Penguin-prizing patrons


"Zoomerang! 2K" may be the only time this year that people are the stars of the Baltimore Zoo. But, whether they realized it or not, at least half the 2,200 formally attired guests were dressed akin to this year's Zoomerang animal-of-honor -- the penguin.

There certainly was plenty of fabulous food to waddle through. More than 70 Baltimore-area restaurants and caterers offered such specialties as apricot teriyaki salmon, smoky cane-syrup-glazed pork loin and chocolate-dipped Oreo-cookie ice-cream sandwiches. Then partygoers dived onto the dance floors in three different tents.

Helping raise more than $300,000 for a new home for the Zoo's African penguin colony: Mary Ann and Frank Burch, event co-chairs; Janet and Richard Livingston, restaurant committee chairs; Sharon Nevins, Donna Hamilton, Blair White and Merrie Street, event committee members; Roger Birkel, Baltimore Zoo executive director; Michael Hankin, Baltimore Zoo board chair; Billie Grieb, board president; Buddy Roogow, Hugh Norton, Lainy Lebow-Sachs, Chris Pope, Nancy Hackerman and Gail Shawe, board members; Duke Lohr, partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP; Don Hutchinson, Greater Baltimore Committee president; Robert Wildrick, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers CEO; Thomas Frazier, director of U.S. Department of Justice office of community-oriented policing services; Charlie Fenwick, Valley Motors president; Barbara Blount Armstrong, Associated Black Charities director of community services and grants; Dennis Cashen, the Campbell Group media director; Ray Mitchener, manager of Ruth Shaw; and Joe Smith, Bell Atlantic director of external affairs.

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