Scene & Heard: Mercy Magic
( Photo by Colby Ware, Special to The Baltimore Sun / November 5, 2011 )
It was a bigger celebration than usual for Mercy Medical Center's annual gala, "Mercy Magic." If you didn't know the reason, it didn't take long to figure it out, thanks to what many guests were wearing.
Case in point? Tom Mullen, Mercy Medical Center president/CEO, sported a silver Mardi Gras necklace over his tuxedo.
"It's in honor of the 25th anniversary," he explained, as he chatted with wife Rosemary Wahler, community activist, and Kevin Lindamood, Healthcare for the Homeless president/CEO.
Amy Warner, Carson Scholars Fund executive director, shimmered in a metallic silver sheath, with her husband Lee Warner, The Warner Companies Chairman/CEO, at her side.
Then there was Dr. Ron Gutberlet. Over the years, Mercy's now-retired chief of pediatrics had become known for his over-the-top "Mercy Magic" themed attire. He didn't disappoint this year, decked out like a Christmas tree -- with silver fringe hanging from his silver jacket's sleeves and all across the back -- a little something he had whipped together with the help of his wife, Shirley Gutberlet.
Meanwhile, many of the chairs of previous galas got to dress the part of their particular party's theme in a parade commemorating the quarter-century's worth of parties.
"I'm looking forward to looking backward tonight," said Sister Helen Amos, board executive chair, as the procession began snaking through M&T Bank Stadium's North Club Lounge.
Many of the past gala themes showed up as headgear. It was crowns for 1993 "Journey to Camelot" chairs Dr. David Posner and Nancy Posner, a pith helmet for 1998's "On Safari" chair Roberta Flynn, and cowboy hats for 2005 "Circle M Ranch" co-chairs Dr. Michael Cox and Marsha Cox. Hats didn't do it for 2002 "Mercy's Magical Mystery Tour" co-chairs Stephanie Friedman and Jodi Moskowitz. They and husbands Dr. Neil B. Friedman and Sam Moskowitz carried the evening -- literally -- as they lugged a large yellow submarine.
-- Sloane Brown