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'Scunny' McCusker honored at Believe in Tomorrow benefit

The Believe In Tomorrow annual Benefit & Auction pulled in the largest crowd ever -- some 800 people -- at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday night.

Yes, it was the non-profit's 30th anniversary of providing support and housing to critically ill children and their families. But this year the party was also dedicated to the late Patrick "Scunny" McCusker, who was a passionate supporter of the charity. The owner of Canton's Nacho Mama's and Mama's On The Half Shell was killed in an Ocean City accident Aug. 24.

"[This turnout] is just directly attributable to Scunny's friends, and the support that he [gave]," said founder/CEO Brian Morrison, who added that people came from as far away as Florida and California just to be at the event. "That's incredible."

"He was a helluva guy. He was the best of the best," said David MacKenzie of Poolesville, summing up the shared sentiment of the night.

McCusker's widow, Jackie McCusker, was also there to present a new Patrick "Scunny" McCusker Unsung Hero award.

"This was Scunny's go-to. Restaurants, yes. But that wasn't what made Scunny successful. His success came from his spirit. ... His mission was here," she told me. With everything that she and the family had been through the last two months, Jackie McCusker said this was her favorite night.

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