The Community Quarterback award, which is funded by NFL Charities and the Ravens All Community Team Foundation (RACTF), rewards outstanding volunteers who demonstrate leadership, dedication and a commitment to bettering Maryland communities.
Winners of the award will receive two tickets for the Ravens/Colts game on November 22, assorted Ravens gifts and a $2,000 grant for their non-profit organization. They will also be honored on the field in pre-game ceremonies.
The Ravens selected these three deserving people for the award:
“One Smart Cookie”
Matt Back -- The American Cancer Society
Matt Beck’s family was one of the many affected by cancer. What made Beck’s nomination standout was the reaction of The River Hill High School when they found out that Beck’s uncle and second cousin were diagnosed with cancer. Using his grandmother’s recipes for triple chocolate chip and mint cookies, Beck began his “cookies for cancer” project. After much dedication and creativity, Matt raised $36,000 dollars for cancer research and the effort to find the cure.
“Pajama Parties with a Purpose”
Debi Katzenberger -- Casey Cares Foundation
Something Debi Katzenberger noticed when she was in the hospital with her granddaughter Kamrya, who was suffering from Leukemia, was how uncomfortable Kamrya was in the hospital gowns. After Kamrya passed away, Debi set out to make the hospital experience more comfortable for younger patients by creating “Kami’s Jammies.” Debi has organized p.j. drives, created care packages and fostered the growth of this program for the Casey Cares Foundation. Over 1,500 children have been recipients of “Kami’s Jammies”
“A Green Thumb and a Heart of Gold”
Lewis Sharpe -- The Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition Inc.
Over the past 18 years, Lewis Sharpe has dedicated his time and gardening skills to the community. Places like the Duncan Street Miracle Garden were made possible because of Lewis. According to those who nominated Lewis for this award, “The Duncan Street Miracle Garden is an example of what is possible for a community to accomplish with dedicated people and a willingness to do better. Mr. Sharpe is to be commended for his dedication and hard work.”
Due to an overwhelming amount of nominations, the Ravens chose to honor five additional individuals for their work in Maryland communities:
Becki Hutchinson -- Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Troop 2422
Janice Jackson -- Women Embracing Abilities Now
Anne O’Brien -- The Tyanna Foundation
Frank Reinhart -- Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter
Gilbert Seibel -- Wheels for Prostate Cancer Research Inc.