A guide to faith-based travel came out a few months ago. It's called The Christian Travel Planner. The $16.99 paperback includes information about missions and ministries; Christian cruises, camps and retreats; and Christian heritage sites around the world. Domestic attractions noted in the book include the Holy Land Experience biblical park in Orlando, Fla., and The Great Passion Play performed in Eureka Springs, Ark. Listings for monastic guest stays include the Monastery of Christ in the Desert in Abiquiu, N.M. The book was written by Kevin J. Wright, president of the World Religious Travel Association.
Each year, Associated Black Charities holds a fundraising gala. So far, it's been a high-society event calling for black ties and fancy dresses.
This year's fundraiser, on June 14, is a dress-down event that has a totally different feel.
The 2008 Sport Legends Gala at Dave & Buster's Grand Sports Cafe at Arundel Mills Mall will honor former athletes who achieved iconic status in their sport. The list of legends includes Calvin Hill, a Baltimore native who played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins; former Baltimore Colts great Lenny Moore; U.S. Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes of Silver Spring; former Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green; former Orioles outfielder Al Bumbry; and former Washington Bullets star Phil Chenier. Current players for some of the area's local teams have also been invited.
At the event, which runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., guests will have access to Dave & Buster's interactive games, billiards tables and bowling lanes. There will also be a multicourse meal.
Associated Black Charities is a nonprofit organization that helps under-served populations.
Dave & Buster's is at 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover. Tickets to the gala are $225 in advance, $250 at the door. To buy tickets, go to sportsgala08.org.