Lunch with the Orioles, one of GBC’s most popular annual events, brought together more than 500 baseball fans from the region’s business community to celebrate the start of the Baltimore Orioles season at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel on April 11.
The event featured a pre-luncheon reception which included an autograph session, Dixie Devils band performance and an Orioles Hall of Fame display from the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. During the luncheon, audience members met Orioles players, coaches, and team celebrities who dined at their tables. The lunch program was emceed by Orioles announcers Joe Angel, Jim Hunter and Fred Manfra and also included interviews of manager Sam Perlozzo and Orioles players.
During the luncheon, guests were entertained by television journalist and sports entertainer Roy Firestone, who gave a humorous musical performance as a tribute to the Baltimore Orioles and the significant role the franchise played in the development of his career.
The GBC launched the event in 1980 to demonstrate strong business-sector support for the team.
Event sponsors included:
Corporate Sponsor: MedStar Health
Home Run Sponsors: Baltimore Business Journal, Bank of America, The Daily Record, Clark Construction Group
Double Sponsors: Ferris Baker Watts, PHH Arval, Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, VIPS, VPC, Inc, Reliant Energy, T. Rowe Price Group
Single Sponsors: DLA Piper, McCormick & Company, Inc., 1st Mariner Arena/SMG, Global Design Interactive.