Karen Jackson, For The Baltimore Sun
March 9, 2013
Diane Sengstacke, Marge Pearce, Nancy Worthington and June Thompson attended the Paint and Powder Club's annual President's Ball at Hayfield Country Club.
While Baltimore's Paint and Powder Club still puts on its charity variety show each year, as it has since 1893, the President's Ball was an opportunity for members to dress up and, for its female attendees, to use paint and powder that wasn't meant for the stage.
Some 160 folks showed up at Hayfields Country Club in black tie regalia to eat, drink, dance, and enjoy the social benefits of the club.
"I even tied my own black tie, which is not easy," said Duke Thompson, director of the Maryland Conservatory of Music, one of P&P's chosen charities this year.
"I think he did all right," said his wife, June Thompson, Harford Gastroenterology Associates RN.
"The Paint & Powder Club always throws an excellent party, whether it's a bull roast or the President's Ball," said Jan Wilson, executive director of The Red Devils, the other charity beneficiary.
"When we get together, it's just plain fun," said Kandi Slade, who co-chaired the event with Jane Sewell and Carolyn Manning.
Meanwhile, President Frank "Bud" Piff deflected the spotlight, instead pointing to the club's reputation as being the oldest of its type in the United States.
"This is our 120th year, and there's something special about that. [Also, what's] very special is that in the last 10 years, we've contributed a half a million dollars to our charities," he said.
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