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Catholic Charities of Baltimore to receive 2015 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award

Catholic Charities of Baltimore has been named as a recipient of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 41st annual Mayor’s Business Recognition Award. The award recognizes in particular Catholic Charities’ Dragon Boat Races, a biennial competitive team event in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor that raises money for Catholic Charities’ programs while also encouraging volunteerism and community service among employees of Baltimore-area businesses. The next Dragon Boat Races are scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016.

Recipients of the Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards are chosen by representatives of the city of Baltimore, the Baltimore Development Corporation and the Greater Baltimore Committee, and is given to those organizations that have demonstrated outstanding community service and contributed to improving Baltimore.

Catholic Charities of Baltimore LogoThe award will be presented Dec. 1 during the Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards Luncheon at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.

“We are tremendously honored to be recognized with the Mayor’s Business Recognition Award,” said Bill McCarthy, executive director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore. “The Dragon Boat Races are important to Catholic Charities and also to our friends and partners in the business community. This event brings companies together with the shared purpose of making Baltimore a better place for our brothers and sisters in need and raises money for the life-saving work of Catholic Charities. The Dragon Boat Races really showcaseBaltimore at its very best.”

Catholic Charities of Baltimore is Maryland’s largest private provider of human services, offering assistance to children and families, people living in poverty, individuals with intellectual disabilities, immigrants and seniors without regard to religion, race or other circumstances. Inspired by the Gospel mandates to love, serve and teach, the more than 80 programs of Catholic Charities improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Marylanders each year. Catholic Charities continues a legacy of charity and compassion that began with the establishment of the Catholic Church in Baltimore in 1789.

Catholic Charities’ Dragon Boat Races are held every two years in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, a competitive event comprised of teams from a number of Baltimore-area businesses. Corporate-sponsored teams compete in all-day elimination races to raise funds for Catholic Charities 80 human service programs – and to win the coveted Dragon Cup. Each team is partnered with one of the programs of Catholic Charities. Teams for 2016 are now being formed.