2020 Aspire Gala

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This year we celebrated our 16th Annual Aspire Gala which benefitted our work with at-risk youth across the country. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's Aspire Gala honored leaders from the fields of sports, entertainment, 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 Annika Sorenstam, World Golf Hall of Fame Member and 10-time Major Champion; Rob Jones, United States Marine & Paralympic Athlete; and Tony La Russa, Baseball Hall of Fame Manager, 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. We also had a musical performance by LOVERBOY. All event proceeds furthered 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.

If you are interested in sponsoring any of our upcoming events, click here to view our schedule. You can also contact Carrie LeBow, Executive Vice President, Resource Development and Marketing at clebow@ripkenfoundation.org.


The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is grateful for all our 2020 sponsors and friends for their dedicated support.

Hall of Fame Sponsors 
Devon Energy Corporation
The McNaughton Foundation
Niagara Cares
Ollie's Bargain Outlet
Shaw Sports Turf
Under Armour
UnitedHealthcare - Do Good. Live Well.

Platinum Sponsor
Kelly & Associates Insurance Group / KELLY Payroll
Lewis Contractors
Major League Baseball
Peyton Yates Foundation
The Scotts Company, LLC
Southwest Airlines

Gold Sponsors
AXIOS Napa Valley & Kalaris Family Vineyard
BSN Sports
Eugene & Ruth Freedman Family Foundation
FirstPic, Inc.
Harold & Bonnie Himmelman
McCormick & Company, Inc.
Mystic Aquarium
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
NFL Charities
Patty & Jay Baker Foundation
Roger & Elaine Ralph
The Schwab Family
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Silver Sponsors
Kenny & Melissa Baldwin
Baltimore Ravens
Irv & Dana Bisnov
Scott Brickman & Family
Chicago Title Insurance Company / Fidelity National Title Group
Jim and Pam Hall
HFC Horizon
M&T Bank
NTG Consultants and Cannon Cochran Management Services, Inc.
PNC Bank
RBC Wealth Management
Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC
SC&H Group
SunTrust now Truist
Jermaine & Sarah Swafford
Symbol Mattress
University of Maryland Medical System
VPC, Inc.
Windsor Electric Co., Inc.

Bronze Sponsors
Rick Goings
Sommerhauser Foundation

Copper Sponsors
August Jackson
HBK Engineering, LLC
Susan Brown & Richard Geist
Shapiro Sher
Springfield College
Venable LLP