16 firms honored for community involvement

They, and others, are city's `heart and soul,' Hutchinson says


November 11, 1999|By Amanda J. Crawford | Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF

Sixteen Baltimore firms were honored yesterday by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke for their support of community organizations and the initiation of community service programs.

The awards program, held at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, was sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee, the mayor's office and the Baltimore Development Corp.

"In honoring these businesses, we also pay tribute to the many others like them who, frankly, are the heart and soul of our city and its commerce," GBC President Donald P. Hutchinson told the audience. Award recipients were:

Bell Atlantic-Maryland Inc., for it's "Book 'Em" program, which has raised funds and donated books to over 80,000 Baltimore-area elementary school students, and its Baltimore City Public School System Career Connection Partnership, which provides laboratory and classroom supplies and offers student internships.

CVS Pharmacy, for its Consumer Management Instruction Program offered in the Baltimore public school system. The program provides business training and work-based learning experiences.

The Fitch Co., for its partnership with Westport School, where the firm's employees are involved in volunteer efforts ranging from teaching seminars to a "Clean-Up Westport" Day.

The Harbor Bank of Maryland, for community services ranging from providing summer internships to presenting workshops on professional development and interview skills.

Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins University, for their Dunbar Partnership, which prepares students for careers in health care, and for a program in which Hopkins students provide tutorial support for city elementary school students.

McGuire Woods Battle & Boothe LLP, for its partnership with the Franciscan Center, including mentoring, sponsoring summer camp and donating Orioles tickets and money to enable students to attend games.

Morstein's Jewelers, for its 100th anniversary fund-raising effort for the Homeless Shelter and the Learning Center in South Baltimore, as well as its sponsorships of several community organizations and programs.

Provident Bank of Maryland, for sponsoring the Police Athletic League the past three years, as well as its involvement in the Constellation restoration effort.

Radio One Inc., for its sponsorship of several events, among them the Stone Soul Picnic, and for raising money for school computers.

Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, for its occupational training program, neighborhood beautification projects and training program for unemployed veterans.

Sylvan Learning Systems Inc., for its support of Port Discovery Children's Museum and other projects, and sponsorship of 18 community-oriented foundations.

TCI Communications of Baltimore, for a program that has provided grants to more than 600 community and nonprofit organizations.

Tandy Corp., for its efforts to reduce fire fatalities by donating 20,000 smoke detectors for free distribution to city residents.

STX Inc., for its sponsorship of lacrosse clinics and charitable events for the Carroll Park Police Athletic League, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the American Cancer Society and the Maryland Department of Social Services.

Xerox Business Services-Maryland, for its employee volunteer initiatives that benefit Manna House and several other organizations and schools.

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