Comptroller Franchot Awarded Honor for Financial Reporting

- CAFR Awarded Highest Honor for More Than 30 Consecutive Years -

Annapolis, MD (September 19, 2012)

A North-American government finance organization recently awarded Comptroller Peter Franchot with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) honored Comptroller Franchot for Maryland’s fiscal year 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Received for the last 33 years, the award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

“I believe we must make the actions of government transparent to the people, or we can’t claim we’re operating with the consent of the governed. A strict adherence to transparency is something I believe in strongly. In that spirit of openness, I’m proud that my agency’s efforts to educate and inform the public on the state’s finances are being recognized. However, we can do more, which is why I’m asking Governor O’Malley, Maryland’s legislative leadership, private sector stakeholders, and other parties to meet in the near future to discuss reasonable and realistic proposals for rolling out statewide transparency, including campaign financing,” said Comptroller Franchot.

Currently, the state of Colorado leads the nation in campaign finance disclosure having implemented an immediate online financial disclosure requirement for state elected officials. While there are a number of other states considering the idea, Comptroller Franchot believes Maryland has a duty, based on its progressive values, to take a leadership role in more accurate campaign finance disclosure, not just for the annual CAFR.

The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users to read the publication. For more information on the award program, visit the GFOA website at www.gfoa.org. For more information on the award program, visit the GFOA website at www.gfoa.org. For more information on the state’s financial picture, view the state’s fiscal year 2011 CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kim Frum, 410-260-7210 (office); 443-949-1583 (cell)

Franchot Calls for Transparency, Establishment of Real-Time Campaign Finance Disclosure System

- Chief Fiscal Officer Wants Maryland to be Second State in Nation -

Annapolis, MD (September 18, 2012)

Today, Comptroller Peter Franchot called upon his fellow state leaders to take the necessary steps to establish a real-time campaign finance disclosure system in the State of Maryland, one that would make the state a national leader in open, transparent government.

In a speech delivered at Goucher College’s Constitution Day ceremony in Towson, the Comptroller noted that the limitations of Maryland’s existing campaign finance system were exposed during last month’s special session of the General Assembly. At the conclusion of a four-day session, in which organized gambling interests poured more than $3.6 million into advocacy efforts, the legislature authorized the construction of a sixth casino and enacted significant tax breaks for casino owners.

“We cannot uphold the best progressive traditions of our state, and we certainly cannot do proper justice to the timeless and noble principles that are expressed in our Constitution, until we make a meaningful commitment to transparent government,” said Franchot. “And we cannot do that until we give the people of Maryland the chance to know – on a daily basis — where and how campaign money is flowing in our political system.”

Comptroller Franchot, who had urged Governor O’Malley and the legislature to voluntarily disclose their own contributions from the national gambling industry prior to the special session, noted that the events that occurred last month in Annapolis merely underscore the need to provide citizens with real-time information about their state government and the role that campaign contributions play in Maryland’s political process.

“I still believe that if citizens had this information at their disposal during the special session, we could have had a more enlightened public debate and perhaps a different outcome,” continued Franchot.

“Now more than ever, we need the tools that are necessary to uphold the best values of our state, and we need to step up and make Maryland a leader among states in this effort,” he said.

While the state of Colorado has implemented an immediate online financial disclosure requirement for state elected official and other states are considering the idea, Comptroller Franchot believes Maryland has an opportunity to demonstrate national leadership in this effort. The Comptroller pointed out that real-time information is now a routine part of our daily lives, and the technology that would make this possible is already prevalent in the private sector.

“This notion that Maryland only has the capacity to accommodate annual or semi-annual reports is antiquated, and citizens should reject that excuse,” the Comptroller said. “We see this technology displayed on a daily basis; for example, when we see deposits and withdrawals immediately applied to the balance of our checking accounts, and when debit card transactions at the gas station and supermarket are reflected online within minutes. This has nothing to do with technological capability, and everything to do with political will.

He continued, “Marylanders should not have to wait months before knowing who contributed to the campaigns of their elected representatives. We can do better.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Caron Brace, (410) 212-9414 (cell)

New Maryland Revenue Estimates Released

- Comptroller Urges Caution as Economy Remains Fragile -

Annapolis, MD (September 17, 2012)

The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates (BRE) today released the updated revenue estimates for fiscal year 2013 and the first official estimates for fiscal year 2014. The board submitted a revised estimate of general fund revenues for fiscal year 2013 of $14.908 billion and an estimate of $15.317 billion for fiscal year 2014. The fiscal year 2013 estimate represents an increase of $180 million over the March estimate, upon which the fiscal year 2013 budget was based.

