There were moments when there couldn’t have been a dry eye in the room.
The 2017 AFP Maryland National Philanthropy Day Awards featured so much inspiring generosity in just two hours that the 800 attendees must have all walked out of the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel wondering what they could go do for someone else that very minute.
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce, a partnering sponsor of the event, was honored to join the Baltimore Business Journal in presenting Business Philanthropy Awards to three outstanding Chamber members: Bank of America; Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina; and Brotman Financial Group. The three companies – one large, one midsized, and one small – edged out a host of nominees for their philanthropic and volunteer leadership.
“Business is a critical leader in giving back to communities,” Maryland Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Christine Ross told the crowd. “It’s so important to celebrate that.”
Ross congratulated each recipient as Maryland Chamber Board Chair and KCI TechnologiesPresident Nate Beil and Baltimore Business Journal Market President and Publisher Rhonda Pringle announced the honors.
The event also honored four outstanding youth fundraisers, each of whom held the 800 rapt with their acceptance speeches – and each of whom probably had job offers as soon as they left the stage, despite being too young to work full-time.
The day culminated in awards for Patricia and Mark Joseph as the AFP Maryland Philanthropists of the Year, and the Kahlert Foundation as the Outstanding Foundation of the Year. The Josephs have given generously to arts and youth organizations like Thread, while the Kahlert Foundationhas supported Chamber members like Towson University in education-centered initiatives.
This is the Maryland Chamber’s 17th year partnering with the Baltimore Business Journal to honor businesses for their community contributions.
“It’s just so meaningful to be part of this,” Ross said after the event. “This is one of the best parts of being a chamber of commerce – working together for the greater good of the community.”
National Philanthropy Day, a program of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, pays tribute to the invaluable contributions that philanthropy has made to our personal lives, our nation, and the world. It acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the quality of our lives and the fabric of our society.