the primary setting for this year's party, which also featured the Fuzzy Kane Trio playing jazz on the cafe's balcony. The stars of the show, so to speak, were chefs Brian Mathias, Joy America Cafe; Denise Whiting, Cafe Hon; Eric Littlejohn, Ruth's Chris Steak House; Cindy Wolf, Charleston; Rob Gonzales, Classic Catering; and the Muffin Lady, Linda Fisher.
Among those at the party were the museum's founder and president, Rebecca Hoffberger, and state Sen. Clarence Blount, who were honorary co-chairs of the event. Others I spotted included Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Tom Waxter; Susan Ringler, president of the WHC; Sue Thompson, WHC executive director; and Nancy and Herb Clark (she's a longtime volunteer with the coalition).
All money raised at the party will help the coalition provide transitional and permanent housing for homeless, low-income or disabled women. The Children's House at Johns Hopkins is the beneficiary of a variety of fund-raisers held throughout the year. One of the most popular of these is Cruise for a Cause, which offers guests dinner and casino games with some of their favorite local celebrities as dealers.
WJZ-TV's weatherman Bob Turk and his wife, Tina, were honorary co-chairs of the party, held on board the Bay Lady. Among the celebrity dealers were Tom Davis, WQSR-radio; Art Donovan, former Colts star; Jaime Fox, Miss Maryland 1998; Jean Ross, Metro Works; Mary Ann Perry, WLIF-FM; and Baltimore Ravens players Michael Jackson, Tony Vinson and Ryan Yarborough.
The cruise party, chaired by John Cibula, American Teleservice Systems, raised more than $20,000 for the Children's House. Meanwhile, earlier the same day, the L&L; Carpet folks held their annual golf tournament and raised $16,700 for the Children's House.