Comptroller Peter Franchot, chairman of the BRE, issued the following statement regarding the latest estimates:

“While I am pleased that we are writing up the fiscal year 2013 estimates by $180 million, it is very important to put these numbers in their proper context. This change is due primarily to the increase in income tax collections from the latest round of tax increases. These general fund revenue estimates call for growth of only 4.6% for fiscal year 2013—including the impact of the most recent round of tax increases–and only 2.7% for fiscal year 2014. Adjusted for these tax increases, revenues are projected to grow only 3.1%.

These estimates represent a snapshot of a Maryland economy that remains fundamentally fragile, and a national recovery that is anemic at best.

I recognize that we’re in an overheated election-year environment right now, where economic data is routinely misused for political purposes, but the facts are what they are. I sincerely believe that we will not be able to address our economic challenges in a sensible and non-partisan manner if we can’t even be honest about the problem. I am not suggesting that we are about to head into another recession but I do believe there are red flags out there and we need to be cautious when planning future spending.

The latest round of tax increases has helped the income tax collections tick up, but baseline growth remains exceedingly low. Furthermore, our sales tax collections show historically low growth for this point of the economic cycle. This is not a surprise to those of us who spend our days breaking down state and national economic data. Maryland’s unemployment rate of seven percent remains historically high by our standards and our rate of private sector job growth remains firmly mired in the bottom tier among states. Furthermore, it is also vital that we keep in mind Maryland families are working harder than ever yet are taking home less money. Maryland now ranks 47th in average weekly earnings growth and 43rd in average hourly earnings growth, and we actually experienced declines in both categories this year.

Finally, while the national election has taken the spotlight off the issue, still unresolved is whether a budget compromise will be reached or whether automatic cuts in federal spending will take place early next year.

Maryland is uniquely positioned to suffer from the success or failure of the budget negotiations, whatever the case may be, due to our proximity to Washington and our extraordinary economic dependence on the federal government. Maryland ranks third out of 50 states and the District in percent of employees that either work directly for the government or for professional and business services that contract with the government.

Drastic cutbacks by the federal government will send a shockwave through our economy.

All of this, combined with the fact that families are paying more, out of pocket, for everything from gasoline and groceries to health care, presents compelling evidence that far too many Maryland consumers and small businesses are struggling just to make it, and that there are still considerable downside risks in our immediate economic future.

Accordingly, I believe it would be exceedingly premature, if not reckless, for our state leaders to make revenue and spending decisions with the assumption that we’re on the road to full economic recovery.

It is in that spirit that I will continue to urge the governor and the General Assembly to exercise appropriate restraint when it comes to new spending. And I will encourage agencies throughout state government to tighten their belts even further and deliver better taxpayer services at a lower cost.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Christine Feldmann, 410-260-6346 (office); 443-336-0215 (cell)

Marylanders Tested their Luck at the Unclaimed Property Booth, Two Walked Away Big Winners

- Maryland State Fair Attendees Discover Nearly $85 Thousand -

Annapolis, MD (September 12, 2012)

Long touted as “The 11 Best Days of Summer” the Maryland State Fair didn’t disappoint two fairgoers this year. At the Comptroller’s Unclaimed Property booth, there are no sideshow barkers drawing you in with calls. But that didn’t deter 2,012 people from trying their luck, and for two people there was a big payoff; one found just over $71 thousand and the other discovered $13 thousand.

“It’s thrilling to be able to give lost and forgotten money or property back to Marylanders, and my staff in the unclaimed property division work long and hard to make it possible,” says Comptroller Franchot. “Sometimes it’s not a lot of money, but every little bit helps, especially in these continuing tough economic times. What I especially enjoy is the little lift and excitement added to the day when people find out they have unexpected money waiting for them.”

