Nine hundred sports fans huddled at Martin's West for Tackle MS, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual Dinner of Champions. The kickoff came as master of ceremonies Steve Davis, sports anchor for Fox 45 and WB54 TV, coached former Baltimore Colts Tom Matte and Lenny Moore, Ravens cornerback Duane Starks and Ravens president David Modell as they competed in a football toss.
Matte made the game's only goal, but the evening's MVP was Robert J. Lawless, president and CEO of McCormick & Co. He was chosen as the society's Man of the Year for his quarterback moves in community service.
The Ravens cheerleaders tried raising a little team spirit for the tuxedoed and begowned audience, which included dinner chairman JR Paterakis; vice chairmen G. Kent Humphries and Rick Rodgers; MS Society chair-elect Janice Kirkner and Gen. Michael Dugan, president and CEO of the National MS Society.
After enjoying a protein-packed dinner of filet mignon, shrimp and crab, MS team players such as Alan and Lisa Sawyer, Frances Reeves, Tom Koch, Larry LaMotte and Shirley Bigley practiced plays on the dance floor to the music of Nightlife.
The final score: $360,000 gained in the fight against MS.
Pub Date: 02/28/99