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.
CARMEN is the newest addition to the Baltimore Ravens Courage House St. Vincent Villa. CARMEN is a therapy dog that’s goal is to bring comfort and support to the kids staying at St. Vincent Villa. CARMEN was introduced at the 41st Ed Block Courage Awards and by the pictures listed in the article he is already making an impact in those kids lives. To read more about CARMEN the article is below along with pictures of CARMEN in action.
Thank you to everybody who attended and contributed to the success of the 41st Ed Block Courage Award Gala! We had over 940 people in attendance as well as players from 27 NFL teams represented at the Gala itself. The players all had a wonderful time interacting with each other and most importantly were wonderful with all of the kids!
During their stay in Baltimore, the courage award recipients and their families spent time with children at the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Community Outreach as well as our Baltimore Ravens Courage House, St. Vincent’s Villa. There, the players were treated to breakfast, performances, and special hand made medallions by the children. The players and kids then had a blast as they talked, played, and signed autographs!
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.