They dined on salmon en croute, blackened tenderloin and assorted salsas. They placed their bids on items ranging from sports memorabilia to vacation trips for two at silent and live auctions, danced to the beat of maracas, celebrated Cinco de Mayo, applauded this year's Breath of Life Award recipient Cal Ripken Jr. and raised about $125,000 for the Lung Association's "Sesame Street A is for Asthma," a program for preschool children with asthma.
Close to 400 guests attended the annual celebration and cheered as Billy Ripken accepted the award on his brother's behalf at the American Lung Association of Maryland's Breath of Life Celebration.
Spotted among those on the dance floor and at various food stations at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore were event co-chair Marcia Friedman and her husband, attorney Michael A. Friedman; event co-chair Jan Williams, ALAM board vice president; ALAM board member Stephen J. Nolan of the law offices of Nolan, Plumhoff & William; Baltimore Ravens guard Edwin Mulitalo; Dr. Steven A. Schonfeld, ALAM board president; auction chair Diane Macklin, of the Macklin Agency, and her husband, Larry Macklin, senior vice president, Bank of America; Steve Peregoy, ALAM executive director; Lauri and Steve Kovens, owners of A & A Global Industries and highest bidders ($3,000) for a trip to the Caribbean, donated by U.S. Airways and Sandals Resorts; Del. Dan Morhaim and his wife, Shelley; Jane and Jared Long, president, Constellation Power Source Generation; Baltimore Ravens defensive coach Marvin Lewis and his wife, Peggy; and, hardly missing a dance, Ida and Cuddy Friedman, both in their 80s.