TOWSON, Md. – Abilities Network recently held its 50th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Event, which honored 35 individuals, businesses and organizations that have created significant partnerships with the non-profit.
Towson resident, Chris McBride received The Lawrence M. Garten Luminous Award for Leadership Excellence. Named in memory of a former Abilities Network board president, this award is presented to an individual who has created significant collaborations and partnerships in support of Abilities Network, and/or gone above and beyond in support of Abilities Network.
Chris McBride has been a volunteer leader on Abilities Network’s board since 2007. After participating on the planning committee for the first “Walk for Epilepsy” event, now called “Walkabout Abilities,” the Towson resident has continued on the committee played a part in growing the event from 100 participants to over 300.
In 2007, she arranged for Abilities Network to be the recipient from funds raised at The Gilman Lower School Read-a-Thon. Students were able to experience the organization’s epilepsy Kids on the Block puppet show program and then raise money to support Abilities Network through reading. This event created awareness in the community about Abilities Network and epilepsy, as well as raise funds to support its programs.
Recently, McBride has stepped up as a leader and member of the 50th Anniversary Steering Committee. With her husband, Paul, she made a leadership gift to Abilities Network on behalf of its 50th Anniversary.
As noted in the award presentation, “Chris McBride has been instrumental in encouraging other board members to give generously within The Abilities Society as well. Her commitment and understanding of the importance of philanthropy as a volunteer leader is something we truly value.”
In addition to the awards ceremony, this celebration highlighted the work of Abilities Network, which was initially incorporated in 1964 as the Epilepsy Association of Maryland and has since expanded to provide services to individuals with varying types of disabilities. Today, it serves over 10,000 individuals statewide.
About Abilities Network
Headquartered in Towson, Abilities Network is a non-profit organization that provides individualized services to people in Maryland with disabilities. Its mission is to challenge the community to acknowledge the value and equality of people of all abilities. Services include Autism Services, Community and Employment Partners, Epilepsy Services, Healthy Families of Baltimore County, Project ACT (All Children Together) and Senior Services. Abilities Network has been providing quality services since 1964. For more information, visit www.abilitiesnetwork.org.