More than 450 Greater Baltimore Committee members and guests joined Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon in honoring six Baltimore-area businesses, a state agency, and two nonprofit organizations as winners of the 2007 Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards for civic leadership and community service.
During the awards ceremony, hosted by the GBC and the Baltimore Development Corporation, Dixon praised this year’s winners, saying that the many businesses whose management and employees invest time and money into community service are among the “jewels” of the city.
“My hope is that other businesses will be inspired by the success stories they hear today and get to work on becoming next year’s award winners,” Dixon said. “If more people and more companies get involved, we all win.”
GBC President & CEO Donald C. Fry said that award winners typify the strong commitment from the city’s business community to improving Baltimore’s quality of life and its culture.
Dixon presented the awards during luncheon ceremonies on December 7 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. The 33rd annual business awards program is an initiative of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Development Corporation.
This year’s award winners range from major corporations whose managers and employees provide a wide variety of community service to innovative education, technologies, products and services that help the world’s blind achieve independence.
Winners of the 2007 Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards are:
• Baltimore Truck Wash, for its support and commitment to providing a second chance to ex-offenders and substance abusers who want to rebuild their lives.
• Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, for its Cornerstones of Life program, channeling volunteers and resources toward providing food, shelter, health and strengthening the community.
• Hyatt Regency Baltimore, for its Family of Responsible and Caring Employees (F.O.R.C.E.) program, which included donations, walks to raise funds, mentoring and fulfillment of wishes to local families.
• M&T Bank, for its vision and innovation in assisting the Sharp Leadenhall community with beautification projects including neighborhood signage, historical markers, plantings, and a volunteer vending business to benefit the community.
• Maryland Port Administration, for its Masonville Dredged Material Placement – Community Enhancement Project to clean up a contaminated waterfront and convert it to a home for wildlife and waterfowl, a park, access to water recreation, and a community center.
• National Aquarium in Baltimore, for taking a leadership role in restoring a ten-acre tidal wetland bordering Baltimore City’s Fort McHenry and its work to enhance the environment, restore wetlands, and develop a new generation of environmental stewards.
• National Federation of the Blind, for its innovative Youth Slam program providing blind young people opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math subjects and careers.
• Reznick Group, PC, for its employee involvement and commitment to Baltimore’s neighborhood beautification and youth.
• T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., for its Day of Caring Program, where the firm provides five work-week volunteer days where associates may take a paid day off to participate in community service activities, and the firm’s continued commitment to civic service.
Event sponsors include: Corporate – MedStar Health; Premier – Baltimore Development Corporation; Program – Baltimore Business Journal, Baltimore City Community College, The Baltimore Examiner, The Daily Record, Provident Bank, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP; Patron – Anne Arundel Community College, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Comcast, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Legg Mason, Inc., MuniMae, SunTrust Bank, T.Rowe Price, University of Baltimore, Verizon, VPC, Inc., Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP.