The Hyatt Regency Baltimore mezzanine was filled with folks preparing for an evening trip. That's certainly not unusual when you're in a hotel. But this was a journey that wouldn't leave the hotel ballroom.
And the "traveling clothes" were black-tie optional.
"We're going to take a little walk down Motown Memory Lane," said Christine Snyder. She and husband Larry Snyder were the co-chairs of this, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland's "23rd Annual Gift of Life Gala," in which several 1960s-era musicians would be performing: The Platters, Charlie Thomas and The Drifters, A Tribute to the Delfonics and Ali Ollie Woodson of The Temptations.
"This is like the biggest gala and R&B; revue that we've had in Baltimore in years," said Diane Lyn, 101.9 Lite FM on-air personality.
Board president Marlene Manfra said that she and husband Fred Manfra were looking forward to dancing the night away.
"It's time to rock 'n' roll!" was the color commentary from the Baltimore Orioles broadcaster.
For guest Josephine Hill, H&S; Bakery cutter, the event brought back memories of meeting The Temptations when they had performed in town years ago. For her friends, Cheresa Trehern, a Hyatt PBX operator and reservationist, and Sandy Jones-Molyneaux, a retired mortgage underwriter, the evening's importance took on deeper dimensions.
"I'm a dialysis patient. I'm on the machine right now," Trehern said.
"I'm just recuperating from a kidney transplant in May. Thanks to Johns Hopkins, I'm alive," said Jones-Molyneaux.
"This is very personal because I would not be here if I didn't get that kidney."