July 30: !Cajun Crabs!, a crab feast and zydeco dance party, benefits the Fells Point Creative Alliance. At the Lodge, 244 S. Highland Ave. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music by Gumbo Junkyard. Tickets $30 at the door. Call 410-276-1651.
Aug. 2: "Dream Cruise" aboard the Bay Lady benefits the Thelma March Scholarship Foundation, which gives college money to selected graduates of Baltimore's Dunbar and Douglass high schools. Cruise from Inner Harbor to Key Bridge. Dinner. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets $60. Call 410-435-0500.
Aug. 6: 17th annual Cancer Crusade Gala benefits the Calvert County American Cancer Society. Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant, Chesapeake Beach. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets $50 advance; $75 at the door. Call 410-257-2735.
Aug. 7: Crabbing for Scholars, a crab feast sponsored by the Maryland affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind, will raise scholarship money for blind students. Columbus Gardens, 4301 Klosterman Ave. Tickets $30 before Aug. 1; $35 at the door. 7 p.m. Call 410-992-9608.
Aug. 7: A gala reception at Laurel Park kicks off "Shoot for the Stars," the second annual Ulman Fund Soccer Classic Weekend. Reception tickets are $75 and include dinner, music and silent auction. 7:30 p.m. Benefits the Ulman Fund, which helps support young adults affected by cancer. Call 410-461-3400.
Woodholme Foundation Celebrity Weekend
Actor/director Charles "Roc" Dutton was one of the many celebrities who participated in the Woodholme Foundation's third annual Celebrity Weekend. Activities included a VIP party at the National Aquarium, a celebrity auction in the Peabody Library, golf and tennis tournaments and a celebrity dinner at the Hyatt Regency. That's where we caught up with Dutton, who was the evening's honoree. He arrived with his mother, Gloria.
Others we spotted at the party included DeWayne Wickham, USA Today columnist and chair of the foundation; a delightful comedian named Michael Colyar; Tim Reid, best known for his roles in TV's "WKRP in Cincinnati" and "Frank's Place"; Maysa Leak, a Baltimore-born singer; and Eddie Levert and Walter Williams of the O'Jays, whose singing has earned them six platinum and eight gold LPs and more than 50 hit singles in their 40-year career.
The Woodholme Foundation was founded in 1995 to help improve the lives of economically and socially disadvantaged youths. Current efforts are focused on its Second Chance program, which offers young underachievers a chance at a college education. Freeman Hrabowski is being wined and dined all over the state and it has nothing to do with the fact that he's the popular young president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It is because he has co-authored a dynamite book titled "Beating the Odds," which tells how young African-American men can achieve academic success.
Hrabowski and his wife, Jackie, were guests at a cocktail reception at the Centre Club, which was given by Mary Junck, Times Mirror's executive vice president and president of Eastern Newspapers.
Among those who stopped by were Henry Rosenberg, CEO Crown Central Petroleum; Rosalie and Dr. Morton Rapoport, CEO University of Maryland Medical Center; Bill Jews, CEO Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Mike Waller, Baltimore Sun publisher; and Stuart Simms, secretary of the state Office of Public Safety. For the first time in 16 years, the World Lacrosse Games, a k a the Olympics of Lacrosse, were held in Baltimore - at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field. For 10 days, fans and players participated in dozens of games and social events.
Activities were wrapped up last night at the Baltimore Convention Center with an awards ceremony.
We joined the fun at the opening reception held at the Living Classrooms Foundation in Fells Point. Several hundred people were there representing teams from more than 10 countries.
Among those greeting visitors were Sally and Ted Bauer (he served as general chair of Lacrosse Games events); Steve Stenersen, executive director of US Lacrosse; Marcie and Dick Watts (he coached the Grand Masters game); Tony Seaman, Towson University coach; Tom Hayes, president of the International Lacrosse Foundation and a Lacrosse Hall of Famer; and Frank Riggs, insurance executive.