From left to right: Naismith Hall of Famer and former University of Maryland head basketball coach, Gary Williams, Rhythm and funk band, Kool and The Gang, and Football Hall of Famer and former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle, Jonathan Ogden.
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The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation hosted its 14th Annual Aspire Gala on February 23, 2018 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. The event honored leaders from the fields of sports, entertainment, and business and continued the tradition of honoring those who are truly making a difference in the lives of others.
This year we honored Jonathan Ogden, Football Hall of Famer and former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle, and Gary Williams, Naismith Hall of Famer and former University of Maryland head basketball coach, for excellence in their fields, dedication to helping others, and for being a coach in life to so many both on and off the field/court. We also had a performance by rhythm and funk band, Kool and The Gang. All proceeds from the event went directly to benefit the work of the Foundation and the children we impact.
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, working throughout the country with community-based youth organizations to serve at-risk young people and build Youth Development Parks in America’s most distressed communities. Founded in 2001, the Foundation is led by former Major League Baseball players, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Bill Ripken, and was named in memory of their father, Cal, Sr. The life lessons of leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship, personal responsibility, and a strong work ethic are keys to success for all young people, especially those living in disadvantaged circumstances.
Please contact Carrie LeBow, Executive Vice President, Resource Development and Marketing, at email@example.com to discuss sponsorship opportunities for next year's Aspire Gala or any of our upcoming events.
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is grateful to all our 2018 sponsors and friends for their dedicated support.
Hall of Fame Sponsor
Kevin Harvick Foundation
The McNaughton Foundation
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet
Patty & Jay Baker Foundation
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
KELLY Benefit Strategies / KELLY Payroll
Major League Baseball
Eugene & Ruth Freedman Family Foundation
John & Cindy Lee
McCormick & Company, Inc.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
The Bob Lucido Team of Keller Williams Integrity
AXIOS Napa Valley & Kalaris Family Vineyards
Kenny & Melissa Baldwin
Irv & Dana Bisnov
Chicago Title Insurance Company / Fidelity National Title Group
Jim & Pal Hall
Harold & Bonnie Himmelman
Rawlings Sporting Goods
Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC
The Schwab Family
University of Maryland Medical System
University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics
Windsor Electric Co., Inc.
You can contact Carrie LeBow, Executive Vice President, Resource Development & Marketing, at CLEBOW@RIPKENFOUNDATION.ORG to discuss sponsorship opportunities for next year’s Aspire Gala or other events the Foundation will hold later this year.