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Mental Health Association of Maryland

The beverage of choice at Camden Yards this afternoon was tea. In fact, this almost could have been called an old-fashioned afternoon tea. The Mental Health Association of Maryland celebrated the Baltimore branch's 50 years of service with a "Tea Time Tribute" at its annual meeting.

Some 300 mental health professionals and supporters gathered in the ballpark's warehouse banquet room to sample a variety of muffins, scones and finger sandwiches. They had a choice of tea or coffee, complete with accouterments like whipped cream, cinnamon, shaved chocolate and raspberry, vanilla and hazelnut flavored syrups. A few ladies really got into the spirit of things by donning summery hats.

To complete the therapeutic atmosphere, a harpist provided soothing background music.

Among those gathered: Faye S. Adler, event chairwoman; Yvonne M. Perret, Mental Health Association of Maryland immediate past president; Kali Mallik, Mary R. Craig, Dr. Orlando Davis, Marion Ehrlich, Randy Lutz and Susan Sugar Nathan, association board members; Linda J. Raines, Mental Health Association of Maryland executive director; Dr. Jerome Frank, Mental Health Association of Maryland founding member; Genelle Watts, McCormick & Co. assistant counsel; Damion Briggs, Maryland Health Partners president; John Greenspan, KSFR-FM Radio program director; Katie Applefeld, product manager; Steve Baron, Baltimore Mental Health Systems president; Bob Lloyd, retired assistant superintendent of Baltimore public schools; Dr. Tony Lehman, University of Maryland School of Medicine department of psychiatry chair; Mike Finkle, On Our Own of Maryland executive director; Balinda Hairston, Praise Project director; Dr. Annelle Primm, Johns Hopkins Hospital psychiatrist; Dr. Theo Lemaire, Associated Mental Health Specialists clinical psychologist; and Bob Blankfeld, Baltimore County Department of Health mental health services director.

The meeting raised about $20,000 for the advocacy group.

Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

It wasn't tough to figure out where some of the money raised for the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House's "Third Annual Baltimore Bash" was going. As the 300 guests arrived at DeGroen's Grill, they walked by construction on the new addition to the Flag House and Museum, right across Granby Street. Once inside the Flag House, they could examine a scale model of the planned expansion, including a miniature version of a 30-foot by 42-foot stained-glass window -- the same size, color and design of the original star-spangled banner made by Mary Pickersgill in the house next door.

The red, white and blue theme continued throughout the family themed party -- particularly at the kids craft table, which displayed various creations of foam stars and buttons. And it was as obvious as the frosting on their faces to see which of the red, white or blue cupcakes many of the children preferred.

As far as the grown-ups were concerned, there were plenty finding their own fun -- dancing with the children to the band, or gathering inside at the bar. Among them: Kristen Shaab and Jay Hall, event co-chairs; Alison Jaeger, Kevin and Lisa Loone, Beth Mulcahey, Julie Kenny and Molly Reid, event committee members; Tim Naylor, Star-Spangled Banner Flag House board president; Olive Waxter, Brian Brooke, Les Foster, Ham Bishop, Skip Deeley and David de Muth, board members; Barbie Hargrave, Star-Spangled Banner Flag House campaign director; Donald H. Ready Jr., Nextel Communications account executive; Jule Langis, Towson accountant; Betsy Dugan, Octavia owner; Kerry Sheehan, Coca-Cola key account manager; Dr. Matthew Mardiney, Mardiney Asthma & Allergy Centers partner; Betsy Chaffet, York College of Pennsylvania student; Jennifer Padgett, Profiles Inc. senior account executive; Lauren Dobraniecki, Enterprise Rent-A-Car sales representative; John Kenny, White, Miller, Kenny & Vittori managing partner; Dr. David Mergerian, Bel Air dentist; Paula Michels; Kevin C. Michels, Enterprises office manager; Tom Fan, Institute of Notre Dame social studies teacher; and Dr. Steve Varipatis, Parkville dentist.

The bash raised some $30,000 for the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

Social Calendar

Sept. 24: "Golden Anniversary Celebration." Benefits Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Maryland. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, Art Modell honoree, live music. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St. 7 p.m. Tickets $200. Call 410-243-4000.

Sept. 26: "2002 Charm City Awards Dinner." Benefits Women in Film & Video of Maryland. Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, awards presentation. Belvedere Hotel, 1 E. Chase St. 6 p.m. Tickets $55 members, $60 nonmembers. Call 410-685-3456.

Sept. 26: "Awards Dinner." Benefits Baltimore Incentive Awards Program at the University of Maryland College Park. Open bar; hors d'oeuvres; seated dinner; keynote speaker Eddie Brown, Brown Capital Management president. Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St. 6 p.m. Tickets $75. Call 301-405-4638.

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

Sept. 27: "Horsing Around With Industry -- Annual Gala." Benefits Baltimore Museum of Industry. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, live music, video horse racing games. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. 7 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-727-4808, Ext. 133.

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

Tim Naylor, Kirsten Shaab, Jay Hall (above); Sonia Socha, Alan Gephardt (left)

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