'Chocolate Ball' for Arc of Howard County

Nothing better to get you in the mood for dinner, than by getting a gander at the desserts first. There they were. All sorts of elaborate cakes, candy and pastries. All lined up on tables in the front lobby of the Kossiakoff Center at Laurel's Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. And all of them chocolate. Naturally. After all, this was the sixth annual "Chocolate Ball," benefiting the Arc of Howard County. And, if that wasn't enough, there were some student chefs, supervised by Mike Wagner, chef instructor at the Anne Arundel Community College Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute, demonstrating how to temper chocolate. (In layman's terms, they were showing how to make those fancy chocolate curls you see on gourmet pastries.)

In the evening's group of 440 chocolate lovers: Gordon Mumpower, event chairman; Chip McAuliffe, Tom and Kari Meachum and Nancy McLay, event committee members; Arthur Gold, the Arc of Howard County board president; Cole Schnorf, Chuck Ecker, Sheila Greenfield, Tom Sosinski and Joseph Murray, board members; Carol Beatty, the Arc of Howard County executive director; Esen Paradiso, Columbia Creative Services owner; Mary Margaret Kamerman, Maryland high school counselor of the year; Randy Marriner, Marriner Marketing Communications CEO; David Tripp, Rouse Co. vice president; Richard Dean, Environmental Systems Associates principal; Chuck Weller, Branch Banking & Trust senior vice president; Dennis Lane, Ryan Commercial Real Estate vice president; Ellen Koplow, AmeriTrade general counsel; Michael Nagle, Nagle & Zaller managing partner; Evelyn Bolduc and Vivian Bailey, community activists; Jessie Newburn, marketing consultant; Eran Eisen, international professional model; Judy Brown, Howard County General Hospital senior vice president of nursing; Pat Norlander, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab administrator; Beverly Hill, Nordstrom personal shopper; Donni Dingman, Verizon external affairs area manager; Ann Bromery, Ascend One director; and Steve Dubin, American Technology Investments president / CEO.

The party raised more than $75,000 for the Arc of Howard County, which helps people with developmental disabilities.

AIDS Interfaith Residential Services

Large gold-colored Oscar statues greeted folks as they arrived at the Academy Award celebration. But, this wasn't in Los Angeles. These gussied-up guests were coming to the second annual "Oscar Night Baltimore" celebration at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The whoop-de-do benefits AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, better known as AIRS.

First, there was a gourmet dinner served in the museum's pavilion, which provided a sparkling backdrop of city lights across the harbor. Then, guests adjourned to the museum itself, where dessert, a dance band and casino-style games awaited in one room. A large TV screen broadcasting the Academy Awards was set up in another.

Among the 250 revelers: Elisabeth Craig, event chairwoman; Buzz Cusack and Tom Kiefaber, event honorees; John Peoples, AIRS board president; Andrew Swanston, Sandy Boucher and Vicki J. Tepper, AIRS board members; Leslie Leitch, AIRS executive director; Carlton Smith, consultant; Karen Kaufman, Charles Theatre membership services czarina; Maureen Robinson, Baltimore County Department of Social Services public information officer; Charles Ritter, College of Notre Dame of Maryland history professor; Bob Raymond, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs decision writer; Pat Lovett, Johns Hopkins University librarian; Suzan Garabedian, SunTrust Bank senior vice president; Robert Levine, Fire & Ice CEO; Peter MacShane, Maritime Applied Physics Corp. business development director; Jules Willinger, engineer; Valinda Bryant, HERO client advocate; Glenda Dedman, University of Maryland School of Medicine pediatric immunology phlebotomist; Mario Peraza, University of Maryland Baltimore County assistant community director; and Steve Yeager, filmmaker.

The Oscar bash raised around $35,000 for AIRS.

Social Calendar

April 1: 11th annual "Culinary Extravaganza." Benefits Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. Open bar, 20 food stations with wine pairings from local chefs, live music. Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $150, Call 410-558-0932, Ext. 3027.

April 2: "High Heels for High Hopes." Benefits the March of Dimes. Open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, fashion demonstrations, fashion tips and trends, shopping bazaar, health screenings. Bonnie View Country Club, 2201 Smith Ave. 5:30 p.m. Tickets $65 in advance and at door. Call 410-752-7990.

April 2: Fifth annual "Wine Arts Tasting." Benefits Artscape. Wine, food stations. The Cloisters, 10440 Falls Road. 6 p.m. Tickets $75. Call 410-752-8632.

April 3: "Steppin' Out Onto the Silver Screen -- 25th Anniversary Celebration." Bene-fits TurnAround. Beer, wine, specialty drinks, food stations from more than 40 area restaurants / caterers, live music, dancing, caricaturists. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St. 6 p.m. Tickets $50, in advance or at door. Call 410-377-8111.

April 4: "Spring Soiree." Benefits Hampden Family Center. Beer, wine, mixed specialty drinks, buffet dinner, live music. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. 6 p.m. Tickets $75, in advance or at door. Call 410-467-8710.

April 4: "10th Anniversary Gala -- A Cause for Celebra-tion." Benefits Students Sharing Coalition. Beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, student cabaret. Glass Pavilion, Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $75 in advance and at door. Call 410-662-8999.

April 5: "Trends, Tulips and Tea." Benefits the Children's Guild. Afternoon high tea, fashion show plus trends and tips, shopping bazaar, children's activities. The Children's Guild, 6802 McClean Blvd. 1 p.m. Tickets $35 adults, $15 children, in advance or at door. Call 410-444-3804, Ext. 350.

April 5: Fifth annual "March Madness." Benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Young Professionals. Beer, wine, cash bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, TVs showing NCAA Final Four basketball games, live music, gaming wheels. Little Havana Restaurant & Cantina, 1325 Key Highway. 5 p.m. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at door. Call 410-823-0073.

April 5: "Breath of Life Celebration." Benefits American Lung Association of Maryland. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, food stations, live music, dancing, honorary chair executive producer / writer David Simon. Renaissance Harbor-place Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $175. Call 410-560-2120, Ext. 235.

April 5: "Novel Night Gala." Benefits Foundation for Baltimore County Public Li-brary. Wine, beer, martini bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, dancing. Towson Library, 320 York Road. 8 p.m. Tickets $65, $100, also available at door. Call 410-887-4474.

April 5: "IND -- Shining Through the Years." Benefits Institute of Notre Dame. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner. Boumi Temple, 5050 King Avenue, White Marsh. 6 p.m. Tickets $65. Call 410-522-7800, Ext. 222.

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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