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Mayor honors Baltimore's Top Neighborhood Dads

6/13/2014, 6 a.m.
On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake hosted her 8th annual Baltimore's Top Neighborhood Dads luncheon at the Baltimore ...
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake with Baltimore’s “Top Neighborhood Dads” at a luncheon held in their honor at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (Photo: Mark Dennis/Office of the Mayor)

— On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake hosted her 8th annual Baltimore's Top Neighborhood Dads luncheon at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, where she honored 25 winners. The Baltimore's Top Neighborhood Dads contest honors strong and dedicated Baltimore men, who play an active role in making their communities better, safer and stronger.

"It takes a tremendous amount of strength and dedication to remain focused on your family, your career, and your community," said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. "By doing what is right— by mentoring young people, cleaning their neighborhoods, helping neighbors in need, or any number of other good deeds—the men honored today add to the quality of life in our growing city. I truly appreciate the commitment they share for the communities they serve."

Nominations were submitted by community associations throughout Baltimore City. Baltimore's Top Neighborhood Dads are not necessarily fathers themselves, but have given fatherly love for their neighborhoods by working to improve the quality of life within their communities.

WBAL-TV News Anchor Jason Newton served as master of ceremonies for the event. Baltimore Gas and Electric Chief Executive Officer Calvin G. Butler Jr. delivered the keynote address. At the luncheon, winners were presented with a citation from Mayor Rawlings-Blake.

2014 Top Neighborhood Dads Winners

Earl Anderson, CARE Community Association, Inc.

Peter E. Auchincloss, Dickeyville Community Association

Rev. Kevin A. Brooks, Charles Village Benefits District

John Carrington, Bridgeview/Evergreen

Jake Colbert, Druid Heights Community Development Corporation

Randolph Elsey, Gwynnbrook-Garriwood Neighborhood Association

Victor Gunther, Oswego Mall

Bernard Haynes, Latrobe Homes

James E. Hill, Sr., McCulloh Homes

Lonnie Horton, WWFF-BOC Neighborhood Association

Thomas L. Hutchinson, Robert W. Coleman Community Organization

James Johnson, Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.

Dr. Franklin Lance, Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council (GMCC)

George E. Mitchell, Langston Hughes Community Action Association

Rev. Richard A. Mosely, Sr., Rosemont Family Homes

Dr. LeDamien Myers, Albemarle Square Neighborhood Association

Pedro Palomino, Baltimore City Hispanic Commission

Jessie L. Parker, Edmondson Village Community Association

Alan Pressman, Lakeside Neighbors Coalition (LNC)

Leon C. Purnell, The Men and Families Center

Matthew Stutzman, Irvington Community Association

Roosevelt Walker, Lyndhurst Community Association

Richard Carl Walther, Charles Village Civic Association (CVCA)

Devin White, Lanvale Towers/Canal Courts

Gordon Williams, Hillen Road Improvement Association