Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
I thoroughly enjoyed spending time this morning with an enthusiastic audience at our 8th Annual Baltimore County Content of Character Awards, held at Mt. Calvary AME Church in Towson. I felt truly honored and humbled to present the keynote speech commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., honoring the life and legacy of a man who changed this country forever. I had the opportunity to highlight four County residents who personify Dr. King’s principles by taking action in their communities every day to effect positive change.
These individuals know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left behind a blueprint for change through his words and by his actions. They fully understand what Dr. King was saying when he told us, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Western School of Technology senior, Radhika Patel, volunteers her time tutoring, taking environmental action, interning at the University of Maryland Medical Center and teaching religion.
Jacob Badin, a senior at Western School of Technology, has accrued over 1,100 volunteer hours since middle school. He is involved in student government, the Future Educators of America, his school’s open houses, the Owings Mills Recreation and Parks summer camp, and numerous charities.
Dr. Marlene Mahipat, a chiropractor with a thriving practice, founded two non-profit organizations - Helping Orphans Prosper Everywhere (HOPE), which serves disadvantaged families, children; and People Letting Every Animal Survive Euthanization (PLEASE), which helps low-income people who might otherwise surrender their pets.
Rashad Holloway, through his Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, feeds the homeless by serving at soup kitchens, fights homelessness and cancer by participating in walk-a-thons, conducts domestic violence workshops, and help high school seniors by earn scholarships.