Aspire Gala 2017

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation hosted its 13th Annual Aspire Gala on February 24, 2017 at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott. The event honors leaders from the fields of sports, entertainment, and business. This year’s Aspire Gala continued the tradition of honoring those who are truly making a difference in the lives of others.

We honored special guests, Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, and Basketball Hall of Famer and NBA Coach Nancy Lieberman, for excellence in their fields, dedication to helping others, and for being coaches in lives of so many both on and off the field/court.  Country singer and songwriter, Jake Owen, also joined us for a special musical performance. All proceeds from the event go directly to benefit the work of the Foundation and the children we impact.

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by the Ripken family in 2001 in memory of Cal Ripken, Sr. to carry on his legacy of using sports-themed programs as a hook to teach critical life lessons to at-risk youth. The Foundation teaches kids the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle and making smart, productive decisions both on and off the playing field. Through active community partnerships with hundreds of youth-serving organizations, thousands of underserved youth benefit each year from the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in the most challenged communities across the country.

Please contact Carrie LeBow, Vice President, Resource Development, at to discuss sponsorship opportunities for next year’s Aspire Gala.

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is grateful to all our 2017 sponsors and friends for their dedicated support.



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    Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson

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    Basketball Hall of Famer and NBA Coach Nancy Lieberman

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    American Country Music Singer and Songwriter Jake Owen

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