Scene & Heard: Gridiron Halloween
( Photo by Colby Ware, Special to The Baltimore Sun / October 25, 2010 )
Half the fun of going to the Gridiron Halloween party at Dave & Buster's is seeing which Baltimore Ravens show up. The other half is seeing what they show up in.
Todd Heap and Michael Oher were the hosts of this year's fundraiser for Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake. Heap in his ninth year as co-host came as the Twilight movie hunk, Edward, while his wife Ashley did her Bella bit.
This was Oher's second year, both for co-hosting and for not coming in costume.
"I'll do that in year three," he said. "I couldn't find a costume that fit me."
Although Ashley Heap acknowledged they were a much happier and very much together -- twosome than Bella and Edward.
But Joe Flacco was the Raven attracting the most attention.
"Did you see his hair?" exclaimed Goodwill board chair Frances Taylor.
Flacco did, indeed, sport a new "do" cut short on the sides, with a peak on top. And several slashes shaved along his temples his spin on a "Jersey Shore" cast member.
"My girl and I are both from Jersey, and we wanted to have a little bit of fun. I asked Tavares [Gooden] where he got his hair cut. He told me, Earl. I've got a bye this week. So I figure I've got two weeks to let it grow back."
He and his Snookie-fied girlfriend, Dana Grady, hung out in Dave & Buster's VIP room, along with other costumed Ravens. There was Dennis Pitta dressed as Tiger Woods, and his wife Mataya Pitta as Elin in blonde wig. Ed Dickson also came in a wig a long black curly number as part of his "Slash" ensemble. A couple other standouts included Sergio Kindle, in a red velvet suit and broadbrimmed hat, and Donte Stallworth as Flavor Flav.
Outside the room, lines of non-VIP guests stood watching the goings-on through large glass windows.
"We're just gawking, trying figure out who's who and how we can sneak in. But it's fun. You don't get to see these guys like this," said Bill Fritz, PNC branch manager, who had come with his son, Tyler Fritz, Harford Community College freshman, Tony Marzullo, Towson University sophomore and Ally McNamara, Towson University junior.
The Ravens weren't the only guests who came in costume.
Dina Klicos, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center director of major gifts, came completely outfitted as her late grandmother.
"This is literally an outfit from 1920. It was all my grandmother's; her fox stole, her suit, her hat, pocketbook, even her gloves," she said, showing off white embroidered hand wear.
Her sister, Magda Osburn, a Franklin, Tennesee RN, came as Little Red Riding Hood.
Michael Giles, Allianz sales executive and Katelin Greenwood, Hopkins Hospital RN were dressed as Popeye and Olive Oyl.
"We were looking for a good couples costume idea, and this was easy for me to make," she said about her own costume. Giles admitted he'd ordered his, complete with tatooed upholstered arms.
But the crowd parted for Evelyn Torbit, McQuade Consulting client manager. They had to. She had come as a crab feast, with a "table" that she'd built around herself, hanging by shoulder straps. A bushel basket encircled her waist, out of which crab shells spilled out. On the table lay beer cans, mallets and Old Bay.
"Isn't this Party just fabulous?" said Marge Thomas, Goodwill CEO.
"I think it's the best one yet."
-- Sloane Brown
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