Scene & Heard: Goodwill Gridiron Halloween
( Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun / October 31, 2011 )
Some Baltimore Ravens suited up to play on a Monday night. But it wasn't for a football game, and these weren't their Ravens uniforms. This was the 12th annual "Goodwill Gridiron Halloween Party" at Dave & Buster's, benefiting Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake.
Co-host offensive tackle Michael Oher made for a scary sight, towering over the crowd in a Jason mask. Meanwhile, his white jump-suited co-host, kicker Billy Cundiff, was rocking it as Elvis, with wife Nicole Cundiff -- aka Priscilla Presley -- at his side. Running back Matt Lawrence and his wife, Jennifer Lawrence, dressed as another famous couple -- Julius Caesar and Cleopatra.
Linebacker Prescott Burgess was a fireman. Long snapper Morgan Cox and his wife, Lauren Cox, were particularly animated -- coming as characters from the Super Mario series of video games.
Many of the party's guests also got into the Halloween spirit. Greta Engle, Kelly & Associates lead consultant, was dressed all in black as Batgirl, while her friend Christine Miki, Benelogic president, was in all white as a Snow Queen. She said she was inspired by last weekend's weather.
"We're flower children," said Sandy Howard, Miles & Stockbridge partner, bedecked in beads, white boots and a psychedelic print dress.
"The good thing is, we didn't have to buy our costumes," said a faux long-haired Peter Parvis, Venable partner, hinting that perhaps this wasn't the first time they'd donned these threads.
Meanwhile, their friends Jim List, Towson attorney, and his wife, Kim List, Towson paralegal, had come as Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse.
"We're dead rock stars," he explained.
Michele Walsh, Gordon Feinblatt attorney, was dressed as Teresa Giudice, from the TV show, "Real Housewives of New Jersey."
"I like to do reality stars. Last year, I came as Snooki," she said.
Marge Thomas, retiring Goodwill president/CEO, said she had come as an "Indian lady, because my husband and I were in India and we bought the outfits."
Bob Kimmons, past board chair, presided over the silent auction as Mr. Monopoly, while his wife, Stephanie Kimmons, PATHWAYS director, came as Boardwalk.
Some folks declined the costume route, including incoming CEO Lisa Rusyniak, and board members Jayne Miller, Ken Grant and David Downey.
"I was just lazy," said Downey.
-- Sloane Brown