In honor of Memorial Day weekend of May 21st-25th, we hosted our second exclusively online auction with prizes rare memorabilia including jerseys, helmets and footballs provided directly by NFL teams! With the support of many, we were able to raise over $5500 in 4 days! All funding raised helped the Foundation continue our yearly operations, especially sending donations and providing services to our non-profit partners.
To coincide with the NFL Draft, on April 23rd – 27th we hosted our first ever online auction to help support our mission. The virtual event SOLD OUT with 30 items provided directly by the NFL teams, helping raised over $7,500! We would like to sincerely thank everyone that participated, as we work through these trying times. For those that missed out, we will be hosting another auction in the coming weeks with even more priceless and rare items from your favorite players and teams!
On April 28th, we hosted an online drawing via Facebook for an autographed Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens football. 50 people participated by donating $20 to our mission, helping us raise $1,000 in just a few short days. Congratulations to the winner being Rob Portch of Columbia, MD, who said he chose the lucky 43 because it was his son’s football number. We would like to thank everyone that participated and look forward to our next drawing in the coming weeks that will include a Sonos Play:5 Home Sound System and a Amazon Echo Dot.
The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation was awarded the Blue Goose-National Capital Pond Quarterly donation for $1,000 on Wednesday November 7th. The foundation was selected for their continued work to support abused, neglected and at-risk youth, with key initiatives including the Ed Block Courage Awards Community Outreaches with local children in the Baltimore community.
The award was presented at St. Vincent’s Villa, which has been partnered with the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation since its inception in 1978. The facility houses 75 children suffering from trauma, providing residential treatment in an array of services. The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation’s goal is to partner each NFL team with a children’s facility (labeled Courage House) in their region. The Baltimore Ravens dedicated St. Vincent’s Villa as their official Courage House in 1996, after their move from Cleveland, supporting the facility with player visits, donations, toy drives and much more. In attendance included Ed Block President, John Bostwick, Board Member, Manuel Vendelis and Director of Operations, Brett Dickinson, along with Wendy Fletcher of NARD, Barb Markuski of Capezio Contractors and Diane Daley of ServiceMaster of Baltimore.
The National Capital Pond composed of insurance professionals from all industries who come together to learn, build connections and give back to the community. One of the main values of Blue Goose International is charity, as they are fully committed to philanthropic efoorts. They regularly organize volunteer and charity opportunities throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Members have collected over $100,000 for local charities over the last 10 years.
To find out more about the National Capital Pond and Blue Goose International visit their website at nationalcapitalpond.com.
On February 15th, the Los Angles Rams held a “Play 60” event at A Place Called Home to formally announce the dedication of the facility as their official Courage House, becoming the 27th member of the National Courage House Support Network for Kids. A Place Called Home offers many services to the youth of South Central, Los Angles, including schooling and tutoring, behavioral counseling, music and arts program, college scholarship and job placement, among many other amenities.
The event included members of the Los Angles Rams community Relations department, team mascot Rampage, Athletic Trainer Reggie Scott and members of the local government, including the Mayor’s office. The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation’s Director of Operations, Brett Dickinson, was on hand to present the team and facility with commemorative plaques of the occasion. The Rams matched the Foundation’s $10,000 donation, to jump start their relationship, as they build their imprint on the Los Angles community.
During the event, the children were given the opportunity to join in special activities, to promote physical activity, including football drills and games, along with a bounce house donated by the team. Members from the Rams were also given a tour of the facilities to see first hand the impressive work done year round to help those in need.