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Family League of Baltimore Recognizes Outstanding Partners, Board Members at Annual Meeting

BALTIMORE (Nov. 15, 2013) – Family League of Baltimore’s partners, board members and staff met at the Vollmer Center in Baltimore’s Cylburn Arboretum to celebrate the past year’s successes  during an annual meeting and celebration Thursday.
 
Family League Board of Directors Chairwoman Kathy Westcoat highlighted some of the Family League’s accomplishments over the past year in helping Baltimore’s struggling, hardworking families achieve a better life.
 
“The past year has been a truly great one for our organization,” said Family League board chairwoman Kathy Westcoat. “As we continue to grow, we won’t lose sight of our important mission to bring it all together for Baltimore’s children and families.”
 
Four awards were bestowed upon individuals and organizations for their achievements as partners with the Family League. They were:

 

  • ExpandED by The After School Corporation received the President’s Award. TASC has a strong partnership with the Family League bringing ExpandED programming to Baltimore through a 3-year demonstration project at The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary, Hilton Elementary and Harlem Park Elementary/Middle schools.
  • Del. Mary Washington, D-Baltimore, received the Civic Leadership Award. Del. Washington has shown support for Baltimore children and families through her advocacy. She recently successfully negotiated with the Maryland Transportation Agency to provide discounted bus passes for nearly 2,000 young people participating the Maryland Office of Employment and Development’s Youth Works summer jobs program.
  • Jane Sundius and Open Society Institute-Baltimore received the Champions for Change Award. Sundius, OSI’s director of the Education and Youth Development Program, and OSI were recognized for their financial support for the Family League and  commitment to Baltimore’s children and families through OSI’s ongoing efforts to increase the quality and quantity of after-school and summer learning opportunities for Baltimore’s children. 
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communications Programs (CCP) received the Community Partnership Award. CCP’s work on communications campaigns for B’more for Healthy Babies have contributed to the reduction infant mortality in Baltimore by 27% over the last four years.

“Our private and public partners make us the strong organization we are,” said Family League President & CEO Jonathon Rondeau. “We are a bridge builder, but it takes the players on either side of the bridge to make the movement happen. The Family League is proud to have champions, funders and other partners who help improve the lives of children, youth and families in Baltimore.”

Several outgoing Family League board members were also recognized for their dedication and support to the organization. They were: Hathaway Ferebee, Phillip Leaf, Karen Sitnick, Mary Louise Preis, Angela Vaughn-Lee and Joyce Wright.

"It is the tireless work of these dedicated volunteers that make this possible," said Westcoat. 

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The Family League of Baltimore leads, develops and implements collaborative solutions to help struggling, hard-working Baltimore families and children achieve their dreams of a better life. The Family League was established in 1992 as the Baltimore’s Local Management Board to manage and deploy government funds that strengthen children and families. The organization serves as an architect of change, leveraging relationships with public and private entities, as well as convening stakeholders from government, the funding community and direct service organizations to bring together financial support and a shared vision for education and hunger that benefit the children and families of Baltimore.

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