Jan. 9: Ninth annual "Heartfest" honors Dr. Simeon Margolis, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital; Debbie Allen, producer, director and actress; and Earl Woods, father of golf star Tiger Woods. The latter two are spokespeople for heart-disease prevention. Martin's West. 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets $60. Heart-healthy dishes prepared by 25 area restaurants. Call 410-472-1504.
Jan. 9: Friends of Historic Annapolis Foundation's "Cabin Fever Social." Eastport Yacht Club. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets $10 for members; $15 nonmembers. Call 410-626-1030, Ext. 16.
Around the town
A happy new year to one and all, especially to:
Channel 2's Rudy Miller, whose annual cookie-exchange party has become a Christmas tradition for her girlfriends. It's an evening filled with good wine, good food, good conversation and of course, good cookies. This gal's culinary skills are wonderful, unlike most of her friends! Not only did she fill us with divine hors d'oeuvres and dinner, but she also made a fabulous gingerbread house as the centerpiece for the cookie table. ...
Ravens player Tony Siragusa, whose foundation donated $15,000 to the Grant-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that fulfills the wishes of critically ill children.
In last Sunday's coverage of the Port Discovery party, I mistakenly said that the Classic Catering People had prepared the food for the seated dinner. In fact, this fine meal was the work of Linwood-Due Caterers.
100 Black Men of Maryland
A Christmas brunch at Martin's West was the big holiday event of 100 Black Men of Maryland. It was the group's eighth annual brunch. The brunches are just one of several events held yearly to raise money for the men's youth programs and scholarship fund.
At this time, the men are helping students attending Bowie State, Coppin State, Morgan State and several institutions outside Maryland.
Rick Larry and Walter Carr Jr. chaired this year's brunch, which honored Lonnie J. Carr, Warren C. Hayman and Donald E. Rigby (posthumously) with a President's Award; William Patrick, Special Appreciation Award; Brandon Sinch, Senior Mentee of the Year; and Damian Peterson, Saturday Tutorial Program Mentee of the Year.
Howard Tucker is president of the organization, which is already working on its Heritage Ball, a black-tie/international-attire fund-raiser set for April 16. Baltimore orthopedist Dr. Gary Pushkin and his fiancee, Kathy Abbott, were not only honorary co-chairs of the eighth annual AIRS holiday party, but they also opened the doors of their lovely home for the 250 guests attending the fund-raiser.
Carolers from Goucher College stood on a second-floor balcony singing as guests walked up the circular driveway. On that driveway a new Dodge Neon sat waiting for its new owner. It was but one of the hot items offered in the event's live and silent auctions. Another was two around-the-world airline tickets, donated by Todd Burke of TWA.
Nearly 200 items were available to bidders, and the auctions raised a lot of money for the Don Miller House (for HIV/AIDS
patients) and the family programs of AIRS (AIDS Interfaith Residential Services).
Event co-chairs Loretta Garfinkle and Paul Huether greeted people as they arrived for the festivities. Highlights included beautiful flowers and decorations, donated by area floral designers, and tasty food prepared by Tracey Watson, Watson Catering. Among those at the party were Leslie Kayne, executive director of AIRS; and Betty Chemers, president of AIRS. It seems that the most successful happenings at the new Ravens football stadium these days are charitable events. One such event was the annual Baltimore Ravens "FANtastic," a fund-raiser held in conjunction with the Ravens Wives Association. This popular event benefits the Baltimore Ravens/Hopkins Bayview Kids Fund, which in turn supports the Pediatric Burn Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
The Ravens had a great lineup of VIPs: owners Art and Pat Modell, player Brian Kinchen and wife Lori; coach Earnest Byner and wife Tina; player Jermaine Lewis and wife Imara; player Mike Frederick and wife Cherye; player Sale Isia and wife Amy; and player Kevin Byrne with friend Lisa Bereu.
Hopkins representatives included Dr. Edward Miller, CEO of Johns Hopkins Medical; and Dr. Andrew Munster, director of the burn center.