M.O.M. squad's bake sale benefits sweet purpose

The Baltimore Sun

While Mark Clayton was making sweet moves on the field, his mother was doing the same off it.

JacQuetta Clayton, the wide receiver's mother, and Sandy Mc- Crary, the mother of former Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary, headlined a bake sale before yesterday's Ravens game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T; Bank Stadium.

Actually, it was their sweet goods that stole the show. McCrary baked a coconut creation she called "Mac Sack the Back" pie, while Clayton whipped up three types of cakes: German chocolate, lemon and strawberry.

Proceeds from the sale were to fund the Baltimore M.O.M. Squad's annual Christmas party for hundreds of Police Athletic League youth next month.

The Baltimore M.O.M. Squad (www.momsquad.org) is composed of current and former Ravens players' mothers and wives who are dedicated to serving the community.

JacQuetta Clayton said helping out has personal meaning for her.

"Things weren't so well for us," Clayton recalled. "So I know what it's like to want things you don't have."

Yesterday's bake sale concluded a weekend in which the group organized a raffle and a pie toss. On Friday, Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams endured pies thrown in their faces, and the Baltimore M.O.M. Squad raised about $3,000.

While the organization hoped to earn about $1,000 from yesterday's bake sale, there was a more important objective.

"It isn't so much money, but to get the word out," said Michele Alessi, a television producer who helped arrange the bake sale.

Officer Fred Allen, who is assigned to the Fort Washington Police Athletic League Center in the Eastern District, said the efforts of the Baltimore M.O.M. Squad were not wasted.

"As officers, we're focused on monitoring and supervising the youth in our areas," he said. "You can only do so much, and you need people behind you."


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