Mardi Gras came a little late this year for the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA). On Friday, March 7, 2008, more than 140 people came out to revel in the party atmosphere at the 17th Annual MSBA Charity Event presented by the MSBA Young Lawyers Section. This year’s charity event, set at Louisiana Restaurant in Fells Point, raised just over $5,000 for the Maryland Mentoring Partnership.
The evening began with a happy hour co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Divisions of the Baltimore City and Baltimore County Bar Associations. This hour-long pre-party was the perfect start to the night ahead as guests began to arrive. Once the doors opened to the main event, guests were treated to the musical talents of Sac au Lait, a Dixie-style band. While enjoying the French Quarter atmosphere amid beads and masks, those in attendance mingled and talked into the night. Many also enjoyed hearing their fortunes as tarot cards were read courtesy of Washington Talent. Guests also made their way upstairs to the silent auction to bid on such items as sports memorabilia (on consignment from Robbie’s First Base in Timonium), tickets to local attractions and museums, dining gift certificates and a trip to St. Thomas, USVI. After an evening of food, fun and prizes, the event ended with a raffle punctuated by boxes of Girl Scout cookies.
At the heart of this successful event was a great cause: Maryland Mentoring Partnership (MMP). MMP is “mentoring central” for Maryland. To help close the gap between the number of youth who need mentors and the number of volunteers who make the commitment, MMP provides leadership, training, advocacy and a rallying point for providers across the state. Since 1996, the work of MMP has been focused on recruitment in four distinct sectors: Corporate, Government, Faith and Community. With a vigorous sector-based recruiting strategy and targeted technical assistance, MMP has been the catalyst for the rapid growth of mentoring in Maryland.
The planning committee worked hard on making this event a memorable one, but it could not have done so without the support of their donors and sponsors, including - Marshall sponsors: The Daily Record, Bowie & Jensen, Ober Kaler; Masker sponsors: Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; and Reveler sponsors: Astrachan Gunst & Thomas, P.C., Hertzbach & Company, Law Office of Michelle Stawinski, and Tydings & Rosenberg LLP. Donors to the event were: Advance Business Systems, Laura Ayd, B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore Opera House, Jan Berlage, Brewer’s Art, Brick Bodies, Brocato’s Studio of Hair, Judge William Buchanan, Judge John Carroll Byrnes, Canton Gallery, Amy Caswell, Charles Theater, The Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Dalesio’s of Little Italy, Dave & Buster’s Grand Sports Café, The Elkridge Furnace Inn, Everyman Theater, Fire Museum of Maryland, Girl Scouts, Gore Brothers Reporting & Videoconferencing, Greg’s Bagels, Hyatt Regency Baltimore, IXIA Restaurant, James Joyce Irish Pub, The Jewish Museum of Maryland, Ladew Topiary Gardens, Judge Theresa Lawler, Let’s Dish, Andrea Levy, Betty Lubbert, Maryland Art Place, MICPEL, Elizabeth Morris, NEO Viccino Bar & Grille, Red Maple, Judge Thurman H. Rhodes, Roys’, Hilary Siderius, Solomon Publications, Sotto Sopra, Studio 1612, That’s Dancing Ballroom & Dancesport Center, Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia, Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, VIN by Chef Paternotte, and Wegman’s.