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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Nov. 10, 2016) – Every year, the Maryland business community contributes millions of dollars and countless volunteer hours to charitable organizations throughout the state. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce, together with the Baltimore Business Journal, honored three area businesses or institutions with the Business Philanthropy Award at an event held on November 9, 2016 at the Baltimore Marriot Waterfront Hotel. This was the 16th year that the Maryland Chamber of Commerce has honored the philanthropic efforts of area organizations.
The awards were presented as part of National Philanthropy Day in Maryland event hosted by the Maryland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). To learn more about the day’s events, visit http://www.afpmaryland.afpnet.org/.
The awards were divided into three categories:
Those who provided outstanding support for local nonprofits, 501(c)(3)s and/or schools between September 2015 and August 2016 were eligible for this year’s award.
We are pleased to announce this year’s winners:
Small Employer category: Chesapeake Public Strategies
Chesapeake Public Strategies helps the community by doing what they do best – direct community support. Their pro-bono contributions to the community total over $126,000 in this year alone.
Realizing the lack of clothes and household items among people in need, Chesapeake Public Strategies partnered with Apogee to create the Unique Closet Program, which has raised over $500,000 in 5 years.
Chesapeake Public Strategies has a specific focus on helping children in need, which is why they generously support Girls on the Run of Montgomery County, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Prince George’s County, Heart & Homes for Youth, and Sulam.
Honorable Mention: Hartman Executive Advisors for their work supporting scholarships to students in need at Howard Community College and other educational institutions around the State.
Medium Employer category: Host Hotels & Resorts Inc.
Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. seeks to create a company culture that is built on Excellence, Partnerships, Integrity and Community (EPIC). In this spirit, they are committed to “walking the talk” with the support of their employee-led volunteer service team, walk fundraising committee, and corporate charity events.
In 2016, they worked with the USO to assemble care packages for the troops and their families, collected holiday gifts for young adults with autism and helped mulch and clean the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Also, they raised approximately $200,000 between two employee-selected and led charity walks – St. Jude/Walk to End Childhood Cancer and American Cancer Society/Relay for Life.
Honorable Mention: Choptank Transport for their work with the March of Dimes and their Thanksgiving Dinner which feeds over 250 people in need each year.
Large Employer category: Giant Food
For over 80 years, Giant Food has been a leader in the community and the region. From providing millions of dollars in cash and food donations to local Food Banks to aiming for zero-waste, Giant has been a vital resource to those in need.
In 2016 alone, Giant provided $315,000 in grants to the Maryland Food Bank, $121,000 to military families, and $1.3 Million to helping 873 Maryland/neighborhood schools. Since 1989, Giant’s A+ School Rewards Program, which allows shoppers to support their local schools, has given $94 Million back to education.
With obesity and chronic diseases on the rise, Giant is committed to providing healthy food options and opportunities for exercise. They have partnered with Ripken Baseball’s “Get Out and Play” clinics to provide exercise and wellness programs to Maryland’s children.
Honorable Mention: Chesapeake Urology Associates for their work providing free prostate cancer screenings, as well as educational opportunities and research funding.
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore Business Journal congratulate the award winners, the honorable mentions and all the nominees for their philanthropic contributions to the community.
About the Maryland Chamber of Commerce:
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice for business in Maryland, representing more than 400,000 Marylanders through our member-companies, institutions and organizations. The Maryland Chamber’s mission is to support business and advance the State of Maryland as a national and global competitive leader in economic growth and private sector job creation through effective advocacy, high-level networking and timely and relevant communication.