Stars Support PSU Legend

BALTIMORE — Friends and admirers of Lenny Moore turned out in droves Monday night to help the former Baltimore Colts and Penn State star raise more money for the special scholarship fund he established in memory of his son.

Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich led a parade of NFL Hall of Famers in praising Moore and the charity he established five years ago. “This community owes a lot to Lenny Moore,” Ehrlich told the crowd of more than one thousand at the Leslie Moore Scholarship Foundation Dinner & Silent Auction. “He has devoted his life to help the kids of the Baltimore area and we are very thankful.”

Moore set up the foundation in 2001 following the death of his son Leslie, 34, who passed away after a long battle against scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease. The annual dinner and auction provides a major part of the funding for five full college scholarships which have been given annually since 2003.

Among the one time NFL superstars on hand at the latest event were Joe Namath, Gayle Sayers, Lem Barney, Carl Eller, Elvin Bethea, Joe Perry, John Mackie, Raymond Berry, Larry Little, Gino Marchetti, Ken Houston and Joe Delamielleure. Other sports celebrities included baseball's Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, boxing's hall of fame trainer Lou Duva and former Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers.

A contingent of Penn Staters were there as guests of the Penn State athletic department and alumni association. They included associate athletic director Fran Ganter; former football stars Steve Smear, Eddie Johnson, Mike Cartwright and John Greene; alumni association director Roger Williams; and alumni association president Lew Gold.

A soon-to-be Nittany Lion football player was in the house, too, in the form of Class of 2006 defensive end and Maryland native Aaron Maybin (along with his family).

One of the six scholarships given at Monday night's dinner went to a student bound for Penn State, Shivani Aghera of Long Reach High School in Howard County. She will be studying business administration and political science.

Moore was a star halfback and kick-return man for Penn State from 1953-55. With the Colts, he played in seven Pro Bowls

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