Sandy Hook Reaches the Heart of Baltimore … Joey’s Purple Ball

Josephine (Joey) Gay

Josephine (Joey) Gay

Baltimore natives Bob and Michele Gay lost their daughter Josephine (Joey) Gay in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. They will host a benefit Joey’s Purple Ball to honor Joey’s life on Saturday June 8, at Bob’s alma mater, the Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore. All proceeds will go to Joey’s Fund, established in conjunction with The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism to assist families with autistic children.

Why is it called Joey’s Purple Ball … Joey absolutely loved the Baltimore Ravens and the color purple. Sooo—guests are encouraged to wear purple. And in case you were wondering—Yes, I did go out and buy a new purple outfit. Lot’s ‘o serious food has been donated by area restaurants –many of them are owned by Calvert Hall College High School alumni including Conrad’s Crab & Seafood Market, Barrett’s Grill, Jerry D’s Restaurant & Tavern, McFaul’s Ironhorse Tavern, Andy Nelson’s Barbeque Restaurant and the Towson Delly. I’m on the event committee and when I found out that Bob and Michele met each other at Bertha’s, I shot a quick email to owner Andy Norris who jumped right in to help. Not only will Bertha’s provide food for the event but they are also coordinating a separate fundraiser at the restaurant to garner additional dollars for Joey’s Fund.ball58393141 [Converted]

So—what’s gonna happen at this very special event? Guests can dance the night away to the music of New Romance, the Mid-Atlantic’s hottest 80’s band, and there’s a silent auction with items such as a signed football by the 2012-2013 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (1 out of only 100—uh HELLO!), O’s premium field box seats, luxury home rentals and so much more. There may even be a few champions in purple that come out to honor Joey. “Joey was a special child who touched the lives of everyone she knew,” Michele Gay, Joey’s mother, said. “Despite being non-verbal and autistic, she was a bundle of positive energy and love. Bob and I want to turn our family’s loss into a lasting legacy of service to the autism community. Joey’s Purple Ball is a great way for us to celebrate her life, while helping fund the cause that is now our life’s work.” Tickets for Joey’s Purple Ball can be obtained at:

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2nd Annual Vine Rewind Wine, Music & Art Festival
will celebrate the music of the 70s, 80s and 90s on June 22 and 23 at Linganore Winecellars. Sample 19 featured Linganore wines including the 2012 Best in Class Gold Medal Winner, Traminette- and take tours of their eco-friendly wine-making facility. Check out handcrafted goods, fine art, tasty treats and rewind to your fave tunes with four different bands: The Leslie Avenue Band; Spiral; All Natural and the 80’s tribute band, The Reagan Years. The festival grounds open at 10 a.m. and music is from 12 – 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Adults 21+ and $15 for designated drivers or Activity Military.

Linganore Winecellars is located at 13601 Glissans Mill Rd. in Mount Airy, Md.

The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court celebrates its one-year anniversary as part of the Sonesta brand with weekly food and beverage specials during the month of June. The Sonesta International Hotel Corporation assumed management of the AAA Four-Diamond rated hotel on May 31, 2012. The weekly specials will be offered for lunch and dinner in Explorers restaurant on the hotels second floor “It’s amazing how quickly our first year in Baltimore has passed,” said David Kohlasch, general manager. “Our new summer menu will be debuting very soon, so this is a great opportunity to not only experience the fresh flavors and innovative cuisine from our executive chef and our talented culinary staff, but also the special offers are our way of saying thanks to our guests and the Baltimore community that has supported us.” Executive Chef Josean Rosado will unveil his summer menu to coincide with the June discounted specials—and—FYI—he grows all of his own herbs at the hotel. Some of the menu items include oysters and grits, wings prepared with honey harvested from the hotel’s own apiary—and–are you ready—they have red velvet cake bread pudding! SO freaking yum! Check it out!

CONGRATS: Pierpoint Restaurant’s Owner/Chef Nancy Longo participated for the 17th year in The Taste of the NFL (TNFL) representing the championship Baltimore Ravens and raising $24,000 for our Maryland Food Bank, coming in 3rd place in this nationwide fundraiser. Each week during the season she hosted game events at Pierpoint, garnering dollars from F&B sales, raffles for Ravens memorabilia and an amazing Superbowl party for 15. She raised $1000 more than last year, when she won the TNFL game ball for the chef raising the most money for their team fans. The non-profit TNFL brings together the country’s top chefs and the NFL’s greatest to raise money in support of food banks throughout the United States. The efforts culminate at the Super Bowl with The Party with a Purpose. Held on the eve of Super Bowl, this event is a unique way to experience exceptional cuisine, meet NFL players and coaches, and support the fight against hunger. Way to go Longo! Can’t see what you come up with this year.

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RANDI ROM is a Baltimore special events planner, marketing and public relations maven, freelance writer and head of R.J. Rom & Associates. Have a hot scoop? Contact Randi via e-mail at or by phone at 443-691-9671.

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