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December 21, 2010

R&B singer Mario makes first appearance tonight since criminal charges against him were dropped

R&B singer Mario has been keeping a low profile since his mother dropped criminal charges against him in November.

But tonight he'll make his re-appearance here in Baltimore.

What pulled him out? His own foundation. The Do Right Foundation the singer created in 2007 to help the children of drug addicts will host a fundraiser tonight.

The singer will even perform at the event.

The fundraiser begins at the Legg Mason Tower at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75, and will be donated to the charity. 

The singer began the foundation in honor of his mother, Shawntia Hardaway, who has battled heroin addiction in the past. 

In October Hardaway accused him of assaulting her, but later recanted her story, admitting before a Baltimore district court she was intoxicated at the time she made the accusations.

William "Billy" Murphy Jr., Mario's attorney, blamed the criminal charges on his mother's addiction.

"It was clear from the beginning that Mario never touched or struck his mother," he said then. "She was under the influence of drugs when she gave her statement to police. To her credit, she corrected her statement in court today."

Murphy also said the singer remained committed to helping Hardaway battle her drug problem. 

It's not clear if she will be at tonight's event, or if she's gone back to rehab. Representatives for Do Right did not respond to requests for comment. 

Proceeds from tonight's fundraiser will go to the foundation's initiatives at Westport Academy in Baltimore, according to the event's poster.

Photo: Mario Do Right Foundation

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Posted by Erik Maza at 3:25 PM | | Comments (6)
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Can we please get back to some bar/nightlife news?

One of the best bars in the city closing on NYE (Waterfront Hotel), but for some reason, that's not in The Sun's nighlife blog.

WaterFront is closing? For GOOD? Or did somebody rent it out for the night like last year?

What???

It's not closing. Dont panic. May just be switching management.

Get on it man, that is one of the best spots in town - maybe consider putting the Trombone Player coverage on the back burner

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.
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