Fullwood Foundation


January 20, 2002|By Sloane Brown

Never mind the pancakes -- this was a Saturday breakfast with panache. As some 2,620 folks filed into the Martin's West ballroom for the Fullwood Foundation's 14th annual "Benefit and Recognition Breakfast," they were greeted by a wax figure of foundation co-founder and president Harlow Fullwood Jr., lent by the Great Blacks In Wax Museum. The real Fullwood was busy in the back helping to get things organized.

Who needed coffee to wake up, when you get a patriotic processional led by the Frederick Douglass High School honor guard? The guard stood at attention while a column of medal-bedecked honorees passed under their crossed swords, making its way to the dais.

Among those enjoying the morning meal in grand style: Elnora B. Fullwood, Fullwood Foundation co-founder / vice president; Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., Fullwood Foundation lifetime achievement award recipient; Laurence Stappler, Victor March, Harold Reid, Francine Stokes, Ida Mae Dates, Betty Jones and Terrance B. Sheridan, event honorees; Tricia Ellis, Greater Baltimore Council leadership assistant director; Will Francis, WMAR-TV senior sales and marketing executive; Danene Randall, Social Security Child Care Center assistant director; Leonard McNeal, Local 486 steamfitter; Stanley Hackett, retired New York City police officer; Harry Maistros, Celebrations Unlimited artist / designer; Nikkia Flanigan, MCI sales representative; George W. Williams Jr., Williams Moving and Distribution owner; and Kelly Hounshell, Federal Reserve Bank clerk.

The breakfast raised some $200,000 for the Fullwood Foundation.

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