DMHOA to hold Nov. 25 fundraiser honoring former Baltimore broadcaster Fred Neil
Fred Neil, a former Baltimore radio broadcaster, will be honored on his 80th birthday Monday, Nov. 25, by the Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association with a Birthday Pizza Party and Roast. This fundraising event will be held at the Indian River Fire Hall, Oak Orchard, Millsboro, starting at 6:30 pm.
The event is open to the public at no charge. Reservations are required as space is limited, and donations are requested. An auction will be part of the festivities. Among the auction prizes are a NASCAR four-ticket package with four pit passes and a two-ticket package with two ride-alongs from Monster Racing for the spring 2014 race courtesy of Dover Downs Motor Sports. Red Frog, producers of the Firefly Festival, have provided two three-day passes valued at nearly $300 each for 2014.
DMHOA is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization advocating and providing services for home owners on leased land. The efforts of DMHOA played a significant role in passage of the Rent Justification law passed this year. The organization is holding informational meetings on the law around the state. Neil has been the group's volunteer public affairs officer since 2004 after semi-retiring to Delaware in 2003.
His extensive involvement in sports included producing the Baltimore Colts play-by-play radio broadcasts; producing, writing and/or cohosting radio series with John Unitas, Jimmy Orr, Ordell Braase, Tom Matte, and the Orioles' Brooks Robinson. He was also general manager of the Baltimore Banners of World Team Tennis and media director of Laurel Race Course the year Run the Gauntlet won the Laurel International.
His most enduring feat was the book he wrote in 1995 with the great basketball referee and NBA coach, Charlie Eckman, titled ‘It’s A Very Simple Game! Life and Times of Charlie Eckman." The late Tom Clancy wrote the foreword to the book. Neil paired Eckman with Colts Hall of Famer Art Donovan for a radio show that became "Mayhem on 33rd Street" on Baltimore TV.
In 2005, Neil was the featured speaker at an Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet and the subject of a George Frick Pick column in the Delaware State News. Frick, the legendary sportswriter, wrote, "Fred Neil is an author /humorist first class."
For information on the event, contact Ron Amadio, 302-945-7943.