"Minds of the Millennium," the Carson Scholars Fund annual awards banquet, provided a feast of sights, sounds and tastes. As some 1,035 guests enjoyed their Sunday dinner in the Martin's West ballroom, they were first entertained by the Young Columbians singing group. That was followed by a concert from the Carson Four -- a string quartet of 17-year-old Murray Carson, B.J. Carson, 15, Rhoeyce Carson, 14, and their mom, fund co-founder Candy Carson.
Meanwhile, photos of this year's 176 Carson scholars -- each of whom was awarded money to be invested for college -- were flashed on big screens on either side of the stage.
Finally, fund president and co-founder (and father / husband of Carson Four members) Dr. Ben Carson addressed the gathering, congratulating the many scholars and their families present.
Among those at the celebration: Toba Barth, event logistics chair; Jackie Alexander, Vicki Aversa, Patti Norton, Allison Sonder and Sharon Speerhas, event committee members; Roger Bennett, Vic Broccolino, Louis Friedman, Phyllis Friedman, Dan Wagner and Lee Warner, Carson Scholars Fund board members; Debbie Bangledorf, fund administrator; Nancy Grasmick, Maryland superintendent of schools; Barbara Dezmon, Baltimore County Public Schools assistant to the superintendent; Henry Rosenberg, Rosemore Inc. chairman; Kelli Richardson, Jehrica LeCora Cummings, Je'nay Karen Woolridge, Charles F. Hillberg III and Andrew Berry, Carson Scholars; Vickey Manning, Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants president-elect; Jeffrey Koch, Compuware computer consultant; Donna Hartjen, Bank of America bank associate; Karen Gerstmyer, Rosedale Center GED transition facilitator; Ingriul Earles, Merck & Co. pharmaceutical representative; Mary Ann Rishbarger, Baltimore Trade Exchange owner; and Lisa Bonds, National Association of Women Business Owners, Baltimore chapter president.
One more reason to celebrate -- the dinner raised $78,000 for the Carson Scholars Fund. --