100 Black Men of Maryland

December 27, 2009|By Sloane Brown | Special to The Baltimore Sun

The annual holiday brunch is always a festive get-together for members and supporters of 100 Black Men of Maryland. But this year, comfort and joy seemed to take on an extra dimension.

"This seems like one of the biggest crowds we've ever had," noted president Ray Lucas, as he and event chairman Guy Bragg watched hundreds of people stream into the Martin's West ballroom.

"In this kind of economy, this just gives me goose bumps," Lucas added.

Members Almie McIntyre Jr. and Mel Bates stood inside the ballroom door, greeting guests. "Our main purpose is helping boys and girls of Maryland. I keep that in mind," McIntyre said.

Party guests lined up at the buffet, which included an omelet station and a carving station with various meats.

"100 Black Men do wonderful work, so I wanted to come support this," said Ruth Marshall, Premier Consultants International administrative consultant, as she waited at the omelet station.

"This is one of my favorite holiday parties because it's a fundraiser at the same time," said Darlene Stewart, a retired educator.

"It's a good cause. You see people from all walks of life," observed Cheryl Brown, Old Mutual Financial Network auditor, as she headed for the scalloped apples.

Member Dalton Tong surveyed the crowd. "Seeing that we still have people who believe we can make a difference in people's lives - that's a really nice reason to celebrate," he said.

Sloane Brown can be contacted at sloane@sloanebrown.com.

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