Around Town


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

The mezzanine level of the Hyatt Regency Hotel was a swirl of sequins for the "2003 Promise Gala," benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Founda-tion, Maryland Chapter.

Some 540 fine-feathered folks mingled during the cocktail hour and perused the silent auction. Some even took a sneak peek at the ballroom, where dinner and dancing were scheduled. What was inside those white boxes, blue satin ribbon and bow, at each person's dinner place? (A custom-made Rubik's Cube-style puzzle.)

Getting into the swing of things: Diana Daly and Mary Ellen Kaplan, event co-chairwomen; Day Bank, Margaret Counselman and Stacy Johnson, event committee members; Dr. Morton I. Rapoport, event honoree; Jerry Oppel, JDRF Maryland Chapter board president; Laurie Glassner, Leon Kaplan, Robyn Mingle, Debra Nelson, Perry Snyder and Barbara Manekin Spodak, board members; Janet Rosen, JDRF Maryland Chapter executive director; Sandy Brooks, McCormick Spice brand manager; Dan Dodd, Associated Appraisers real estate appraiser; Jill Swerdlin, juvenile public defender for the Maryland State Office of the Public Defender; Gary Winkelman, professional session bass guitar player; Leslie Berman, Insurance Masters surety bonding agent; Dr. Oscar Ramirez, Esthetique Interna-tionale owner; Terry Morgenthaler and Barbie Hart, community volunteers; Michael Oshrine, John W. Brawner Contracting project manager; Jay Brooks, Salomon Smith Barney first vice president; Will Passano, SCP Communi-cations CEO; Ed Civera, Civera Enter-prises founder / CEO; Dale Hoffman, Legg Mason bond trader; William H. Winstead, Manekin Corp. senior vice president; Gail Kandel, Vasarri owner; John Saxton, the Sheridan Group president / CEO; Bill Simmons, Group Benefits Services president / CEO; Dr. Nicola Freda, Timonium-based plastic surgeon; Jeff Caslow, Bel Air Watermark sales associate; and Henry M. Wright, Atlantic Distilling president.

The gala raised about $350,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Maryland Chapter.

Junior League of Baltimore

A sensory overload at the opening night party for "Celebrate Style -- The Baltimore Design Forum." The sights? A treasure trove of furniture inside Gaines McHale Antiques. The sounds? Tunes from a real live big band set up in the middle of things.

The smells and tastes came around every corner, as guests were treated to the offerings, mashed potato martinis, roasted veggies, fajitas, to name a few, at a myriad food stations. And what could you touch? Just about everything.

Among the 210 guests taking it all in: Barbara Cox Hart and Jennie Rickard, event co-chairwomen; Jean and Mike McHale, event hosts; Jennifer Alder, Stephanie Bartal, Adrienne Carter, Marie Dundas-Kelly, Merrily Ure, Coleman Ellenburg, Genevra Waldron and Marie Hartman, event committee members; Alice C. Smith, Junior League of Baltimore board president; Candace Friedman, Heidi Bowen and Polly Douglass, Junior League board members; Patrick Sutton, Baltimore designer; Tracy Kwiatkowski, Insur-ance Inc. agent; Janet Plitt, Morgan Truesdale Interiors president; Diane Weis, Louis Mazor interior designer; Susan Stiles Dowell, Southern Accents contributing editor; Nancy Pascale, Ellicott City decorative painter; Jeannine Feeney, Timonium interior designer; Lisa Fitzhugh, Carol Goodman and Cindy Turner, community volunteers; Deb Chambliss, Mercantile Bank & Trust chief financial officer; Fran Cashman, Legg Mason first vice president; Sam Robinson, Valley Craftsmen owner; Molly Roulette, Baltimore interior designer; John Andersson, Coppermine Terrace Interiors principal; Jan Christensen, Antiques By Design owner; Donald Imm, Home Run Studio owner; Lindy Small, Constellation Energy corporate contributions director; Jan Wittenbach, Clearing House owner; and Brian Thim, Rita St. Clair Associates project designer.

The shindig raised more than $30,000 for the Junior League of Baltimore.

Social Calendar

March 2: "Bull & Oyster Roast." Benefits Casey Cares Foundation. Beer, soda, buffet meal, casino-style games, DJ, dancing. Towson American Legion Hall, 125 York Road. 1 p.m. Tickets $30 at door.

March 5: "First Annual Meeting & Afternoon Tea." Benefits Women's Giving Circle of Howard County. Guest speaker philanthropist Tracy Gary, tea, finger sandwiches, pastries. Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville. 4:15 p.m. Tickets $20. Call 410-730-7840 or 410-730-0316.

March 6: "V-Day Baltimore 2003." Benefits the House of Ruth. Cosmopolitans, hors d'oeuvres, mingling with local celebrities, performance of "The Vagina Monologues" by local celebrities. Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. 6:45 p.m. reception, 8 p.m. show. Tickets $100, $40 show only. Call 410-472-4557.

March 7: "4th Annual March Magic Dinner and Auction." Benefits Paul's Place. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, DJ, dancing. Port Discovery, 35 Market Place. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $125. Call 410-625-0775.

March 7: "5th Annual Spring Swing." Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, live music, dancing. Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $125. Call 410-771-9000.

March 8: "Bull & Oyster Roast." Benefits Towsontowne Rotary Club charities. Beer, wine, buffet dinner, DJ, dancing, game wheels. The Children's Guild, 6802 McClean Blvd. 6 p.m. Tickets $35. Call 410-329-5021.

March 8: "Third Annual Gala." Benefits Casey Cares Foundation. St. Patrick's Day theme, open bar, food stations, live music, dancing, celebrity appearances. The Mason's Grand Lodge, 304 International Circle, Hunt Valley. 7 p.m. Tickets $75. Call 443-568-0064.

March 8: "High Rollers Ball." Benefits Best Buddies Maryland. Open bar, martini bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, D.J., dancing, casino-style games. Amer-ican Visionary Arts Museum, 800 Key Hwy. 8 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 1-877-632-8339.

If you'd like to have your social event considered for coverage on the Maryland Scene page, please fax the information at least three weeks in advance to 410-675-3451, or call 410-332-6520, or mail it to Party Page at The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.

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