Ed Block Courage Awards


March 18, 2001|By Sloane Brown

Talk about a football fan's fantasy. Many of the top National Football League players all in one room lined up at tables, waiting to meet you and give you an autograph -- and all you had to have was a ticket to the 23rd annual Ed Block Courage Awards sellout dinner.

A line of fans snaked down the Martin's West hallway, as they waited for a chance to meet some of their heroes, like Baltimore Raven Anthony Poindexter, Atlanta Falcon Jamal Anderson, Indianapolis Colt Bernard Whittington, Detroit Lion James Jones, Green Bay Packer Gary Anderson, New England Patriot Teddy Bruschi, New York Jet Jason Fabini, New Orleans Saint Joe Johnson and Kansas City Chief Eric Hicks.

Meanwhile, in the ballroom, the rest of the 1,700 guests mingled, including: Mary Ann Peacock and G.G. Hyle, event committee co-chairs; Sam Lamantia, Ed Block Courage Award Foundation board chair / CEO; Lenny Moore, former Baltimore Colt and Foundation board president; Frank Culotta, William Donald Schaefer and Jim Mutscheller, board members; honoree Marvin Lewis, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator; Frank Krauser, NFL Alumni president / CEO; John Bankert, Pro Football Hall of Fame executive director; Stan White, Joe Ehrmann, Nesby Glasgow, John Mackey and Jim Parker, former Baltimore Colts; Mary Lee Steadman, wife of the late sports writer John Steadman; Ed Shipman, Dallas Cowboys Courage House founder; Dave Pivec, Pivec Advertising president; Kevin Ciamarra, Patuxent Materials salesman; Duff Lake, Torino's Restaurant & Sports Bar chef; T.J. Lewis, Bank of America commercial banker; Hillary Figinski, I.C. Isaacs Co. Inc. executive design director; John Sadler, PSINet Stadium catering director; George Allen Ward, Dempsey & Carroll president; Scott Garceau, WMAR TV sports director; Wayne Gruehn, WLG Radio afternoon personality, Nancy Grasmick, superintendent of Maryland schools; Tom Davis, WQSR Radio and Home Team Sports sportscaster; and Dr. Shannon Winakur, Johns Hopkins internal medicine resident.

The event raised $300,000 for the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation's Courage House National Support Network, which supports Courage Houses in NFL cities that provide care for abused children and their families.

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