Seen and Scene: Toys for Tots party turns up the heat

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Local,Entertainment,Anne Boone Simanski

Maybe the party was a little "naughty," but the cause was certainly "nice." And Santa most definitely will put a check mark next to Jim Seay's name for a job well done on behalf of the Toys for Tots program.

With scantily clad barmaids making sure everyone was in a festive spirit, the masses filled Seay's three-story Canton waterfront home, bearing not only a lot of skin, but also a toy to put under the tree for the Toys for Tots holiday collection campaign. Seay is president of Premier Rides, one of the world's top designers and manufacturers of roller coasters.

Each level of Seay's home featured different libations and treats. "This is a great party for a good cause," said guest Stephen Jacoby. "I haven't seen Santa yet, but I sure have seen a lot of people dressed like 'ho-ho-hoes."

Jacoby's companion joyfully chimed in, "This event should have been called Toys for Ta-Ta's."

Spotted partying for the cause was Jami Kofsky, Kevin Welsh, Sen. Catherine Pugh, Steve de Castro, Tiffany Zappulla, Tracy Kwiatkowski, Tammy Stone and Pat and Jeanine Turner to name a very few.

My thanks to Jim Seay for his kind invite and a great toy drive.


Now, that's pampering

Recently, I was thrilled to join The Women's Wine & Dine gang to celebrate the holidays in style and also raise money and awareness for CASA-Baltimore through its Giving Spirits Foundation. The ladies arrived at the About Faces Spa in Canton in their best pajamas and got pampered with special spa services while sipping on champagne donated by Spirits of Mt. Vernon.

"This is far from your fifth-grade PJ party for sure," said Monyka Berrecosa, the event's organizer.

One special treat was a fantastic singing performance by Brooke Poklemba, winner of Miss University City, a preliminary to the Miss Maryland/Miss America competition. "Spa"tted enjoying the evening were Nancy Hines and Terry Weigel.

Making the Scene

Catch up with Anne Boone-Simanski this week:

Today: Ravens vs. Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium, 4:15 p.m.

Monday: Red, Hot & Green Holiday Bash at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 5:30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. to benefit the National Academy Foundation.

Tuesday: Star-studded fashion show at The Maserati Dealership in Timonium, hosted by the Ravens' Dan Wilcox.

Friday: Ugly Sweater Holiday Party (private) to benefit ovarian cancer.

 


One cool condo

Want to own a piece of "The Wire"? Well, give Realtor Cindy Conklin (Yerman, Witman, Gaines & Conklin) a buzz because she has just listed the 4,000-square-foot Harbor waterfront condo in Canton that was the last home of "The Wire's" drug kingpin character Stringer Bell after he made it big and was trying to go legit. The sellers are bit of a mystery, but I hear he is a prominent head-shrinker, she is a member of the media, and they are well known for a very popular Flag Day party every year, since the condo is "front row" for the Fort McHenry fireworks. By the way, the price tag is a cool $1.75 million.


Quote of the week

From Towson Tigers basketball coach Pat Kennedy, whose team suffered through an embarrassing 85-64 loss Tuesday night to St. Joe's. When was asked what he thought of his team's execution, Kennedy shot back: "I'm all for it."


Anne's top pick

>> What: Cocktails for a Cause to benefit the Casey Cares Foundation

>> When: Tuesday, from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

>> Where: Crazy Lil's, 27 E. Cross St. in Federal Hill

>> Info: All tips and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the foundation

Anne Boone-Simanski can be reached at absss@baltimoreexaminer.com.


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