Steadman honored in fund-raiser

Aberdeen event has name

reception draws `names'

Golf

April 12, 2001|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Thomas Steadman knows his brother would not have wanted all the attention.

At the same time, John Steadman, longtime local sportswriter, editor and columnist who died of cancer in January, would have wanted to do anything in his power to help others.

Realizing that, Thomas Steadman happily allowed his brother's name to be used for the American Cancer Society's Tournament of Hope golf tournament to be held Sept. 11 at Beechtree Golf Club in Aberdeen.

"We were thrilled to be able to do it," Steadman said. "That's why, when he died, we gave some of the money to the American Cancer Society. John would not have liked a whole lot of fuss made over him. But this - I felt he would have loved this."

The tournament organizers held a kickoff reception last night at the Valley Country Club in which local sports legends Brooks Robinson, Jim McKay, Art Donovan, Jim Mutscheller and Lou Grasmick were in attendance.

The reception paid honor to Steadman as well as serving the purpose of informing local business leaders about Hope Lodge.

Hope Lodge, in Baltimore, is a free home for cancer patients and their families who come from out of town to receive treatment. The golf tournament, in its fourth year, is the primary fund-raiser for the home, which opened in 1986.

Rich Dumais, co-chairman for the tournament, hopes to triple past years' efforts.

"We hope that we're able to get it up to the $150,000 level with corporate sponsorship this year," Dumais said. "This year, because of the help from the Steadman family, we want this to be huge."

"John Steaman epitomized Baltimore," last night's emcee, McKay, said. "He's owed by pro football. He's owed by all of football in Maryland."

For more information on the tournament, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-787-4337.

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