Companies honored for community service 17 city firms saluted for deeds at annual business awards

November 26, 1997|By Jay Hancock | Jay Hancock,SUN STAFF

Employees from 17 Baltimore companies took time off from making a buck this year to help low-income students, the homeless and other needy neighbors. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke took time off from running the city yesterday to pay them a tip of the hat.

Companies ranging from AT&T and Lucent Technologies to Klug Uniforms "have demonstrated outstanding community leadership and service and have made a commitment to improving the lives of our citizens," Schmoke told a gathering sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee and Baltimore Development Corp. "They've really been involved in getting their employees involved in their community."

It was the 23rd annual Mayor's Business Recognition Awards. Good corporate deeds this year included AT&T's cleanup of six neighborhood parks and playgrounds, a $500,000 investment for city schools and programs by La-Van Hawkins Urban City Foods, and a wide range of philanthropy by Signet Bank, including serving breakfast to the homeless and rehabilitating city houses.

"These companies and their employees are leading by their actions and by their examples," said Donald P. Hutchinson, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee.

Award recipients were:

AT&T and Lucent Technologies, which joined with the city's Department of Recreation and Parks and cleaned six parks and playgrounds.

Architectural Technologies Inc. and Daniel Consultants, which donated architectural and engineering services to the Baltimore Community Court Project.

BT Alex Brown Inc., for support of the Police Athletic League that included the donation of 50 computers and printers.

Baines Management Corp./Stop, Shop and Save, for choosing abandoned city buildings for its store sites and for sponsoring incentives for pupils to earn good grades.

Bell Atlantic-Maryland, which supplied volunteers for installing Internet-access wire in 145 Baltimore schools.

GD Laminates, which trained and found work for residents of the city's Empowerment Zone and for prisoners from a pre-release work unit.

Klug Uniforms, for sparking construction of a community park and for cleaning a neighborhood.

La-Van Hawkins Urban City Foods, for investing more than $500,000 for schools and programs.

National Aquarium in Baltimore, for opening its doors twice a year, free, to the mentally and physically disabled.

Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, which worked with Goodwill Industries and city agencies to train and place public-assistance recipients.

Prudential HealthCare, for community service projects including a lead-poisoning education program and a donation of $20,000 and computers to the Living Classroom Foundation.

Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, which gave financial assistance and volunteers to assist the Franklin Square community.

Signet Bank, for volunteer services including Junior Achievement projects and serving breakfast to the homeless.

TECCO, for outreach initiatives including a program to involve high school and college students in the development of educational software programs.

Xerox Corp., for donating $78,000 worth of printers and copiers to Logan Elementary School and $10,000 to Center Stage, among other donations.

Pub Date: 11/26/97

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