June 10: The Governor's Arts Awards at ArtSalute. Peabody Institute, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place. Honors nine prominent Marylanders. Two-tier tickets: $125 ticket gets you dinner, program and dessert reception; $20 gets you program and dessert reception. Call 410-203-1301.
June 11: TV star and comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Beth Tfiloh Community School's fund-raiser. Beth Tfiloh, 3300 Old Court Road. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $75, $125 and $175. The $175 ticket includes a dessert reception with Cosby. Call 410-653-7284.
June 12: The Blue Moon Ball, a benefit for the League: Serving People with Physical Disabilities. Carriage House at Evergreen, 4545 N. Charles St. 8 p.m. to midnight. Blues music by the Persuaders, open bar, dancing and international cuisine by Classic Catering. Dress is "jazzy dressy." Tickets: $75 at the door. Call 410-323-0500.
June 13: Thirteen Filipino-American organizations are celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Philippines' independence from Spain. Showcase of Philippine crafts, art, music and dance from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dinner-dance from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Baltimore Convention Center, West Pratt Street. Dinner-dance tickets, $40. Call 410-788-6800.
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Fans turn out for Cokie
More than 1,000 people had to be turned away from spending "An Evening with Cokie Roberts," co-anchor of ABC's "This Week With Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts" and author of the best-selling book "We Are Our Mothers' Daughters."
She was in Baltimore for a book-signing and talk at the main branch of the Enoch Pratt Library, which was filled with the 450 people who bought their tickets early. This was another dynamite event put together by members of Network 2000, an organization of businesswomen, and the Friends of the Library. It will benefit both their various programs.
Prior to speeches by Roberts and others, VIPs were invited for a box supper, prepared by Mount Vernon Caterers, and a chance to meet Roberts and have her sign their books. Among those saw were Frances Reaves, president of Network 2000; Carla Hayden, director of the library; Floraine Applefeld, Network 2000 member and emcee for the evening; Virginia Adams, chair of the library's board of directors; Lois Shofer, Network 2000 member and a member of the event's steering committee; Bud Meyerhoff, Friend of the Library, and incoming Network 2000 president Marian Hwang.
Roberts was most gracious as she autographed books and chatted with her fans about her best seller. When I asked her if she was surprised when the book hit No. 1 on the charts, she smiled and said, "You bet!" -- S.B. More than 1,000 people donned black-tie garb and enjoyed "A Taste of Italy" at the 53rd annual dinner-dance of the Associated Italian Charities of Maryland. Party-planners Judge Lawrence Daniels, Vince Piscopo, Joe Campitelli Sr., Joe DeFerdinardo Jr., Lou Mazzulli Jr. and Alex Tarasco had something for everyone at the Martin's West event. Appetizers prepared by Little Italy's finest; stuffed veal chops for a family-style Italian dinner; Italian music by Aldo Locco and the Locco Brothers; songs by Catherine Previosi; dancing by the Bali Natale Dancers; a Las Vegas Revue of Art Vargas, featuring Nino the Italian Percussionist; and even a cigar and gaming room.
An important part of the evening was the presenting of scholarship awards. This year, AICM president Jay Matricciani presented 27 scholarships to students who attend Maryland colleges. The group also honored several people. Attorney Philip C. Federico was saluted as C.J. "Bud" Ecalono's Young Man of the Year; retired PR marketing exec Peter Torrieri received the Distinguished Service Award; C. James Sears, president of Tri Par Corp., won the Dr. Frank C. Marino Award; and Giorgio Luigi Spagliardi, CFO of Fila USA, won the Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr. Award. -- S. B. Gourmet Chefs of Distinction, 150 strong and adorned in high white hats and aprons, paraded around Martin's West to their serving tables as hundreds of hungry guests cheered them on. This annual fund-raiser for the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women features male chefs dishing up their favorite recipes.
The celebrity chefs were introduced by Thelma Daley, who again this year did a great job chairing the event. Chefs I saw included Mayor Kurt Schmoke, serving his mother-in-law's shrimp salad; Gov. Parris Glendening, Southern fried chicken; WBAL-TV's Mike Easterling, a salmon cream cheese mixture on a baguette; Fire Chief Herman Williams Jr., his famous codfish cakes; William Hill, who's running for clerk of the court for Baltimore County, bowtie pasta; Judge John Carroll Byrnes, lemon cheese pie; WMAR-TV CEO Steve Gigliotti, pasta and sauce; and Judge Tom Waxter, green summer salad. - S.B.