Believe in Tomorrow benefit, auction


October 30, 2005|By SLOANE BROWN

Several hundred folks embarked on a treasure hunt inside the B&O Railroad Museum, but not for train-related artifacts. This hunt the 2005 Annual Benefit & Auction for the Believe in Tomorrow National Childrens Foundation was for sports and entertainment memorabilia. About 100 items signed by the likes of Tony Bennett, Hootie and the Blowfish, Robin Williams, Shaquille ONeal and Johnny Unitas were up for grabs.

"We've got a pretty rare Joe DiMaggio [autographed] baseball and a signed Ted Williams jersey," said foundation founder/director Brian Morrison.

"I've been a big Young and the Restless fan since I was 10 years old," said Kathy Thompson. "And I need a Christmas present for her," said hubby Michael as he wrote down a bid for a script from the soap opera signed by the cast.

"Sometimes theres really good stuff at this auction. It also depends on how much you've had to drink", said Shawn Radek with a smile. She and husband Walter had just bid on a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Zoo. Before cocktails.

Meanwhile, honoree Scunny McCusker tugged uncomfortably at his collar and a rarely worn tie. Wife Jackie explained that Scunny was missing his T-shirt and shorts, his usual uniform at his Canton eateries, Nacho Mama's and Mama's on the Halfshell.

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