Pictured: Kevin Weiner, Karen Weiner and Bonnie Serpic It doesn't matter if the temperature is in the 90s and the humidity isn't far behind. If it isn't raining, it's great weather where "Crabaret" is concerned. The only kind of sprinkles welcomed at the annual fundraiser for the House of Ruth are the wine-tasting stations and food stations sprinkled throughout the Baltimore Museum of Art's sculpture garden. "The weather's perfect," announced Dr. Jack Kardos, who co-chaired the party with Vicki Deyesu. House of Ruth board chair Holly Edington and event committee members Amy Newhall, Louise Miller, Pam Malester, Joyce Ann Burman, Marsha Becker and Bonnie Serpick were among those who gratefully accepted the humidity as well (although Burman was spotted madly fanning herself with a program). Burman observed that the popularity of the party, in its ninth year, has grown every year. This year, she said, it sold out two weeks beforehand. "This is great," said Dave Oros, Global Domain Partners managing partner, as he looked around the crowded garden with awe. He and wife Marla Oros, Mosaic Group president, were among the evening's first-timers. "I walk in and say, Look what you started," WJZ personality Marty Bass said to his wife, Sharon Bass, who co-chaired the first few Crabarets. The bash is now a summer tradition for many guests, including: Linda Moxley, Baltimore Choral Arts Society executive director; Edie Brown, Baltimore-based public relations consultant; Sheryl Goldstein, Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice director; Lori Kilberg, Lori K. owner; Andrea Pecunes, Pecunes Painting vice president; and Eileen Abato, community volunteer. "This is the summer event you have to go to," said Michele Whelley, Central Maryland Transportation Alliance CEO. She explained that even when she lived in Connecticut, she would still make it back to Baltimore for the party. "This is summer's defining event that you have to go to and then you can leave on vacation," added Brian Comes, Tower Federal Credit Union human resources manager. One of the big reasons for the shindig's popularity? The menu: an array of crab dishes concocted by Gertrude's owner/chef John Shields. That's what brought first-timers Stephanie Bartal Lubitz, Baltimore-based CPA, and her husband, Adam Lubitz, Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical sales representative. "He loves anything with crab in it," she said. But, this party was about so much more than just having fun. "It's an important cause that shouldn't get lost in the sparkle of the party," said Monyka Berrocosa, MyCity4Her.com CEO. Brian Kroneberger, a senior vice president at the Dyer-Kroneberger Group, agreed. "You hear some of the stories, and it's heartbreaking," he said. "[The House of Ruth] is a pretty heady topic," noted Laurie Glassner, Louis Mazor Inc. interior designer. "So, if people can come enjoy themselves and learn about it, that's great."
Colby Ware, Special to the Baltimore Sun
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