For several hundred local folks, it wouldn't be the holidays without a special visitor flying in to deliver gifts and good cheer. As they mingled in a ballroom at the Tremont Grand, enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, many of those people marveled at that visitor's dedication.
"Isn't it nice that Pam Shriver flies in from her home in Los Angeles just to do this event?" asked Ed Kiernan, general manager of WBAL and WIYY radio.
"She really is a special person," added Edie Brown, owner of Edie Brown & Associates, there with her husband, retired dentist Stan Brown.
This was, in fact, the 24th year that the former tennis champion and sports broadcaster had returned to her native Baltimore to host her annual auction held the night before her tennis tournament benefiting the Baltimore Community Foundation. As Shriver worked her way through the room, meeting and greeting guests, it was clear she had not grown tired of hosting the bash.
One of the highlights for her was the evening's entertainment: the Bryan Bros. Band, made up of the No. 1 doubles team, brothers Mike and Bob Bryan - on drums and keyboards, respectively - and their dad, Wayne Bryan, as lead singer and guitarist.
"They may be playing backup to their dad tonight, but tomorrow they'll be in the spotlight. I love them," said Pam.
The love was obviously returned, as the band called Shriver up to the stage to join them on the maracas.
"This is my fifth year coming to this," said Meghann Siwinski Malone, Novatis Pharmaceuticals senior sales consultant, watching her hostess on stage. "And it's always a great time."
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