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'Humanitarian of the Year' honored


At the 12th annual Crystal Ball, the "Humanitarian of the Year" for the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation was honored for his efforts fighting cancer on the job as well as off.

Award-winner Dr. Albert Blumberg, the vice-chair of radiation oncology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, is also president of Smoke Free Maryland and served on the Governor's Task Force to End Smoking in Maryland.

The gala raised $65,000 for GBMC's radiation oncology infusion services.

About 475 guests gathered at Martin's West to applaud the man of the evening, including: Revanne Aronoff, Carole Diamond, Rita Shemer and Arline Steinberg, event co-chairs; Carol Pondfield, Barbara Kreshtool, Eileen Chiat, Linda Kreshtool and Marsha Glassband, event committee members; Dina Klicos, event coordinator; Bill Kroh, GBMC Foundation board chair; Larry Merlis, president and CEO of GBMC; Sheila Riggs and Sayra Meyerhoff, GBMC Healthcare board members; Bill Knott, president of First Union Bank; Larry Macklin, senior vice president at Bank of America; and Dr. Eva Zinreich, GBMC radiation oncologist.

The Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation is a 42-year-old Baltimore area organization of women dedicated to raising funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.

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