The Ravens announce the 11th annual Honor Rows program

The Baltimore Ravens and the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) announced the 11th annual Honor Rows Program, presented by M&T Bank.

For the first time, the program will not only salute youth groups who provide outstanding volunteer service in the community, but it will also extend its reach to military installations and first-responders, including police and firefighters.

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Honorees will be selected by a panel of service leaders with the assistance of the GOSV, Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank staff. Organizations must fill out an application and supply a 100-word essay describing why the group should be honored.

These groups must demonstrate a strong commitment to servicing the needs of the local community to qualify for consideration. A winning group will be honored at each home game of the 2010 season.

Also, the winning groups will receive up to 100 tickets to a game, Honor Row t-shirts, a pre-game on-field visit, official in-game recognition on the RavensVision screens and be featured in public service announcements on Baltimore's WBFF Fox 45 and The CW Baltimore the week following the game.

"It's important to honor and thank those who step up and make a positive difference in the community," said Atwood (Woody) Collins III, president of M&T Bank's Mid-Atlantic division. "In the past seven years, more than 5,000 people have been recognized by the Honor Rows Program for their outstanding community service. Honor Rows really epitomizes what M&T Bank's partnership with the Ravens is all about - strengthening the community."

The deadline to submit an application is Aug. 20, 2010.