Family League 2019 Community Award Honorees Announcement


For Immediate Release

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2019 Community Award Winners

The Honorable Cory V. McCray
Civic Leadership Award

Charles Werhane
President & CEO
Enterprise Community Investments, Inc.
Chairman’s Award

DRU/Mondawmin Healthy Families, Inc.
Community Partnership Award

Joni Holifield
President and CEO,
HeartSmiles, LLC
Champion for Change

Family League to honor State Senator Cory McCray for legislation addressing childhood hunger at 2019 Annual Meeting and Celebration

Senator among standout list of community partners committed to improve outcomes for children, youth

BALTIMORE, Md. – October 21, 2019 – Family League of Baltimore (Family League) today announced the list of community partners and stand outs to be recognized at its 2019 Annual Meeting and Celebration. The event will be held on Thursday, November 7th at Studio 4, Saratoga and Holliday Streets. The festivities will kick off with a reception at 6 pm, followed by recognition of honorees and a review of the organization’s accomplishments and vision at 7 pm. This year’s celebration will also include the Engage in Transformation 2020 Interactive Experience sponsored by Comcast. This multimedia showcase that will tell the story of the organization’s work, its investments, and the partners who make it all possible while also logging the community’s ongoing needs. The event is also supported by PNC Bank; The Earle and Annette Shawe Family Foundation; Axis Consultant Group; Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP Attorneys At Law; and Stevenson University Online.

“As we prepare to enter a new decade, Family League is poised to go deeper to support Baltimore communities to bring lasting change and improved outcomes for our children, youth, and families,” said Demaune Millard, the organization’s president and CEO. “This will be reflected in this year’s Annual Meeting and this stellar group of honorees.”

Each year, Family League selects awardees who have shown outstanding dedication to Baltimore City’s children and families and whose body of work is representative of the organization’s mission and core values. This year’s community award winners include:

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This award recognizes an outstanding thought partner in impact for Baltimore’s families and children. During the Maryland General Assembly’s 2019 Legislative Session, Senator McCray authored Senate Bill 218 Human Services – Food Supplements, the Summer SNAP for Children Act. This legislation has the potential to serve as a significant measure in supporting families of school-aged children by providing an additional $30 per month, per child, in direct financial food assistance via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), reducing food insecurity for children and families during the summer months. 

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New for this year’s annual meeting and celebration, the Chairman’s Award recognizes the contributions of a member of Family League’s Board of Directors whose commitment leaves an indelible mark on the organization’s ability to meet its mission and live out its values. A respected authority on nonprofit and community development finance, Charles Werhane played an integral role in ensuring Family League practices efficient stewardship of public and private dollars.

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This award is presented to a partner organization who has shown support for Family League’s mission and vision through their work. DRU/Mondawmin Healthy Families, Inc. is a pioneer in the field of community informed approaches to addressing infant mortality in the City of Baltimore. Founded in 1999, DRU/Mondawmin is Baltimore City’s first evidence-based, in-home visiting agency for families with pregnant women and children under the age of five. To date, they have nurtured nearly 1,000 healthy families in Baltimore.

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This award is given to an organization or person which advocates for positive social change for Baltimore’s children and youth. Inspired by the 2015 Freddie Gray uprising, Joni Holifield founded HeartSmiles to focus on motivating, inspiring, and empowering Baltimore’s youth to reach for success and to dream big regardless of their circumstance. Four years later, HeartSmiles offers free services for youth and young adults including mentoring, tutoring, assistance with the college application process, resume building, assistance with finding employment and internships, learning events, networking opportunities, and youth entrepreneurship. 

The organization will also recognize a youth or youth group that has demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to being the change they want to see. Those recipients will be announced on the night of the event. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Visit to register and to find more information on award winners and sponsorship opportunities. 

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About Family League of Baltimore

Family League of Baltimore (Family League) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the designated Local Management Board for the City of Baltimore. Since 1991, it has served as an architect of change in Baltimore by promoting data-driven, collaborative initiatives and aligning resources to create lasting outcomes for children, families and communities. Stewardship, performance, trust, respect and innovation are the core values that guide its work. In Fiscal Year 2018, Family League provided more than $13 million to 73 funded partners.  Learn more about Family League at Join us on Facebook, InstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.