Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter John Legend was the surprise performer "An Evening of Unexpected Delights" was aptly named. The fundraiser for The Journey Home -- a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Baltimore that is headed up by the United Way, Baltimore City and other groups -- was full of surprises. After guests were greeted by event co-chairs Sheela Murthy and Andy Bertamini, and Mark Furst, president/CEO of United Way of Central Maryland, the evening began with a cocktail hour at the Baltimore Convention Center. In a room decorated with huge murals by street artists and formerly homeless artists, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and got to try their own artistic hand with easels set up around the area. An hour and a half later, a group of break dancers led the way to the ballroom for a seated dinner and auction. Guests had also been promised "a very special performance by a Grammy-award-winning artist who is an inspiration to many and an idol to all." When dinner was over, the night's big surprise was revealed: singer/songwriter John Legend performed for the crowd for about an hour. The bash continued until about midnight at an after party, where folks browsed dessert stations and packed a dance floor, rocking out to a DJ. Another big surprise expressed by many attendees: how quickly the five hours flew by.
Sloane Brown, For The Baltimore Sun
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