Maryland Chapter

Funniest Celebrity in Baltimore Contest!

In October, R Baby's Maryland Chapter held its first event, The Funniest Celebrity in Baltimore Contest, at Martin's East. The First Lady of Maryland, Judge Katie O'Malley, threw out the first joke and was followed by contestants such as MASN's Jen Royle, The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck, Dean of the University of Baltimore's School of Law Philip Closius, and former Deputy Director of State Luis Borunda. WMAR's Richard Sher carried the night as emcee, and the all-star panel of judges included Bill Stetka, Community Affairs Director for the Baltimore Orioles, comedians Alabama and Bob Somerby, WBAL's Deborah Weiner, and Delegate Dan Morhaim, MD.

In addition to the hysterical entertainment, guests enjoyed a deluxe meal and open bar as well as a live auction with prizes such as dinner with celebrities and fine jewelry. Larry Lancaster, the headliner, entertained the audience while the judges tallied their scores. Top honors went to Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld, Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg of Beth Tfiloh Congregation, and WBFF's Patrice Harris, but every one of the contestants had the house in stitches as they gave their all to support one of R Baby's most esteemed grant programs. The Maryland Chapter raised over $50,000 that night for the Rebecca Ava Rabinowitz Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Maryland Hospital for Children, enabling the Hospital to transfer research equipment from the laboratory to a clinical setting. Here, testing can be done with samples obtained throughout the area to identify viruses early in pediatric patients so they can be treated appropriately, adhering to R Baby's goal: saving babies' lives.