Nov. 22: Dorothy Friedman Caplan Guild's Tea for Two-Hundred, Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light St. High tea and fashion show. Benefits cancer research and patient aid. 2:30 p.m. $30. Call 410-764-8321.
Nov. 22: The Jewish Singles Social Network is holding a sixth anniversary party at Hurricanes nightclub (BWI Sheraton Hotel). Dressy casual. Hot buffet and cash bar. Raffle prizes. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. $12. Call 410-358-5776.
Nov. 23: "A Grand Slam Celebration" marks Pam Shriver's 13th annual charity tennis challenge. Live and silent auctions highlight cocktail reception with the players on the eve of the event. Benefits Baltimore Tennis Patrons. Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light St. Business casual. 6:30 p.m. $50. Call 410-296-2100.
Nov. 28: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Alpha Zeta Chapter, annual brunch card party to benefit its scholarship fund. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Martin's West. $30. Call 410-323-7320.
Dec. 1: Seventh annual Santa Claus Anonymous Wine & Beer Tasting. Light fare. Entertainment by Dontae Winslow & Friends. George Peabody Library, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. $20 donation requested. Call 410-685-4830.
If you'd like to have your social event listed here, please fax the information to Sylvia Badger at 410-758-1654.
Gala for Hopkins' pediatric oncology division
Friends of Johns Hopkins Hospital's Division of Pediatric Oncology -- 700 strong -- recently attended a black-tie gala on the club level of the Ravens Stadium. WJZ-TV's Marty Bass and his wife, Sharon, chaired this rollicking event, which featured Nashville recording group BlackHawk in concert.
One of the honorary chairs for this fund-raiser was author Tom Clancy, dressed as if he were attending a football game instead of a black-tie party. On his arm was his new love, Alexandra Llewellyn, whom, so the rumors go, he met over the Internet.
Other faces in the crowd included WPOC-radio's Jim Dolan with Yashmin Dorsey, and WPOC's Sheila Silverstein with her husband, Craig; Dr. Curt Civin, director of Hopkins' Pediatric Oncology Center; Diane and "Uncle" Mike Martino (he is the owner of a Volvo dealership and was the major sponsor of the event); former Baltimore Colts quarterback Marty Domres, now with BT Alex. Brown; and David Jorio, a friend of my son, who was busy bartending for Fine Host, the stadium's caterer.
The event raised approximately $130,000.
The "Night of the Devious Divas" was an upstairs-and-downstairs party at Spike & Charlie's restaurant to benefit the Contemporary Museum. The Baltimore divas who were invited to entertain included John Dean and the Big Hearts, Ruby Glover, Aleta Greene, Kay Lawal, Lorraine Whittlesey, Jimmy Wilson and Joyce Scott, who also served as honorary chair.
In addition to the musical entertainment, party highlights included fortunetelling by guest seers Linda DePalma, Leslie King-Hammond, Marc Steiner and Paul Daniel; bidding on auction items; and, for those who had the stomach for it, petting Cat Audette's Colombian boa, Tia.
According to Gary Sangster, the Contemporary Museum's executive director, proceeds from the fun-filled evening will be used to help the museum's education and outreach programs.
The first running of the Maryland General Health Systems Gala was a real winner. J. R. Wood, chairman and CEO of Maryland General Hospital and president of MGHS, and his party planners called on the expertise of the Maryland Jockey Club's Gloria Cinquegrani, who coordinated the fund-raiser's horse-racing theme. You could see her touch throughout the Hyatt Regency ballroom -- in jockey shirts and hats, riding crops and wonderful ice carvings of horses.
Four hundred guests dined on tenderloin and crab cakes,
danced to the music of Omni, bid on auction items and placed bets on the televised races of the "Maryland General Million."
Partygoers included Fred Kelly, chairman of MGHS; Jim O'Conor, prominent Realtor and hospital board member; Bill Russell, hospital board secretary; and Dr. John Manzari, hospital medical director, and his wife, Sharon.