Eight Baltimore-area businesses and a university have been selected as winners of the 2008 Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards for civic leadership and outstanding community service, the Greater Baltimore Committee announced today.
More than 400 GBC members and guests attended the luncheon awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. The annual business awards program is an initiative of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Development Corporation.
Joining Mayor Dixon in presenting the awards were GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry and Baltimore Development Corporation President M. J. “Jay” Brodie.
This year’s award winners range from major corporations whose managers and employees provide a wide variety of community service to a dental school for its children’s program to promote oral health.
Winners of the 2008 Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards are:
- ARAMARK Corporation, for Operation PROTECT Community Block Party and Resource Fair, where ARAMARK provided meals for block parties, and for supporting After School Matters with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development to provide basic foodservice training, customer service training and interview skills training to city students.
- Harrison Development, LLC, for financial support and sponsorship of Change and Growth Enrichment Program, Inc. of Baltimore City, a non-profit organization providing services to disadvantaged urban youths and families in the Reservoir Hill Community.
- KPMG, LLP, for its local fundraising activities, including March Madness Baseball Tournament to help women job seekers; Family for Literacy Program; Maryland Food Bank; Habitat for Humanity; and the Goodwill Thanksgiving dinner.
- M&T Bank, for its Honor Rows program, to encourage volunteer community activities by young people and to recognize their commitments and service.
- National Aquarium in Baltimore, for its Henry Hall program that provides free, educational, and fun outdoor summer programs and activities to underprivileged Baltimore City middle and high school students.
- Provident Bank, for helping disabled children attend camps for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The campaign helped raise funds for disabled children and was the first of its kind at Provident branches from Baltimore to Richmond.
- Turner Construction Company, for donating time, staff and building materials to help a beloved downtown retail business, the Peanut Shoppe, build a new space in Charles Plaza.
- University of Maryland School of Dentistry, for partnering with the National Museum of Dentistry and the Maryland State Dental Association on a unique initiative to promote the oral health of inner-city Baltimore children.
- W.W. Grainger, Inc., for assisting The Red Cross of Central Maryland disperse bottles of water during a code red heat advisory; and sponsoring Ready When the Time Comes, to recruit and train corporate volunteers to help before disaster strikes.
Event sponsors include: Corporate – University of Maryland Baltimore; Ambassador – MedStar Health; Premier – Baltimore Development Corporation; Program – The Baltimore – Washington Examiner Newspaper Group, The Daily Record , Kaiser Permanente; and Patron – Bank of America, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Johns Hopkins Medicine, MuniMae, University of Baltimore, Verizon Maryland, Inc., VPC, Inc.