Dec. 10: A wassail party, Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton. Given by the St. George's Garden Club. 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Candlelight house tour and greens sale also. $30. Call 410-557-9570.
Dec. 11: Baltimore Ravens "FANtastic" charity event, in conjunction with the Ravens Wives Association. Ravens stadium. p.m. to 11 p.m. Benefits Bayview Pediatric Burn Unit. $150. Black tie optional. Call 410-550-1155.
Dec. 11: Harbor Lights Festival of the Arts preview cocktail party. Benefits CollegeBound Foundation Scholarship Fund. Baltimore Convention Center. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. $35. Call 410-783-2905.
Dec. 12: Toys for Tots benefit, sponsored by Great Expectations and the Merritt Athletic Club. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Merritt, 8757 Mylander Lane, Towson. Price of admittance is a new toy. Call Stuart Egerton at 410-938-8989.
Dec. 12: Hanukkah party with Charm City Klezmer band, sponsored by the Fells Point Creative Alliance. The Lodge, 244 S. Highland Ave. Dreidel spinning, menorah displays. $10 at the door. Cash bar. Call 410-522-7620.
Dec. 13: 100 Black Men of Maryland's eighth annual Christmas Brunch Scholarship Fund-Raiser. Martin's West, Woodlawn. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $35. Call 410-313-8931 or 410-435-8176.
If you'd like to have your social event listed here, please fax the information to Sylvia Badger at 410-758-1654.
A grand-slam event
Talk about clout. When Steffi Graf pulled out of Pam Shriver's annual tennis challenge, Shriver was able to replace her the very next day with the top-ranked women's tennis player in the world, Lindsay Davenport. That coup was the topic of conversation at a cocktail reception held at Harbor Court Hotel on the eve of the tennis challenge.
The grand-slam event is held annually at the Baltimore Arena to benefit Shriver's Baltimore Community Foundation, which donates funds to area children's charities. However, the
proceeds from the silent and live auctions at the cocktail party benefit the Baltimore Tennis Patrons.
And what lively auctions they were, with Shriver and her pal Brady Anderson of the O's at the microphone acting as auctioneers. Among the folks I spotted at the party were Judy Sussman, manager of the Perring Racquet Club; Clinton Kelly, president of Baltimore Tennis Patrons; Loretta and Willie Hirshfield, owners of the Greenspring Racquet Club; Larry Frank and Eddie Dopkin, Classic Catering People; and Donna and David Julian (she's general manager of the Baltimore Arena).
National Kidney Foundation board president Mary Murphy welcomed more than 500 guests to the Hyatt Regency for the group's annual Ball and Casino Night. The Party Palace of Abingdon did a great job transforming the ballroom into a little Las Vegas, where guests gambled, dined and enjoyed an
WMAR-TV's Sandra Pinckney emceed the festivities and gave a touching introduction to the evening's honorees. Dr. Robert H. McLean was given the Life Achievement Award for his countless accomplishments in pediatric medicine. The Public Service Award recipient was Easton's Dr. Donald T. Lewers, who was there with his wife, Pat.
High rollers at the ball included Baltimore magazine's Steve Geppi (also honorary corporate chair), with NFK member Mindy Stout; Dr. Andrew Klein and wife, Julia; Bernard Siegel, president of the Weinberg Foundation; and Dr. Stephen Bartlett, a transplant surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Systems.
"Going once, going twice, sold!" was music to the ears of Park School auction chair Eileen Koenigsberg. After months of work by Koenigsberg and her auction committee, 800 incredible silent and live items were being sold.
More than 500 guests bid and outbid each other for trips to London, Hawaii and other places, and raised almost $250,000 for the school's Tuition Assistance Endowment Fund, which provides scholarship aid to more than 16 percent of the student body.
Among the bidders and helpers I saw were attorney John Kenny and his wife, Jan; Brooks Lakin, history teacher at Park; and committee members Leslie and Tom Ries and Jim and Hillary Jacobs.
Kudos to KSE Productions, which managed to give the Timonium Fairgrounds locale a warm, cozy auction-house atmosphere.