Every year, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation hosts a one-of-a-kind gala, which has become the Foundation's most successful fundraiser. Honorees are selected from the fields of entertainment, business, and sports and they are recognized for their leadership, dedication to their field, and commitment to philanthropy.
Some past honorees include world-class boxer Muhammad Ali, and his wife, Lonnie, lifelong advocate for disadvantaged children, Robbie Callaway, and Baltimore-based company, Under Armour, former president of KohlÕs Department Stores Jay Baker, and his wife, Tony Award winning Broadway producer, Patty Good Baker, former Baltimore Raven and current ALS awareness advocate, OJ Brigance, New York Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira, tennis legend Andre Agassi; College Football Hall of Fame coach and ESPN analyst, Lou Holtz; National Baseball Hall of Famers Yogi Berra, Earl Weaver, and Tony Gwynn; World Series Champion Pitcher, Jamie Moyer; John Walsh of America's Most Wanted; co-founder of MBNA Corporation, Charles M. Cawley; AOL founder, Steve Case; Priceline co-founder, Jord Poster; and Colts quarterback, Peyton Manning.
In addition to the honorees, guests include many other celebrities and individuals outstanding in their respective fields. The Aspire Gala not only honors positive role models, but also presents an opportunity to learn more about what the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is doing across the country for at-risk youth.
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is grateful to all our 2013 sponsors and friends for their dedicated support. Thank you for helping us raise more than $2.1 million for our programs to benefit at-risk young.