Press Releases and Staff Reports


Bryan Voltaggio’s Pitching a Series


Last night’s MPT half-hour program, Obsessed with Everything Food: A Living Magazine, featuring the 2009 Top Chef contestant and Frederick chef Bryan Voltaggio, will be used as a pilot for national series following Chef Voltaggio across America in search of regional favorites.

The special showed the chef performing his cooking magic at his Frederick restaurant VOLT and touring some of his favorite culinary spots across the state. On the program, he visits a local food farm, experiences steamed crabs prepared Maryland watermen’s way, and prepares a recipe for Chesapeake Bay blue crab rolls. He also makes a stop at Flying Dog, Frederick’s own micro-brewery.

If you missed last night’s MPT program you can still watch the trailer on our video landing.


Organ Plush Toys for Valentine’s? Ten Percent of Sales Benefit Hopkins


If you want to say I love you in a new and different way, say “I Heart Your Guts” with a stuffed intestine from I Heart Guts.  The unusual plush toys will be on sale at Trohv on The Avenue in Hampden and 10 percent of the sales of the toys will go to the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute.

Give the “When Urine Love” kidney shirt, or proffer an “I Lung You” lapel pin to your beloved. Instead of roses and chocolate, how about a stuffed testicle (“Having a Ball”) or ovary (“Ova Achiever”) to let your honey know you’re in the mood for love?

I Heart Guts founder Wendy Bryan is the anatomically-obsessed illustrator who makes plush internal organs. Black Book magazine said of the guts, “These furry toys can transplant love back into any tired relationship, while Time Out New York says, “The deliriously happy bunch is sure to put any get-well card to shame.”



Philanthropist, Gilman Alum William P. Carey Dies at 81


William Polk Carey, a philanthropist with deep Baltimore roots who gave heavily to Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland and Gilman School, among other Baltimore institutions, died yesterday afternoon of natural causes at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was surrounded by family and friends, who had traveled to be with him.  He was 81 years old.

Mr. Carey founded W. P. Carey & Co. LLC, a company that manages a global investment portfolio of approximately $11.8 billion in real estate assets. According to public filings and the current value of the stock, his holdings in the company approach $500 million. The W.P. Carey Foundation, which Mr. Carey established in 1988, will be the primary beneficiary of Mr. Carey’s estate, the foundation announced.

In addition to Gilman School, where he was an alumnus, Carey made gifts to Boys Latin, Bryn Mawr School, the Baltimore School for the Arts and Calvert School. Carey’s grandmother, Anne Galbraith Carey, founded Gilman in 1897.

“We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Carey.  Bill and the Carey Family have been inextricably linked with Gilman since our founding by his grandmother, Anne Galbraith Carey,” said John Schmick, Gilman headmaster. “Bill has always been there to support the school in so many different ways –  through his generous philanthropic commitment, his outstanding business sense, his constant push for excellence in all facets of the school, and his care and commitment to Gilman students worldwide.  We will greatly miss Bill Carey, as will so many educational institutions and the city of Baltimore.  We have lost a wonderful and generous friend,” he added.

In 2006, Carey gave a $50 million donation to Johns Hopkins to establish its business school, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. (The business school has a video tribute to Carey on its website.) Just nine months ago, Carey announced his donation of $30 million to The University of Maryland School of Law. The school is now named after Carey’s grandfather, Francis King Carey, who was a graduate of the law school (Class of 1880).

In 1988, Mr. Carey established the W. P. Carey Foundation, which supports education. His brother, Francis J. Carey, who is a member of the board of trustees of the W.P. Carey Foundation, said, “Bill was not only an insightful businessman but a wonderful brother and a good citizen. He always felt grateful that he was raised in a family committed to public service — and he worked passionately to uphold that tradition.” Mr. Carey was a direct descendent of President James K. Polk.