The table centerpieces in the Marriott Waterfront ballroom were composed around NFL footballs. Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick and NASCAR driver Kelly Sutton were the evening's honorees. It all signaled another winning "2001 Dinner of Champions" for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter.
Event chair JR Paterakis got into the spirit, as he coached (or was it coaxed?) some of the 600 guests into the ballroom for the award presentations and dinner.
Among those following the game plan: David Modell, event co-chair; Frank Glorioso and Steve de Castro, event committee members; Steve Zentz, MS Society, Maryland Chapter board chair; Mark Dumler, John D. Ryder, James Little, Dr. Ken Johnson, Kevin R. Oster, Chris Scholtes and Tim Zulick, board members; Rick Smith, chapter president; Lynn Brick, Brick Bodies president; Bill Hellmann, RK&K; Engineers partner; Grant Grasmick, Grasmick Lumber Co. president; Dr. Joyce Burd, York, Pa., rheumatologist; Dr. Peter Calabresi, University of Maryland Medical Center MS specialist; Krissy Edell, Comcast SportsNet senior account executive; Bruce Dunham, Morgan Stanley senior vice president; Alex Reynolds, H&S; Bakery account manager; Dave Kelley, Aggressive Internet president; Brooke Ewing, Ralston Purina account executive; Tim Brown, Shoppers Food buyer; and Jim Austin, Buck Distributing Co. special projects manager.
The bash raised almost $300,000 for the National MS Society.