Saturday's 'Scunny Santa Crawl' to benefit Hopkins children's charity

  • A dedication to Patrick "Scunny" McCusker in O'Donnell Square in August.
A dedication to Patrick "Scunny" McCusker in O'Donnell… (Sloane Brown for the Baltimore…)
December 04, 2012|By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun

Years ago, Baltimore Sports & Social Club owner Mike Cray talked with his friend, Patrick "Scunny" McCusker, about a Santa-themed bar craw.

"It saddens me that we never got around to 'make it happen,'" Cray wrote on the BSSC website.

In a way, that will change Saturday, when the first "Scunny Santa Crawl" takes place from 1-9 pm. at O'Donnell Square in Canton. McCusker, who died at age 49 on Aug. 24 in Salisbury after he was struck by a bus in Ocean City, will not be there physically, but his presence and spirit will most likely be felt and celebrated as if he were.

For every participant dressed as Santa or in a "naughty elf" costume, he or she will receive a raffle ticket. Prizes include Ravens tickets, opening day Orioles tickets, a signed Ravens football, a BSSC league fee voucher for 2013 and gift certificates to participating bars.

Wristbands ($10) can be purchased at Looney's Pub or Plug Ugly's Publick House between 1-8 p.m. Saturday. The entire donation goes directly to the Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation at Johns Hopkins. McCusker was a board member of the charity.

The wristband will get you $1.50 Miller Lite drafts and Natty Boh specials (where available, according to the website). Other participating bars include Claddagh's Pub, JD's Smokehouse, Nacho Mama's, Mama's on the Half Shell (specials until 5 p.m.), Speak Easy Saloon, Tavern on the Square and Portside Tavern.

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