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12 Winners Named to Receive 2004 Mayor's Business Recognition Awards on Dec. 10 for Outstanding Community Service.

BALTIMORE, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten Baltimore-area businesses and two nonprofit organizations have been named winners of the 2004 Mayor's Business Recognition Awards for civic leadership and outstanding community service.

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley will present the awards on December 10 during a luncheon program at the Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel. This year's 30th annual business awards program is an initiative of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Mayor's Office, and the Baltimore Development Corporation.

The mayor and leaders of the GBC and Baltimore Development Corporation will honor businesses ranging from a local building deconstruction firm that converts the salvaging process into a job-training opportunity for ex- offenders and young adults to major corporations that donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to educational and community initiatives.

"These award winners deserve our congratulations and heartfelt thanks," said Mayor O'Malley. "They represent the vitality, spirit, and strong commitment to community that exists among executives and employees in our city's business and nonprofit sectors."

Winners of the 2004 Mayor's Business Recognition Awards are:

Bank of America, for its "Neighborhood Excellence Initiative," a program designed to recognize, reward and nurture neighborhood-oriented nonprofit organizations, local heroes, and student leaders who are helping their neighborhoods achieve excellence. Baltimore is among 30 select markets in which the Bank of America conducts this initiative.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, for its support of Health Care for the Homeless through its Community Touchdown program that awards cash contributions based on Ravens' touchdowns and provides health insurance to uninsured homeless citizens. CareFirst also awarded $490,000 in grants to anti-obesity initiatives of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Open Gate, a community-based Baltimore clinic.

Constellation Energy, for raising substantial contributions to charities by hosting the Constellation Energy Golf Classic, the Baltimore stop on the PGA Champions Tour. The 2004 tournament raised an estimated $100,000 each for The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Kennedy Krieger Institute, The Living Classrooms Foundation and the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins.

The Crossroads School, a middle school operated by the Living Classrooms Foundation, for helping at-risk youth by providing an experience-based, hands- on education that teaches the fundamentals of reading, writing, and math as well as technology, cooperative learning and critical thinking.

Miles & Stockbridge P.C., for its Community Law in Action mentoring program at Northwestern High School's Law, Leadership and Public Service Academy. Lawyers and staff volunteers mentor students from disadvantaged neighborhoods and host regular student working visits to the firm's office.

Monumental Supply Co., a women-owned business in East Baltimore, for proactively improving its community's appearance, at its own expense, by creating and prepping tree pits and cleaning up illegally-dumped debris along neighborhood streets.

Northrop Grumman, for its mentoring program to cultivate interest among Baltimore City high school students in careers in engineering and science. Employee volunteers are mentors to students, who participate in training classes, gain part-time summer employment at Northrop Grumman, and may receive college scholarship awards of up to $5,000 per year.

Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, for providing grants to benefit programs for the disadvantaged and youth of Baltimore City, including a $10,000 grant to the Center for Poverty Solutions (CPS), and grants of $5,000 each to the Franciscan Youth Center for its teen mentoring and peer leadership programs; to My Sister's Circle for its mentoring and tutoring program for inner city 5th grade girls; and to The Village Learning Place for its Study Buddies initiative, a 12-week, one-on-one tutoring program in reading and math for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

Second Chance, Inc., which provides job-skills training and employment for ex-offenders, young adults and other city residents in conjunction with its business, which encompasses deconstructing old buildings, salvaging and selling preserved architectural antiques.

Staples, for its partnership with Brehms Lane Elementary School and The Teach Baltimore Summer School Program from Johns Hopkins Hospital. The company donated $15,000 and supplied materials including copy paper, computer disks, ink cartridges, pens, pencils, and calculators.

Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, for its partnerships related to the "Believe in your Schools" program, where the company focused on nine Baltimore City public schools and donated more than $437,000 toward new facilities, improved classrooms, and interior and exterior renovations.

Urban Leadership Institute, for collaborating with the Mayor's Office for Youth and Families to organize Youth Explosion 2004. The initiative trains and empowers participants to develop attitudes, skills and knowledge to operate and manage youth organizations and to foster the participation of young people in a democratic society.

CONTACT: Gene Bracken, Greater Baltimore Committee, +1-410-727-2820, x-33
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