Pretty scary stuff greeted guests -- especially if they were not Baltimore Ravens fans -- at "Shannon Sharpe's Second Annual Gridiron Halloween Party," a sports-themed Halloween shindig that raised some $90,000 for Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake.
Just inside the ESPN Zone door, 600 guests were greeted with a mock graveyard with headstones displaying inscriptions like "RIP Broncos, 21-3," or "RIP Giants, 34-7." Then there were all the Ravens players who had undergone horrifying transformations. Party host Shannon Sharpe was The Mask, Michael McCrary was a psychedelic trip as a towering flower child, Edwin Mullitalo and Todd Heap were a couple of Wild West sheriffs, Ernest Byner looked rather troll-ish, Elvis Grbac was a nerdy high school principal, and Ravens president David Modell was the Austin Powers' evil fat Scottish villain.
"Do you think I'm overdressed?" queried Raven Lional Dalton, bedecked in full voodoo doctor regalia of feathers, bones, dried grasses and animal pelts.
But one of the most surprising costumes of the evening was on Goodwill board member Jayne Miller decked out in a thatch of spiky black, red and green hair, black lipstick, sliced up T-shirt and a minikilt.
"This nose ring is killing me," she groaned. Who knew the hard-nosed WBAL-TV investigative reporter was a punk rocker at heart?
Others in this sporting crowd included: Matthew Oros and Kevin Byrne, event co-chairs; Kenny Abrams, Bonnie Downing, Nancy Hinds, Lillian Kilroy and Dawn Walter, event committee members; Bob Aumiller, Goodwill board chair; Drew Hawkins, Gary Geisel, Martin B. King, Will Minkin, Wayne Resnick, Charles Stein and Frances Taylor, Goodwill board members; Marge Thomas, Goodwill president / CEO; Qadry Ismail, John Jones, Kyle Richardson, Adalius Thomas and Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens players; Phil Kunzelman, SunTrust Bank senior vice president; Jim Schickner, Regan Russell Schickner & Shah vice president; Dr. Andrew Klein, Johns Hopkins Hospital chief of transplantation; Mary Goode, Huber Oros senior consultant; Dick Bennett, Miles & Stockbridge partner; Reggie Thomas, Morgan Stanley financial adviser; Kevin Abell, Roland Park Travel president; Jeannine Mariconi, JEMCO Graphic Services president; Gary Gill, MacKenzie Companies president; Tom Keigler, Provident Bank vice president; Barbara Blount Armstrong, Associated Black Charities chief program officer.