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15 local firms get community service awards GBC honors go to are firms that sponsored a variety of programs.


Fifteen local firms and organizations, each with community service programs ranging from recycling efforts to fighting illiteracy, have received the Greater Baltimore Committee's and Mayor's Business Recognition Award.

The 17th annual awards program, which is jointly sponsored by Baltimore's mayor and the GBC, was held yesterday at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Baltimore. Approximately 500 people attended.

"The involvement of Baltimore business in the community is nothing short of indispensable," said Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke just before presenting the awards. "Unfortunately, your civic and community work does not always get the recognition it deserves."

The following company's were recognized yesterday for various community service efforts:

* Acme Paper and Supply Co. -- for its part in the recycling effort at the Baltimore Zoo called "Recycling, It's Zooable."

* Baines Stop, Shop and Save -- for an academic achievement awards program it conducts at all of the city's 42 elementary schools.

* Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. -- for community programs targeting the city's elderly and handicapped populations.

* The Baltimore Sun -- for its newspaper recycling and literacy programs.

* Chase Bank of Maryland -- for its support of the Sweat Equity Program that helps low-income families buy and renovate abandoned city homes.

* The COUNT Program [a coalition of the Mechanical Contractors Association, Plumbers Local 48 and Steamfitters Local 438] -- for providing volunteers to make repairs to the homes of elderly and handicapped Baltimore residents.

* First National Bank of Maryland -- for providing financial and volunteer support to the Joseph Ritchie Hospice for the terminally ill.

* Information Control Systems -- for fighting illiteracy and hunger in Baltimore.

* Procter and Gamble -- for efforts in industrial recycling and cleaning the harbor.

In addition, the following firms were honored for their work with the Baltimore Commonwealth, a program that encourages partnerships between businesses and city schools:

* IBM -- for its computer training program for students and teachers at Dunbar Middle School.

* The Johns Hopkins Space Grant Consortium -- for its teacher training, student scholarship and graduate fellowship programs ifocusing on earth and planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics.

* Nova Pharmaceutical -- for introducing career opportunities in high technology to students at Ben Franklin Middle School.

* The Sheraton Inner Harbor -- for offering one-day-a-week employment to a small group of middle school students as an vTC incentive to maintain good grades.

* V-103 Radio -- for helping publicize the Commonwealth program and for honoring high achieving students with prizes.

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