Legg Mason goes orange for the O’s


The lights at the top of the Legg Mason building in Baltimore will glow orange beginning tonight in conjunction with the O’s vs. Yankees game and the unveiling of the Cal Ripken Jr. statue at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. On Friday, Legg Mason will celebrate “Orange Friday” with employees encouraged to wear something orange to support the Orioles.

The orange lights will be lit at dusk at Legg Mason, 100 International Dr., Baltimore Md. 21202 on Sept. 6 and remain orange through the remainder of the Orioles season.

“As a Baltimore corporate citizen, we want to show our support for the Orioles as they enter the home stretch,” Legg Mason CEO Mark Fetting said. “Legg Mason and our Baltimore-based employees are rooting for them to do well this season. We’re challenging the corporate community and the citizens of Baltimore to join us in showing their support for the Orioles and to turn the city orange. “

Fetting is available for interviews about what the Orioles season means to Baltimore and his challenge to the corporate community to “turn the city orange” in support of the O’s, and also to provide an update on this season’s Swings for Scholars program.

Each year, Legg Mason partners with the Orioles and Nick Markakis in the program which, based on his number of hits, provides two, four-year full scholarships to a public Maryland college/university for Baltimore City Public School graduates.

On Sept. 9, the Oriole Advocates will conduct their 2012 Cardboard to Leather collection presented by Legg Mason at Oriole Park. The Oriole Advocates created the program in 1992 to provide new and used baseball and softball equipment to underprivileged youth in developing countries. Since the program started, the Oriole Advocates have distributed over 80 tons of equipment to little league ball players throughout the world in places such as Afghanistan, Aruba, Belgrade, Belize, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used baseball equipment to Sunday’s Orioles game to be used in this year’s distribution. Financial donations will also be accepted to help with shipping costs.