2nd Bea Gaddy Day to pay tribute to late social worker

Performances, collections of food for needy, testings for cancer to mark event

October 02, 2003|By Tom Pelton | Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

In honor of homeless advocate Bea Gaddy, the city is planning a day of artistic celebration, food collections for the needy and free cancer testing tomorrow.

The second Bea Gaddy Day will pay tribute to the well-known social worker who fed thousands of people every Thanksgiving and ran a shelter for women and children.

Gaddy, 68, died of breast cancer Oct. 3, 2001. City Council President Sheila Dixon introduced a resolution three days later to create an annual day of giving to honor the woman some called the "Mother Teresa of Baltimore."

"The community continues to respond generously to this whole effort," said Caprece Jackson-Garrett, spokeswoman for Dixon's office.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., a series of poets, singers, dancers and comedians will perform on a stage in front of City Hall.

The lineup will include a "poetry slam" with homeless poets at 11 a.m., the Golden Rockets dance company at 1:15 p.m., comedian Sheila Gaskins at 2:15 p.m., singer Verna Day-Jones at 2:45 p.m. and the Elifrey Caribbean 9 Dancers at 4:30 p.m.

People who want to donate food for the homeless can drop off their donations at City Hall, the Great Blacks in Wax Museum at 1649 E. North Ave., any city fire station, any Safeway or SuperFresh supermarket, or more than 100 other locations. For more details, visit www.baltimorecitycouncil.com.

Women who want information on the free mammogram cancer tests should call 410-225-7019 or 410-328-4673.

Men interested in free prostate cancer screenings should go to Urban Medical Institute, 2600 Liberty Heights Ave., between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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