This just in: More parties for autumn


Stop the presses! Oops, too late. Then, pull out your scissors and stapler for this little addendum to the Aug. 29-LIVE Fall Party Roundup, the details of which we got after our deadline.

And just when you thought you had your seasonal party plan all figured out.

Sept. 26: "Casino Night." Benefits Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Friends. Business / casual attire. Two drinks, cash bar, dinner buffet, casino-style and pool games. Edgar's Billiards Club, 1 East Pratt St. on the Skywalk. 6 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-358-1500.

Sept. 28: "Bow-Wow Ball & Mixer." Benefits the Partnership for Animal Welfare. Business / casual attire. Beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, dancing. 7 p.m. Tide Point, 1165 Hull St. Tickets $60. Call 410-685-8564.

Oct. 19: "11th Annual LOTTA ART Benefit." Benefits School 33 Art Center. Casual attire. Beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, guaranteed work of art in lottery-style drawing. School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St. 7 p.m. Tickets $125 members, $135 nonmembers, $25 not including work of art. Call 410-396-4641.

Oct. 26: "The Grand Imperial Opera Ball." Benefits Baltimore Opera Company. Black tie / traditional Russian costumes. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, ballet / opera performances set in a Russian winter wonderland, live music, dancing. Pikesville Armory, 610 Reisters-town Rd., Pikesville. 7 p.m. Tickets $300. Call 410-625-1600, Ext. 309.

Nov. 2: "Volvo's Friends for Life -- 10th Anniversary Gala." Benefits Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Friends. Black tie optional. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner buffet, anniversary tribute, stadium tours, live music, dancing, strolling entertainment. Ripken Stadium, 973 Long Road, Aberdeen. 7 p.m. Tickets $200. Call 410-358-1500.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming.

In other words, here's next week's Social Calendar.

Sept. 13: "Tea Time Tribute -- Annual Meeting." Benefits Mental Health Association of Maryland. Cash bar, teas, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music. Sixth-floor banquet room, Camden Yards Warehouse, 333 W. Camden St. 3 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-235-1178, Ext. 202.

Sept. 13: "Vintage Affair Silent Auction." Benefits Voices for Children. Tasting of more than 30 wines, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live jazz. Elkridge Furnace Inn, 5745 Furnace Ave., Elkridge. 8 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-740-0933, or 410-379-9336.

Sept. 14: "Third Annual Baltimore Bash." Benefits the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. Casual attire. Beer, wine, barbecue buffet, live music, dancing, children's games and crafts, tours of Flag House and War of 1812 Museum.

DeGroen's Grill / Brewer's Park, 104 Albemarle St., and the Flag House, 844 Pratt St. 4 p.m. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at door, $15 children ages 7 to 18, free for children under 7. Call 410-837-1793.

Sept. 14: "Diva-Licious Concert / Reception." Benefits Women's Housing Coalition. Casual / cocktail attire. Music and comedy performances by Ethel Ennis, Ruby Glover, Joyce Scott and Lea Gilmore, beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres, dessert buffet. Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $125, $65 concert only. Call 410-332-0033.

United Way of Central Maryland

It wasn't too hard to guess what the fourth annual "Kickoff for United Way" luncheon was all about. Bunches of purple, black and gold balloons danced above the dining tables filling the Baltimore Convention Center ballroom. Then there was that massive "Ravenstown" sign that stretched -- at least a couple of downs worth -- across the far wall. Oh, let's not forget the Ravens cheerleaders greeting folks as they entered, and Baltimore's Marching Ravens band merrily playing away in the corner. In case any further hints were needed, there were those cakes on each table decorated with the Ravens' logo.

Some 1,000 guests eagerly awaited their introduction to the Baltimore Ravens' final 53-man roster. What's more, each of those players and coaches would be seated at one of those balloon-bedecked tables, to share lunch, as well as a few photos and autographs, with the fans.

But there was more than one kickoff to celebrate. The luncheon also marked the beginning of the United Way of Central Maryland's 2002 fund-raising campaign.

Spotted in the football-frenzied throng: Jackie Hrabowski and Freeman Hrabowski, United Way of Central Maryland 2002 Campaign chairs; Jim Brinkley, United Way of Central Maryland board member; Larry Walton, United Way of Central Maryland president; Art Modell, Baltimore Ravens principal owner / CEO; Steve Bisciotti, Baltimore Ravens minority owner; Chip Doordan, Anne Arundel Health System president; Gary Geisel, Provident Bank president; Mark Furst, Allfirst Greater Baltimore president; Bob Koch, Northrop Grumman communications director; Carrie Polk, Nationwide Insurance agent; Jim Reilly, Baltimore County police officer; Norm Cochran, Baltimore-area private investigator; Nidra Williams, Johns Hopkins Hospital administrative assistant; Dave Humphrey, Maryland General Services department communications director; M.R. Heard, Maryland YWCA Meade Teen Infant Center program manager; Bob Stavisky, retired Giant Food store manager; and Chris Walker, Legg Mason vice president.

The luncheon raised at least $25,000 for United Way of Central Maryland. -- Sloane Brown

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