YOU COULD SAY THAT THE CHIMES School's "2007 Hall of Fame" celebration was a family affair this year because it wasn't just former Maryland state senator Frank Kelly being honored, but also his wife, Janet, their four sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. And 22 -- almost all of them -- turned out at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for the shindig.
"We're celebrating generations...and we have three generations here with us," said Janet Kelly.
"The whole theme of this evening is the generations of the Kellys supporting generations of people with disabilities, just as Chimes has for the last six decades," said Chimes president / CEO Terry Allen Perl.
"The Kellys are a wonderful family. They're dear friends of ours, and just to do an inspirational benefit like this is great," noted Buzz Greenwood, the Greenwood Group chair / CEO, who had brought his mother, Dottie Greenwood, to the event.
Hundreds of folks milled around the Meyerhoff lobby, sampling a dinner buffet and catching up with old friends.
But celebrating family and the organization's work was only the first part of the night. The second half was all about Liza ... as in Liza Minnelli, who performed on the Meyerhoff stage.
"We're very excited about seeing her," said Karen Travlos, a Chimes social worker who had come with two Chimes teachers, Nichelle Jessup and Karrian Blackwood.
"She's an icon, an American original," said Jim Spellissy, PHH vice president.
A DRINK WITH MARCY SAGEL
BALTIMOREAN MARCY SAGEL HAS spent her career in design -- first as a graphic designer, then interior designer. With clients up and down the East Coast, Sagel now specializes in kitchen design. She will be opening the showroom for her company, Kitchens By Design, in her neighborhood of Canton within the next few months. She is also on the board of the Contemporary Museum.
Why home in on kitchen design?
I've always loved to cook. I had my own catering business when I was in high school, selling desserts and hors d'oeuvres to my parents' friends. ... So, I have a passion for the design of a kitchen.
So, what's a must-have in your kitchen?
My kitchen needs to be redesigned, but that's another story. [She laughs] I haven't had time to redesign my own kitchen. ... [But, if I did] I would have the Thermidor refrigerator and freezer columns.
What do you think is the biggest mistake people make when designing their kitchens?
They should really continue the taste they have through the rest of their house into the kitchen. The reason for this is -- the kitchen is the new living room. It's the most important room in the home these days.
What are your favorite things to do when you're not working?
I cook and I travel.
What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?
I'm extremely detail-oriented. That's a strength and a weakness to the point where if friends are at my house, they'll move a dish on a side table and then they'll time it to see how long it takes me to move it back.
What are words you live by?
Always treat people the way you would like to be treated.
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