Good deeds of 14 firms recognized by mayor From immunizations to jobs for dropouts

November 14, 1998|By Kristine Henry | Kristine Henry,SUN STAFF

With more and more deserving entries, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said it's getting harder to select the winners of the Mayor's Business Recognition Awards. But selected they were, and yesterday the winners of the 24th annual event were given their due at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore across from the Inner Harbor.

The awards, sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Development Corp., honor businesses that have shown outstanding community leadership and service to the city. This year's event paid tribute to deeds ranging from children's immunization to employment opportunities for high school dropouts.

"Baltimore is full of companies that are dedicated, not just to their own bottom line," Schmoke told the audience, "but to strengthening the communities and neighborhoods where they do business."

Award recipients were:

Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va., for contributions to the United Way of Central Maryland and employee involvement in fund-raising activities.

The Baltimore Sun, for its Reading by 9 initiative that promotes an increase in the number of 9-year-olds who can read at or above a third-grade level.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland, for sponsoring the city health department's mobile immunization unit for city children.

Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, for its community support center that offers counseling, parent training and other support services for families.

Carroll Independent Fuel Co., for its welfare-to-work initiative that has trained and hired 40 workers this year for its gas station-convenience stores.

Chesapeake Biological Laboratories Inc., for providing training and career opportunities in the biotechnology industry to empowerment-zone residents.

Crestar Bank, for its Community Checking program; its reading program at Gwynn Falls Elementary School and its Junior Achievement program at Mount Washington Elementary School.

Doracon Contracting Inc., for its staff time and donation of equipment and landscaping to rebuild a playground at Federal Hill Elementary School.

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake Inc., for its Career Development Center training program to prepare welfare HTC recipients for the transition to work.

Greater Baltimore McDonald's restaurants, for college scholarships and Ronald McDonald House charities and grants.

Maryland General Hospital, for its partnership with the Laurence G. Paquin School that offers a health center for students, outreach program, pregnancy-prevention education, a career enrichment program and training for young fathers.

The Rouse Co., for improving the quality of life in the city through its support for the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Maryland Institute, College of Art and the Franciscan Center.

Shimba Inc., for offering high school dropouts employment opportunities in the fashion industry and for forming a partnership with the Office of Employment Development's program for earning a high school diploma.

Waterford Caseworks Inc., for training more than 100 prisoners and ex-offenders and offering employment opportunities in cabinetmaking.

Pub Date: 11/14/98

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