Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland joined the 36th Annual Governor’s Service Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism at the Maryland Hall in Annapolis Oct. 23, to celebrate the outstanding volunteer contributions of Maryland residents and organizations.
A total of 19 honorees received awards in categories including First Responders, Government Employee, Businesses, Nonprofit, Veteran, Lifetime Achievement, Emerging Leader, and the prestigious Governor’s Champion of Service. One name especially stood out to the Muslim community. Asma Inge-Hanif, Founder of Inge Benevolent Ministries in Baltimore was presented with the faith-based category award to recognize her work in 2018.
“Our state is so much stronger when our citizens reach out and help one another,” said Governor Hogan. “We are so proud of the incredible work that is being done by Maryland citizens, young and old, all across our state. On behalf of all the people of Maryland, I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of our volunteers, and I want to extend congratulations to all of the incredible honorees.”
The Governor’s Service Awards is an award ceremony presented by the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism each year in Maryland. The Governor’s Service Awards recognizes Marylanders for their significant volunteer contributions to the state and its citizens and their work to change Maryland for the better.
According to the Governor’s website, recipients of the Governor’s Service Awards must exemplify the following characteristics.
Demonstrate sustained volunteer commitment to meeting Maryland’s most pressing human and/or environmental community needs;
Engage in meaningful volunteer service that makes a measurable difference in the community;
Represent extraordinary acts of generosity and kindness; and
Through volunteerism, have an impact on the greater community.
“The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is built to solve issues and effect positive change across Maryland,” said Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives Steven McAdams. “It is with great pride that we honor Marylanders tonight who enact that change in innovative ways and uplift entire communities and underrepresented people. ”
A full list of award recipients is below by category:
Governor’s Champion of Service Award: James Piper Bond, President and CEO of the Living Classrooms Foundation (Baltimore)
AmeriCorps Alum: Robert Zellner, Director of Client Services of the Awakenings Recovery Center (Washington County)
Corporate Business: Morgan Properties (Baltimore); Thermo Fisher Scientific (Frederick County)
Faith-Based: Asma Inge-Hanif, Founder of Inge Benevolent Ministries (Baltimore); Mosaic Christian Church (Howard County)
First Responder: Sergeant Adam Davies, Flight Paramedic for the Maryland State Police (Anne Arundel County); Detective Caprice Bellamy of the Anne Arundel County Police Department (Anne Arundel County)