A blast of cool air and a cold drink greeted guests inside the Chestnut Ridge Country Club clubhouse -- a welcome reward for spending a hot day on the course competing in the "Celebrity Golf Classic for Leukemia," benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Maryland Chapter. Golfers munched on chicken wings, wontons and meatballs, while mingling with local sports celebrities who had also played in the tournament.
But it was the event's honorary chairman -- Henry J. Knott Jr., who had died the previous week of the disease -- who received the evening's major tribute. Before any prizes were handed out, guests removed their golf caps and bowed their heads to honor his memory with a moment of silence.
Among the 150 gathered: Richard Sammis, event chair; Buzz Hiken, and Rich Kohles, event committee members; Ken Johnson, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Maryland Chapter board chair; Bernie Gerst, Jeff Stein, and Fran Reinhardt, board members; Sharon Yateman, Society executive director; Brandon Stokely, Chris Redman, Kyle Richardson, Marvin Lewis and Matt Cavanaugh, Baltimore Ravens players and coaches; Johnny Unitas, Rick Volk, and Lydell Mitchell, former Baltimore Colts; Tippy Martinez, former Baltimore Oriole; Donnie Hill, Morgan State University assistant football coach; Scott Garceau, WMAR TV sports director; Don Scott, WJZ TV news anchor; John Coulson, Ravens Radio manager; Skip Brown, The Belts Corporation president; Dick McGee, Abacus Corp. executive vice president; Jimmy Watson, Watson's Garden Center chairman; Debbie Paterakis, retired Merrill Lynch vice president; George Ralph, B&R Coatings, Inc. chief operating officer; Jon Schochor, Schochor, Federico & Staton senior partner; Hal Kilberg, Retail Packaging Warehouse president; and Michael Gerst, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Maryland Youth Ambassador.
The event raised some $100,000 for the fight against leukemia.