Sure, the decorations were great at "The Twilight Ball," a benefit for Hospice of Baltimore and Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. In the Marriott Waterfront ballroom, white-draped tables were crowned with tall silver candelabra spouting twinkling candles and fountains of white orchids.
But what the guests seemed to enjoy looking at the most was ... the other guests. Among the crowd of 825 was a virtual "Who's Who" of Baltimore -- all dressed to the nines. If it wasn't the name or face that grabbed you, it was this or that gorgeous gown going by.
Among those names and faces: hospice board chair Connie and Bill Pitcher, event chairs; Pat and Art Modell, event honorary chairs; Charlene Cohen, Sandy Glover, Claudia Grimm, Nora Koontz, Jay Lewis, Annette Paterakis and Peggy Schapiro, event committee members; Dr. Gary Cohen, George Santos, Frances E. Smith and Lee Thomas, hospice board members; Catherine Boyne, hospice executive director; Larry Merlis, GBMC Healthcare CEO / president; John Paterakis, H&S; Bakery Inc. president; Ed Brody, Brody Transportation president; Raymond "Chip" Mason, Legg Mason, Inc. chairman / CEO; Richard Alter, Manekin Corp. CEO; Greg Barnhill, Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown managing director; Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colt legend; Tom Koch, Curtis Engines CEO / president; Lisa Pachino, Bristol-Myers Squibb oncology territory manager; Sam Hoyle, a counsel for RCM&D; Hanan "Bean" Sibel, Sibel Leasing CEO; Dave Nelson, Sierra Military Health Services president; John Guerriero, Continental Foods former owner; Punch Peterson, BCC Steel CEO / president; Michael Lasky, E-Inphomation CEO / president; and Tom Obrecht, P.F. Obrecht & Son president.
The gala raised more than $335,000 for the hospice and the Gilchrist Center.