Twelve Baltimore companies were honored today by MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake as winners of the 2013 Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards for community service by members of the private sector.
The awards for outstanding corporate leadership, commitment to community and dedication to improving the quality of life inBaltimore City were presented by the mayor to winners during luncheon ceremonies at the Baltimore Convention Center.
The annual awards event is presented by the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Development Corporation.
The 2013 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award winners are:
Brown Advisory, for hosting and supporting events benefiting the American Heart Association and cardiovascular health in Baltimore such as the 29th annual Baltimore Heart Ball, Recess Baltimore and Kick-Off Rallies, 40-Yard Dash, Chairman’s Breakfast, and VIP Auction Preview Party. Watch video here.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, for its volunteerism and active presencein Baltimore City by sponsoring the American Heart Association‘s My Heart My Life Campaign Walks in 2012 and overall financial support. CareFirst also worked on Operation Oliver to revitalize the East Baltimore Oliver neighborhood. Watch video here.
Centerplate, for providing lunches at Baltimore City’s Summer Curfew Center, participating in the YouthWorks Hire One Youth campaign, being the title sponsor of the Journey Home Gala fundraiser to end homelessness, partnering with Goodwill, and providing meals for United Way of Central Maryland’s Project Homeless Connect as well as American Rescue Workers. Watch video here.
Christopher Schafer Clothier, for running the Sharp Dressed Man program through the non-profit Baltimore Fashion Alliance, which collects gently worn suits and business attire and distributes them to low-income men who are in need or are preparing to reenter the workforce. Over 400 men benefitedfrom this program. Watch video here.
Clear Channel Outdoor, for offering the use of its billboards to non-profit organizations, public and emergency services agencies, as well as government and law enforcement at little to no cost. Clear Channel Outdoor has posted announcements from the FBI, the Polaris Project, the Baltimore City Fire Department, and more than 20 local charities. Watch video here.
Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, for volunteering, donating to or hosting16 major projects through different Baltimore-based non-profit organizations including:Home Instead, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Maryland Food Bank, Maryland SPCA, First Fruit Farms, Catholic Charities’Our Daily Bread, and more. Watch video here.
Ernst & Young LLP, for its annual company-wide volunteer charity effort known as EY Connect Day.This year, more than 140 employees volunteered at five organizations around Baltimore City including the Cool Kids Campaign. Ernst & Young employees collectively put in 850 volunteer hours to support these organizations. Watch video here.
Legg Mason, Inc.,for partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake for a mentoring program with students from Patterson High School in East Baltimore. Students met with their mentors and participatedin skill-building workshops to improve academics, financial literacy, and get exposure to a professional environment. Watch video here.
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), for hiring 10 students and serving as a worksite for an additional 10 youth in the YouthWorks Hire One Youth campaign, where interns made installations for Artscape 2013 and developed vocational skills through their work with the MICA Facilities Management Department. After the conclusion of the program, MICA hired two of its Hire One Youth student interns for permanent positions at MICA. Watch video here.
PNC Bank, for becoming the lead sponsor of Open Walls Baltimore, a dynamic and internationally recognized street art project in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District. PNC Bank contributed $60,000 to the project that supported the creative arts and neighborhood revitalization. Watch video here.
Transamerica Baltimore Foundation, for improving the outcomes of students at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City. These efforts were carried out through financial contributions to nonprofits that assist schools; volunteerism through mentoring, painting, cleaning; and in-kind contributions such as $2,500 worth of supplies. Watch video here.
WBAL-TV 11, for its commitment to promoting the Maryland Food Bank‘s annual Harvest for the Hungry food drive through specials on hunger featuring local talent and nationalstars, holding its annual Shopping Spree and producing stories on the Maryland Food Bank, family successes and organizations that sponsor food drives. Watch video here.