There wasn't a Grinch in sight at the 100 Black Men of Maryland's 10th annual Christmas Brunch. As soon as you walked in the door at Martin's West, you were greeted with sparkling Christmas trees, four-foot toy soldiers, a mountain of poinsettias and a huge gingerbread castle. The goodies and good cheer continued inside the banquet hall, where guests shared in a sumptuous buffet and later worked off the meal with a few turns on the dance floor.
Even the football fans could relax and have a good time because the Ravens game was being broadcast on two big screens.
Included in the merry mix: Walter R. Carr, event chair; Guy Bragg and Roscoe Heigh, event committee members; Roderick Larry, 100 Black Men of Maryland board president; Barry Haley, Willie Nichols, Ray Hall, Jay Watkins and Kenneth Webster, board members; Howard Tucker, executive director; Yvonne Howell, District of Columbia government education services specialist; Dr. Russell Perkins, Rosemont Elementary School principal; Carl McDonald, Baltimore Fire Department assistant chief; "Big Jim" Staton, WEAA-FM radio personality; Ali Perrin, NEX Construction owner; Jacqueline Moye, Essex Community College information specialist; Reginald Cornish, American Federation of Government Employees Local No. 1923 vice president; Marvin Brown, McCormick & Co. forklift operator; Turhan Robinson, Maryland assistant attorney general; Walt Bethune, Office Depot computer scanner; and Bea Morton, Maryland Department of Corrections nurse.
The brunch brought in $27,000 for 100 Black Men of Maryland scholarship programs.