Fifteen winners of 2010 Mayor�s Business Awards to be honored at December 14 luncheon

More than 400 Greater Baltimore Committee members and guests are expected to join Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in honoring 15 winners of the 2010 Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards for outstanding community service.

The annual luncheon, which is presented by the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Development Corporation, will take place at 12 p.m., December 14 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, 300 Light Street, Baltimore, Md. 21202.

The 2010 honorees are:

Aon, for its positive civic involvement through volunteer projects that have included breakfast preparation at the Ronald McDonald House and the building of three Habitat for Humanity homes in West Baltimore.

The Arc of Baltimore, for its commitment to job training needs of students with developmental disabilities in Baltimore City through Project SEARCH, a unique internship program for high school students with developmental disabilities who are nearing graduation.

Ayers Saint Gross, for its Career in Design program at Beechfield Elementary/Middle School, which, since 1997, has exposed minority and disadvantaged youth to careers in architecture and design, and encouraged their pursuit in these fields.

Bank of America, for its commitment to help 60 unemployed men at Christopher Place through personal and professional mentoring and a business clothing drive.

Floura Teeter Landscape Architects (FTLA), for its 10 Years/10 Causes campaign, an innovative commemoration of its 10th anniversary that offered a minimum of ten hours of support or comparable monetary contribution to ten Baltimore-area nonprofits, including Baltimore Green Map, the Community Mediation Program, and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

Gross Mendelsohn & Associates, for providing 33 employees who volunteered for a labor-intensive beautification project in the Sandtown/Winchester community that included clean up and landscaping, despite a heat wave reaching 100 degrees.

I.W.I.F., for its many community outreach programs, including volunteer service to the Franciscan Center and the provision of supplies and equipment to the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House, My Sister’s Place Lodge, the Bea Gaddy Family Center, and the Ronald McDonald House.

Legg Mason, for its six-year commitment to youth through mentorship programs at Timber Grove Elementary, Dr. Rayner Browne Academy, and Patterson High School, as well as financial support of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership.

M&T Bank, for its support of Baltimore youth through its mentoring partnership with Crossroads School and its Bigs in School participation at St. Ignatius Loyola, through which more than 60 students have benefitted.

Maryland Chemical Company, for its innovative approach to education and community service by involving Baltimore City high school students in “hands on” experience with the research, design and installation of environmentally sensitive landscaping of the Fairfield Industrial Park through the Changz After School Program.

Monumental Life Insurance Company, for its 11-year partnership with Merganthaler High School, which has benefitted more than 100 students with workplace mentoring, computers, and scholarships.

Respira Medical, for partnering with Centro de la Comunidad and helping Latino immigrants overcome barriers and integrate into the American culture.

The Reznick Group, for its wide ranging-commitment to charitable and community service activities. More than 150 employees have volunteered for organizations including the Women’s Housing Coalition, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, the American Red Cross, and the Baltimore City Public Schools’ Office of Homeless Student Services.

Sun Trust Bank, for teaching financial skills to more than 800 young adults through its partnership with Operation Hope, which seeks to eradicate poverty via financial literacy education and mentoring.

WBAL-TV, for its financial, volunteer, and media support to St. Vincent de Paul’s Empty Bowls campaign and Camp St. Vincent., which helped heighten awareness and significantly increase donations.


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