Hundreds of well-heeled Baltimoreans turned out for the "Steps to the Cure Inaugural Ball," where mannequin legs sprouted on the bar and on tables throughout the room, each outrageously decorated and up for auction. A trellis trimmed with shoes graced one wall; guests could pick a pair to take home. The evening's highlight was a fashion show moderated by a celebrity guest - Project Runway winner Christian Siriano.
The evening was the brainchild of local plastic surgeon Dr. Larry Lickstein and his wife, Lori Lickstein, who have lived in Baltimore just two years. Their foundation donated the night's proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Fuchsia Foundation, Kids Konnected and Red Devils.
"We decided we wanted to make a contribution to the Baltimore community, and we wanted to develop an event that would move people to really make a difference," said Dr. Lickstein, a partner with Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland.
The evening's pleasures and its purpose came together in the fashion show. The 29 models were all local breast cancer survivors.
"It was a little scary, a little nerve-wracking. ... It actually got my adrenaline pumping. ... It was fun being with the other women back there, because we all have a similar experience," said model Kathy Matava, Matava Shoes president.
"I think the coolest thing about the whole show is that the models are [cancer] survivors. I think it's going to be an empowerment for them," said Heidi Slacum, Fresh! Boutique president.
Enjoying a 'Wire' family get-together
Most of the cast members of The Wire have moved away since the Baltimore-based HBO series ended, but we're not forgotten.
Actress Sonja Sohn tells me that she just had dinner this week with "a few of the guys": Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield), Andre Royo (Bubbles), Gbenga Akinnagbe (Chris Partlow), Clark Johnson (Gus Haynes) and writer Chris Johnson. In fact, they do that every few weeks at Canele, the Silver Lake, Calif., restaurant that "Dre," or Royo, owns with his wife.
"We feel like a family. Baltimore feels like our home where we grew up together; nurtured our creativity," Sonja says.
So maybe the show was snubbed by the Emmys. Not so from another side of Hollywood.
"I went to an Emmy event, and [Mad Men creator] Matthew Weiner, and the writers from The Closer and Dexter came up and expressed how much they loved and respected David [Simon's] work," Sonja says.
So, if we can't see how Kima Greggs (Sonja's character) is doing these days, we can check up on Tricia Evans. That's the new character Sonja plays on ABC's Brothers and Sisters.
"I'm the neurosurgery resident who's having Rob Lowe and Calista Flockhart's adopted baby."
So what does Sonja miss most about B-more?
"I miss my house. I loved it; that beautiful open backyard, and sitting out on the porch."
Meanwhile, you may still be able to do a little Wire celebrity spotting here. Clarke Peters (Lester Freamon) still has a house in town and spends time at some of his favorite haunts.