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.

Hall of Fame Sponsor
Pat & Jay Baker Foundation
Fields, Inc.
The McNaughton Foundation
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet
Shaw Sports Turf
Under Armour
UnitedHealthcare – Do Good. Live Well.

Platinum Sponsor
KELLY & Associates Insurance Group / KELLY Payroll
Kohl’s Department Stores
Lewis Contractors
Major League Baseball
Southwest Airlines

Gold Sponsor
Eugene & Ruth Freedman Family Foundation
First Pic, Inc.
McCormick & Company, Inc.
Mystic Aquarium
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Constance and Brooks Robinson Charitable Foundation
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Silver Sponsor
AXIOS Napa Valley & Kalaris Family Vineyards
Baltimore Ravens
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Chevy Baltimore
Chicago Title Insurance Company / Fidelity National Title Group
Deloitte & Touche LLP
DEX Imaging
Harlem RBI
Harold and Bonnie Himmelman
Jim and Pam Hall
John and Cindy Lee
Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s
Elaine and Roger Ralph
Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver, LLC
Saint Agnes Foundation
SC&H Group
Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, P.A. and Shapiro Negotiations Institute
T. Rowe Price
University of Maryland Medical System
Venable LLP
Windsor Electric Co., Inc.


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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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