(BALTIMORE, Md. — November 15, 2018) Compassion, humanity, and possibility were the main themes of the 2018 AFP National Philanthropy Day Awards. Marylanders, of every age, were honored for their philanthropic support for veterans, medical research, the elderly, animals, education, the arts, and more.
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce joined the Baltimore Business Journal in presenting the Business Philanthropy Award to three outstanding businesses: Johns Hopkins, Potomac Edison, and Edwards Performance Solutions. These three companies – one large, one mid-sized, and one small – came out on top among an impressive group of nominees for their philanthropic and volunteer leadership.
Maryland Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Christine Ross and Baltimore Business Journal Market President and Publisher Rhonda Pringle announced the honors.
“The Philanthropy Day Awards reinforced for me the magnitude of Maryland’s native spirit of generosity, care for community, and selflessness,” Ross said after the event. “From the youngest winners to the eldest, each recipient showed us the multiplying power of giving back.”
The program culminated with the audience in awe as Betsy and George Sherman accepted the award for Outstanding Philanthropists. Their work, through their Sherman Family Foundation, supports a vast array of educational organizations including: the Center for Urban Families, The Family Tree, Teach for America, and Baltimore Center Stage.
To the 700 in the room, Sherman said, “What we all share is optimism. We may see something that’s never been done and we say, ‘Let’s do it.'”
Among those celebrated, James and Florine Camphor received the 2018 Community Impact Award for a donation that supported over 200 students at Coppin State University and Melissa Warlow was presented the award for Outstanding Foundation for the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, which focuses its support on the arts.
This is the Maryland Chamber’s 18th year partnering with the Baltimore Business Journal to honor businesses for their community contributions. National Philanthropy Day, a program of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, celebrates the charitable work that creates an impact in the community.