Eleven receive 2006 Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards

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More than 450 Greater Baltimore Committee members and guests joined Mayor Martin O’Malley in honoring nine Baltimore-area businesses, a regional association, and a nonprofit program as winners of the 2006 Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards for civic leadership and community service.

During the awards ceremony, hosted by the GBC and the Baltimore Development Corporation, O’Malley praised this year’s winners for their “tremendous commitment to service.”

“I’m thankful for your belief in our city and in your neighbors,” O’Malley told award winners.

“Today’s program acknowledges exceptional companies and organizations whose leaders are not focused just on the corporate bottom line, but who recognize that contributing to community service or civic work outside their organization’s core business mission is not only important to the economic growth and prosperity of the city and region but to the people who live here,” said GBC Chair Barbara A. Gehrig.

GBC president Donald C. Fry noted that the award winners were “exemplary corporate and business citizens” that incorporate strong commitments to the city and its communities into their business operations.

Mayor O’Malley also praised the GBC for working with his administration to make the city government more efficient and for offering the city much constructive assistance, starting with a study of five city agencies in 1999. He thanked GBC members “for all that you did, laying the groundwork and helping us in transition.”

This year’s Mayor’s Business Recognition Award winners range from major corporations whose managers and employees provide a wide variety of community service to a self-development and training program for inner city girls.

Winners are:

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, for an innovative preventative care initiative conducted in hair care salons and barber shops.
CitiFinancial, for volunteer involvement at Lakewood Elementary School and for financial support of the St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center.
Comcast, for “Comcast Cares Day,” where 250 employees volunteered to paint classrooms and make other improvements to Garrison Middle School and Patterson High School.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, for employee volunteers and financial support for projects to provide affordable housing to low-income and disabled populations.
GirlsBelieve, Inc., for its self-development and “womanhood training” for girls at inner-city middle schools and high schools.
Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors/Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors Charitable Foundation, for support of eight community-improvement projects involving more than 450 volunteers combined.
Holly Poultry, for donating and distributing, without fanfare over the past 10 years, prepared food to numerous humanitarian organizations throughout the city enabling tens of thousands to be fed.
Kaiser Permanente, for its “Bridge Plan” outreach program that provides health care coverage to adults and families in need.
M&T Bank, for supporting a program to help low-income youth build academic, entrepreneurial, and life skills, and for mentoring Digital Harbor High School students in a citywide business plan competition.
Parsons Steel Rule Dies, Inc., for its commitment to hiring employees who need help. Seventy-five percent of the firm’s employees are ex-convicts or addicts in rehab.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, for achieving 80 percent employee participation for a community service day where 164 volunteers performed service that included aiding special needs children, cleaning the zoo, painting classrooms, and counseling newly-employed homeless men.

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