Talk about your hot night -- and we don't mean the balmy evening temperatures -- to get a sellout crowd of 1,500 to fill the Living Classrooms Foundation campus. Feed them spicy treats from more than 40 area restaurants. Then let loose some jumpin' tunes from a boogie-woogie group and a zydeco band. The Living Classrooms annual fundraiser, "Maritime Magic," simply sizzled.
Among this warm and friendly crowd: James Piper Bond, Living Classrooms president and CEO; Parker Rockefeller, senior vice president; Brian Billick, Ed Hale, Andy Obrecht, Michael Ott, Dick Pate and Alan Walden, Living Classrooms board members; Eileen Abato, event auction and restaurant chair; Linda Stewart, Baltimore Mentoring Partnership executive director; Mark Thoner, Lite 102 radio afternoon drive personality; Ted Rouse, Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse partner; Brenda Bodian, BJB Realty Advisors principal; Fred Eisenbrandt, equity capital markets director, Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown; Jimmy Rouse, Charles Street Association president; Carmen Pennenga, Best Western Inn in Maryland front desk clerk; Don Pettit, Estee Lauder Companies corporate vice president; Meg Woodside, Amerix Corporation vice president; and Jack Dwyer, Capital Funding Group president.
The shindig raised more than $125,000 for Living Classroom's scholarship fund for disadvantaged youth.