`It was such a rush' for a new Ravens cheerleader

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April 07, 2005|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Molly Shattuck is the first to acknowledge that when she gets involved in a cause, she can get downright rah-rah. But now, she means that literally. She has just been chosen as a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader.

Molly says she was a dancer and cheerleader in college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She's spent the past few years having kids and managing a busy social calendar for herself and hubby Mayo, Constellation Energy's head honcho.

Not that she lost any of her enthusiasm along the way -- employing a gung-ho attitude in all her charity work (including the 25th anniversary Baltimore School for the Arts celebration April 16 at the Hippodrome, she's co-chairwoman), and at home.

"Even with our kids," she says, "it's a pretty enthusiastic household."

So, when Mayo saw a posting for Ravens cheerleading tryouts, he encouraged Molly to give it a try.

But, she says she didn't want her connection to a Baltimore CEO to influence the judging, so she auditioned as "Molly S." From there, she says, "it was a blast."

"It's been 20 years since I've done any stunting, and it all came back. It was such a rush! It's like no time had really passed."

Molly says she couldn't believe it when she learned she'd made the first cut. And then it was the judges turn for a shock.

"When they asked me to tell them a little about myself, I told them I'm married, 38 years old and have three children. You should have seen the looks on their faces!"

Then it was Molly's turn to be stunned, when she was informed she was one of the lucky few new Ravens cheerleaders.

Molly says she's discovered she has a cheerleading squad all her own -- her three kids, ages 6, 4 and 2, and her husband.

"We think of it as a great family adventure," he says.

Steppin' Out

A sure sign that spring has sprung -- parties are popping up all over B-more.

One of the first to blossom was the annual "Steppin' Out" fund-raiser for TurnAround Inc. -- a nonprofit that helps families deal with domestic violence and sexual abuse.

This year's theme? Rock 'n' roll. If you didn't know beforehand, your first clue was the little lighted guitar pins on the lapels of volunteers greeting folks and ushering them to the sixth-floor lounge at M&T Bank Stadium. Of course, there was that replica of a 1950s-style diner at the entrance to the party. And Elvis -- or some reasonable facsimile thereof -- was catching up with some of his fans.

A band played rock classics as guests mingled, danced or browsed the many food stations set up by several dozen local restaurants and caterers.

Naturally, Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting was in her glory, as well as in her "Hon" persona. She handed out Cafe Hon souvenirs while her staff made sure her food station was stocked with plenty of mini-meatloaf sandwiches.

"That white outfit is simply screaming for some beads," Denise proclaimed, pouncing on snowy-suited passer-by Harriet Gillian and promptly looping her neck with a strand of Mardi Gras beads complete with a Cafe Hon key chain pendant.

Breath of Life

The American Lung Association's Breath of Life Celebration 2005 on Sunday provided an escape for Baltimore winter blahs. This year's party theme went south with "Hot Havana Nights." And hot is the word for the color of the evening -- pink, pink, pink.

The Hyatt Regency Baltimore's ballroom was decked out in fuchsia palm trees made of satin and feathers. Huge parrots perched on neon branches above the silent auction tables. The menu had a sunny side, too, with choices that included calabasa soup; shrimp sauteed with mangos; tomatoes and chives; and flan; and drinks including Cuba libres and mojitos.

The night also highlighted a passion shared by Cubans and Baltimoreans -- baseball. Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson was the event's honorary chairman, graciously signing autographs for his fans.

The big top

The circus came to the Pikesville Armory on Sunday in the form of this year's Paul's Place event, Under the Big Top.

First, there was the creative invite, done in carnival-flier form inside a popcorn bag envelope. Jumbo carnival banners hung along the walls of the armory advertising such marvels as Francois, Death Defying knife thrower, The Great Alberto, Strongest Man in the World and Esmerelda, Queen of the Serpents.

Clowns ran through the crowd of 450. And jugglers, magicians, balloon artists and acrobats performed on mini-stages scattered around the room.

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