Models of charity


Local sports figures and their wives pinch-hit as models for a spectacular fashion show at the Cure Autism Now/Living Classrooms Foundation shindig.

"Hey, I expect a positive review for my legs," Ravens' head coach Brian Billick told friends as he prepared to model shorts. But Billick, who scored a round of applause, couldn't resist trying to tuck in his shirt, which was supposed to hang out in a hip style.

There was one athlete who stayed in the stands.

"Utility guys don't model," joked Bill Ripken, former Oriole and now director of baseball operations for the Aberdeen Arsenal.

While the fashion show provided lots of fun, there was an emotional side. Comments about autistic children from CAN co-founder Jonathan Shestack and Oriole wife and honorary co-chair Polly Surhoff brought tears.

Among those helping raise $300,000 for the organizations: Andrea Bertrand and Sue Ann Shafley, event co-chairs; Anthony Edwards, celebrity co-chair; George and Maureen Collins, event honorary co-chairs; James Piper Bond, Living Classrooms Foundation president and CEO; Parker Rockefeller, Living Classrooms senior vice president; Stuart Spielman, president of CAN, mid-Atlantic chapter; Pat Bernstein and Drake Zaharis, Living Classrooms board members; Caprece Jackson Garrett, Five Star Event Planning CEO; Mike Flynn, Kyle Richardson and Tony Banks, Baltimore Ravens players; Lesly Sajak, president of LBS Photography and wife of "Wheel of Fortune" game show host Pat Sajak; Kelly Brown, president of East-West Design Group; Ed Taber, Legg Mason senior executive vice president; Marianne Bannister, WBAL -TV news anchor; Bob Heck, MPT children's show host; and Patrice Berchtenbreiter, T. Rowe Price vice president.

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