2019 Aspire Gala

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This year we celebrated our 15th Annual Aspire Gala which benefited our work with at-risk youth across the country. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's Aspire Gala honored leaders from the fields of sports, entertainments, and business. This year's auspicious Aspire Gala continued a tradition of honoring those who are truly making a difference in the lives of others. The evening included a lively cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, program, and special musical performance. This year, we honored Curtis Martin, Football Hall of Famer and former New York Jets running back; Jim Leyland, former World Series winning manager for the Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers; and Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 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 musical performance planned by DENNIS DEYOUNG: THE MUSIC OF STYX. All event proceeds went to further the mission of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and our work with at-risk youth across the country.

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 Developments 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.

For more information on sponsoring any of our future events, please contact Carrie LeBow at 443-841-7032 or clebow@ripkenfoundation.org for more information. You can also see a list of our future events here.


The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is grateful to all our 2019 sponsors and friends for their dedicated support.

Hall of Fame Sponsors

Devon Energy Corporation
The McNaughton Foundation
Niagara Cares
Ollie's Bargain Outlet
Under Armour
UnitedHealthcare - Do Good. Live Well.

Platinum Sponsors

Kelly & Associates Insurance Group / KELLY Payroll
Lewis Contractors
Major League Baseball
The Scotts Company, LLC
Southwest Airlines
Jermaine & Sarah Swafford

Gold Sponsors

AXIOS Napa Valley & Kalaris Family Vineyards
Eugene & Ruth Freedman Family Foundation
FirstPic, Inc.
John & Cindy Lee
McCormick & Company, Inc.
Mystic Aquarium
Roy Rogers
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Silver Sponsors

Kenny & Melissa Baldwin
Baltimore Ravens
Irv & Dana Bisnov
The Bob Lucido Team of Keller Williams Integrity
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Chicago Title Insurance Company/Fidelity National Title Group
DC United
DEX Imaging
Harold Himmelman
JC Global
Ken & Anna Kuo
M&T Bank
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
PNC Bank
Elaine & Roger Ralph
RBC Wealth Management
Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC
Springfield College
SC&H Group
The Schwab Family
Windsor Electric Co., Inc.
Weller Development Company, LLC
Suntrust Bank, Inc.
University of Maryland Medical System
Venable LLP

Bronze Sponsors 
$5,000 - $12,499

BSN Sports
Daily's Landscaping
King Zak Industries
LIDS Foundation, Inc.
NPL Construction Co.
RBC Wealth Management
Nancy and Ben Remak

Copper Sponsors
$1,000 - $4,999

The Bazaar, Inc.
Buckingham Capital Management
Concord Global Trading, Inc.
Terry and Christine Flynn
Susan Brown and Richard Geist
HBK Engineering
LB International
Regent Products Corp.
Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, P.A. and
Shapiro Negotiations Institute