Scene & Heard: Jason Murphy’s Holding the Line Foundation
( Karen Jackson, for The Baltimore Sun / June 8, 2012 )
It may have looked like it was simply a fun night out for the 100-some guests at the Havana Club. There was plenty of laughter and clinking of glasses, as folks mingled and settled into the pods of comfy furniture around the club. But there was also a serious side to the evening — to raise money for Jason Murphy's Holding the Line Foundation. The Baltimore native and former Baltimore Raven started the foundation to mentor under-served Baltimore city youth through sports, like his annual football camp.
“Jason brings the young men he mentors down to Our Daily Bread to volunteer. I'm managing the silent auction and I want people to spend, spend, spend to keep the foundation activities going,” said Karen Heyward-West, Our Daily Bread program manager, who was there with her husband, Al West, Toyota Financial Services accountant.
“We want to support them and help keep this thing going,” said Kathleen Lauman, Wells Fargo home mortgage consultant, there with husband Tom Lauman, Stifel Nicolaus equity sales trader.
“Any program that can help the youth in Baltimore, we want to help,” said Kurt Nachtman, the Law Offices of Eldridge & Nachtman partner, who was there with wife Michelle Nachtman, home health speech language pathologist.
The highlight of the evening would be a “live” version of the TV show “Square Off,” because Murphy's wife and event chair, Robyn Murphy, is often one of the panelists on the ABC2 show.
“Richard Sher will moderate it, and we'll deal with children's issues and beyond,” she said.
“I'm looking forward to challenging the people here to come together as a community to address these issues,” said Molly Shattuck, founder of Molly Shattuck Vibrant Living, who would be a panelist along with Jason Murphy and Marc Clarke, WHUR radio personality.
“We're looking forward to having a lot of fun with everybody putting in their two cents to help Baltimore and the youth here,” said Jason Murphy.
As Sher and wife Annabelle Sher, Maryland department of business and economic development military and federal affairs assistant director, checked out the group, he offered the evening's first opinion.
“After 24 years of moderating Square Off, this is without a doubt the classiest panel I've ever worked with,” Sher said with a laugh.