Ed Block Courage Award Foundation

MARYLAND SCENE

March 17, 2002|By Sloane Brown

It's what every big-and-tall formal-wear retailer dreams of: A reception room chock-full of big-and-tall guys totally decked out in designer tuxes. Since these were all top-notch NFL players from around the country -- recipients of the 2001 Ed Block Courage Awards -- this VIP gathering was also the ultimate fantasy for football fans. In fact, there were some 700 die-hard sports hounds waiting downstairs in the Martin's West ballroom to get a gander at their idols at the 24th annual Ed Block Courage Awards dinner.

Among those at the predinner warm-up: Sam Lamantia, Ed Block Courage Award Foundation board chair and event chair; Mary Ann Peacock, G.G. Hyle, Carl Jess, the Rev. Ray Chase and Toni Linhart, event committee members; Lenny Moore, Ed Block Courage Award Foundation board president; Jim Mutscheller, Frank Culotta, William Donald Schaefer, Rick Faint and Tom Matte, board members; Tommy Brasher, Jeremy Ostroski Jr., Ted Johnson, Rich Braham, Jeremy McKinney, Duce Staley, Cory Raymer, Santana Dotson and Daunte Culpepper, event honorees; retired Raven Tony Siragusa; Jeremy Schaap, ESPN correspondent; Jeff Baumbach, Steve Divino, John Noble and Brett Porigow, Port Authority of New York / New Jersey police officers; Mike Curtis, former Baltimore Colt / Washington Redskin; Peggy Daidakis, Baltimore Convention Center executive director; Dave and Sharon Pivec, Courtney's of Timonium co-owners; D.J. Ports, Baltimore Bayhawks corporate sponsorship director; Mary Rode, St. Vincent's Center administrator; Barbara Blount Armstrong, Associated Black Charities chief program officer; Sylvia Mackey, Los Angeles-based model; John Paterakis, H&S Bakery president; Joe Ehrmann, Grace Fellowship Church preaching pastor / former Baltimore Colt; and Kirk Maggio, sports artist.

The awards dinner raised more than $300,000 for the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, which helps abused children.

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