Ida Ruben To Be Feted
A bunch of Ida G. Ruben's friends plan to honor the longtime legislator at a fundraiser for two agencies that aid the developmentally disabled. The tribute to Ruben, 78, who lost her state Senate seat last year, will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring.
Ruben spent 32 years in the public sector, 17 of them as a senator. She was the first woman to be elected president pro tem of the state Senate and the first in 100 years from Montgomery County to hold the legislative leadership post.
County Council member George Leventhal (D-At Large), among those organizing the tribute, said the event will benefit CHI Centers Inc. in Silver Spring and the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes in Rockville, nonprofit organizations that Ruben selected after her friends asked. A contribution of at least $50 is recommended, Leventhal said, for an evening that includes music, dance, comedy and film tributes.
Ruben's husband, L. Leonard Ruben, a retired Circuit Court judge who was still hearing cases, died March 21. Leventhal said that her friends were especially eager now to "do something positive for her." The idea for the tribute was hatched in December, he said, shortly after Ruben was defeated by Jamie Raskin for the District 20 seat, which includes the Silver Spring area.
Others on the organizing committee, he said, include Carol Trawick, a former Republican candidate for county executive, Theresa Cameron of the county's Arts and Humanities Council, and Del. Sheila E. Hixson (D-Montgomery).
"We wanted to acknowledge this extraordinary leader," Leventhal said. More information about the fundraiser is available from Joyce Bonnett at 202-243-0156.
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