June 23: Celebrity Night at the Bel Air Outback Steakhouse benefits From House to Home, an organization that finds permanent homes for children in foster care. Local celebrities will serve meals and drinks for tips. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call 410-534-4301.
June 24: Maryland's ninth annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Banquet. Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown. Reception 5:30 p.m.; dinner/program 7 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-783-3899.
June 25: The Golf Ball II, a celebrity miniature-golf tournament, marks the reopening of Art Links Baltimore, a miniature-golf course in the Inner Harbor. 5 p.m. Benefits Maryland Art Place. Tickets $50. Call 410-962-8565.
June 26: Fourth annual National Women's Only Cigar Dinner at Baltimore's Ruth's Chris Steak House, 600 Water St. $75. 7 p.m. Call 410-783-0033.
June 27: Baltimore Songwriters Association celebrates its first anniversary with a benefit concert for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County chapter of Habitat for Humanity. $5 donation. UMBC Recital Hall, 5401 Wilkens Ave. 7:30 p.m. Call 410-455-3822.
June 27: Black Professional Men Inc. and WBAL-TV present the 1998 Rays of Hope Breakfast. Highlights the contributions of several African-American men to the Baltimore community. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown. Call 410-377-1023.
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Movers and shakers from Maryland's art world were at the Peabody Library for the fourth Governor's Arts Awards at ArtSalute. This year's event was a tribute to Sue Hess, whose hard work as president of the Maryland Citizens for the Arts for 21 years was recognized. Also honored were Charlie Byrd, performance artist; Tom Miller, visual artist; Gwen Freeman Lehman, arts educator; Jim Rouse, posthumous award for arts patron; and Calman Zamoiski Jr., arts patron.
Gov. and Mrs. Parris Glendening joined the gathering, as did Rebecca Hoffberger, founder of the Visionary Arts Museum; Michael Harrison, Baltimore Opera; Mary Ann Mears, artist; John Gidwitz, BSO; Tom Hall, Choral Arts Society; and Bill Couper, president of Greater Baltimore NationsBank.
Zoomerang!98 was a black-tie feline frenzy, with more than 2,000 guests stalking around the Baltimore Zoo from 7:30 p.m. until midnight. This annual fund-raiser for the zoo was chaired by Sharon and David Nevins.
According to David Nevins, this was the most successful Zoomerang ever, grossing just shy of $300,000. The money will go toward the care of a male and female cheetah, scheduled to move into their new digs in the Africa region of the zoo sometime this summer.
Zoomerang is one of the wildest outdoor parties in our area. The latest installment offered guests a culinary safari prepared by 70 area restaurants and caterers. Zoo VIPs seen making the rounds included Michael Hankin, chairman of the board of directors, and Roger Birkel, executive director.
The Omni Inner Harbor Hotel was the scene of the Associated Black Charities' big fund-raising bash. More than 1,300 people donned black-tie garb for an evening of good food and jTC entertainment. The latter ranged from Queen Aishan singing the blues to the antics of comedian Meshelle Foreman.
Among those in attendance were Mayor Kurt Schmoke; state Del. Pete Rawlings; City Councilwoman Sheila Dixon; Howard County Councilman C. Vernon Gray; state Sen. Delores Kelly; Robert Bell, Maryland's chief judge of the Court of Appeals; WJZ-TV's VP and GM Marcellus Alexander; WJZ-TV anchor Kai Jackson; and former state Sen. Jack Lapides.
Guests participated in mock casino games and raffles, and the prizes included some terrific trips and artwork. This gala raised more than $200,000, which will be used to support the health and human service programs aided by Associated Black Charities.