BALTIMORE, MD. (May 9, 2012) – Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake hosted the sixth annual Baltimore’s Top Neighborhood Moms luncheon at the Vollmer Center at the Cylburn Arboretum. In its sixth year, the Top Neighborhood Moms contest honors strong and dedicated Baltimore women for their efforts to make their neighborhood and community better, safer, and stronger.
“As we work to grow Baltimore by 10,000 families in the next 10 years, we need to inspire residents to dedicate their lives to making their communities better every day,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “The women we honor today are a source of inspiration for us all. Wanting the best for their families, they confront every challenge and work for real progress in their neighborhoods.”
To be nominated, the person does not need to be a mother—rather, someone who has given motherly love through her work for her community. This year, nearly 60 women were nominated by their neighborhood associations for their efforts.
Amelia, co-host of the 98Rock Morning Show served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event. Dr. Michelle A. Gourdine, CEO and Principal Consultant of Michelle Gourdine & Associates LLC and Author of Reclaiming Our Health: A Guide to African American Wellness, delivered the keynote address. Music was provided by the Baltimore School for the Arts Jazz Combo.
In addition to the luncheon, winners were given a citation from the Mayor and ceramic centerpieces crafted by students at the Careers in the Arts Program at ACCE (Academy for Career and College Exploration. The complete list of women honored as Baltimore’s Top Neighborhood Moms, and the communities that nominated them, is below.
2012 Baltimore’s Top Neighborhood Moms
Elizabeth Alex, Latino Community
LaTonya Buckson, Evergreen Protective Association
Joyce Chapman, The New Auchentoroly Terrace Association, Inc.
Inez Commander, Pleasant View Gardens
Dorothy “Dot” Cunningham, My Brother’s Keeper, Irvington Community
Genny Dill, Roosevelt Park Recreation Council
Adline P. Dorsey, Valley View Neighborhood Association
Gussie Dunston, Gwynnbrook-Garriwood Neighborhood Association
Frances Forte, Lauraville Improvement Association
Karen French, Seton Hill Association
Sharon L. Guida, Old Goucher Business Alliance
Flor Giusti, Latino Community
Adeline Hutchinson, Robert W. Coleman Community Organization
Shakesha Mack, Cherry Hill Homes Tenant Council
Edna Manns, Fayette Street Outreach Organization, Inc.
Meritta Maxwell, Ellerslie Apartments
Sandi McFadden, Mid-Govans Community Association
Freida Morton, Homewood-Bartlett Community
Sharon Reuter, Ridgely’s Delight
Sally Robinson, Resident Advisory Board
Edith Schenck, Druid Park Drive New Neighborhood Association
Lillian Syndor, Park Heights
Timethea Wardlaw, Lakeview Towers Tenant Council
Laura Wexler, Charles Village Civic Association
Deloise Wise, Mondawmin Neighborhood Improvement Association
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