The Orioles Receive Special Honor From The Arc Baltimore

The Baltimore Orioles are the recipients of The Arc Baltimore’s Special Appreciation Award for 2024.

Presented during The Arc Baltimore’s recent Annual Meeting and Awards Reception, the Special Appreciation Award is presented to individuals or groups who render truly outstanding assistance to The Arc Baltimore and the people with developmental disabilities whom The Arc supports.

“For the past two years, the Baltimore Orioles have been actively involved in The Arc Baltimore’s Adopt-a-Family program, demonstrating their commitment to spreading holiday cheer and supporting needy families,” explains Kathleen McNally Durkin, The Arc Baltimore’s Chief Executive Officer.

Over that period, the Orioles generously adopted 24 families, bringing joy to those facing challenges during the holiday season. The Orioles community came together each year to wrap gifts and then have them delivered by the Oriole Bird to The Arc’s main office.

The Orioles also invited a group from The Arc Baltimore to Opening Day for the current baseball season to assist with unfurling the American flag during opening ceremonies as the Morgan State choir sang the National Anthem.

The Arc Baltimore’s Annual Meeting and Awards Reception provides an opportunity for the organization to recognize those who have gone the extra mile in their service to The Arc and those people with developmental disabilities who are recipients of its programs and services. As in past years, the event featured numerous recognitions, as well as the election of The Arc Baltimore’s new board of directors and officers.

The Arc Baltimore supports people with developmental disabilities (autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability) to lead fulfilling lives with a sense of belonging, purpose, and meaningful relationships. The Arc provides employment training and support, day and residential services, family support and education, treatment foster care, respite care, public policy advocacy, and information and referrals. For more information, visit, email, or call 410-296-2272.