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Right to Shoes/'Soiree' Book Party

Updated: Friday, April 26 2013, 09:57 AM EDT

A beautiful late afternoon in downtown Baltimore was the setting for two charity events on Thursday. First up, at the Four Seasons hotel in Harbor East, a crowd of 400 converged in a ballroom overlooking the harbor for the 'Right to Shoes' annual awards event for Planned Parenthood. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while listening to speakers ranging from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, and Congressman John Sarbanes, to state comptroller Peter Franchot and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. I rounded up earlier in the Wit & Wisdom Tavern downstairs with Doug & Joy McPeters and a few friends before heading upstairs to the party. There, I joined guests such as Diane Macklin, Jamie Kofsky, and Michael North outside on the balcony to soak in the late day sunshine and observe the boats skimming across the face of the harbor waters.

Next, it was a quick trip around the harbor to the Center Club, where a talk by Atlanta author Danielle Rollins was underway. It was part of her national book tour for 'Soiree: Entertaining with Style,' her gorgeous new coffeetable book celebrating Southern hospitality and entertaining. Guests at the event were served stylish bites and drinks based on recipes from the new book. The event was hosted by Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and benefited the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics. Minging in the crowd, I caught up with designer Stephanie Bradshaw, PR maven Barb Clapp, MAC fitness club co-founder Liz Rhode, Lifebridge's Tina Manning, Sinclair Broadcast Group's Honor Reeling, social media/marketing guru Molly White, and David Nevins and Kirstie Durr of Nevins PR. Also spied chatting in the crowd were Amy Newhall and Sandy Glover. After the talk, the author signed copies of her book as day faded to evening.

I took that as my cue to head into Federal Hill to The Rowhouse to watch the NFL draft broadcast. Before we got to the Ravens first pick, Matt Elam, I entertained myself by keeping up with some social media live-snarking of the event (Chris Berman, what is up with your hair?). Also following the broadcast upstairs at Rowhouse: Tom Lopez, Scooter Holt, Len & Betsy Homer, Lou Licata and Frank Leibman.

(Shown above: the crowd at the Center Club for the 'Soiree' book party.)

Right to Shoes/'Soiree' Book Party

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