In addition to the Maryland State Fair, the Comptroller’s Office staff most recently visited fairs in Allegany, Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties reuniting fairgoers with over $340,000 in unclaimed property and funds.
Staff from the Comptroller’s unclaimed property unit will travel to the following fairs and events within the next couple of months:

• Anne Arundel County Fair, September 12 – 16
• Frederick County-Great Frederick Fair, September 14 – 22
• Senior Expo/ Baby Boomer Expo, October 10 – 11
• 50+ Expo, October 19

Financial institutions, utilities, insurance companies and other corporations are required to report to the Comptroller any bank accounts, security deposits, wages, stocks, insurance benefits and contents of safe deposit boxes that haven’t had any activity or have been unclaimed after three years.

The Comptroller also searches for unclaimed property owners through outreach via ads in local newspapers and matching names with state income tax information, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles.
Think you may have unclaimed property? Comptroller Franchot invites everyone to log onto his Web site, www.marylandtaxes.com, to search the agency’s extensive records of unclaimed funds. Additionally, people can call the office at 410-767-1700 in Central Maryland or toll-free at 1-800-782-7383 from elsewhere.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kim Frum, (410) 260-7210 (office), (443) 949-1583 (cell)

Franchot Releases FY 12 Closeout Numbers

- Citing Continued Economic Weakness and Uncertain Outlook, Advises that Fund Balance be Saved and Not Spent -

Annapolis, MD (August 30, 2012)

Reiterating his call for fiscal restraint and caution in the midst of a fragile Maryland economy, Comptroller Peter Franchot today released the final closeout numbers for Fiscal Year 2012. General Fund revenues totaled $14.3 billion in the fiscal year, 1.6 percent or $229.7 million above the official state forecast. However, the revenue data reflected ongoing weakness in the state’s job market, including the fact that wage growth in Maryland is barely keeping pace with the rate of inflation. After adjusting for changes in state tax rates and revenue distributions, sales tax receipts grew by only 2.7 percent, and withholding receipts grew by just 3.6 percent.

Given the state’s questionable near-term economic outlook, and the continued presence of a structural budget deficit and other unfunded obligations, the Comptroller urged the Governor and Maryland General Assembly to commit the fund balance to the state’s Revenue Stabilization Account (Rainy Day Fund).

“I am satisfied and relieved that the state of Maryland exceeded our modest revenue projections. However, these revenue figures serve as a snapshot of an economy that remains exceedingly fragile, and they remind us that we must proceed on a prudent financial course in the months ahead. Given the challenges business and families face in the midst of a state economy that appears to have lost momentum in recent months, I believe this money should remain in the state’s coffers to help cushion Maryland from another economic downturn, and not be put back into the state’s spending pattern,” Comptroller Franchot said.

“To assure Maryland’s taxpayers that their government understands the uncertain fiscal and economic climate we still face, I firmly believe that this fund balance must be saved and not spent,” he added.

Comptroller Franchot noted that in the early months of the state’s new fiscal year, Maryland’s unemployment rate has crept back up to 7 percent and that the state has remained among the nation’s worst for job creation in 2012. He also noted that Maryland’s rate of private sector job growth lags considerably behind neighboring states. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland ranks second and 17th, respectively, in year-over-year and year-to-date federal government job creation. However, the state ranks 31st and 42nd, respectively, in year-over-year and year-to-date private sector job growth.
“Perhaps more disconcerting is the fact that Maryland ranks 47th in average weekly earnings growth and 43rd in average hourly earnings growth, and has actually experienced declines in both categories this year,” Comptroller Franchot said. “As a state that is exceedingly dependent on federal spending for economic stability, we must be deeply concerned over the growing likelihood of significant federal cutbacks and the effect on Maryland’s economy, as well as the fact that Marylanders who work in the private sector are bringing home smaller paychecks and continue to struggle to make ends meet.

“Given the challenges that lie ahead, we must recommit to spending the tax dollars we collect in the most effective and efficient ways possible. We need to do all we can to ensure we get the best results with our strategic investments. Most importantly, at a time when families and businesses are still tightening their belts, cutting expenses and finding ways to do more with less, our state government must demonstrate that same commitment as we move forward.

“The state of Maryland has long being recognized as state with extraordinary economic assets with a team of leaders who are known for working together with shared resolve through tough times. I am optimistic that we will, once again, rise to the occasion, make the right choices and do what is necessary to ensure Maryland’s long-term economic prosperity.”

Note: Closeout Report and Letter attached

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Shapiro, 410-260-7305 (office) 443-871-2244 (cell)

Comptroller Franchot Sends More Than $80K Home with Montgomery County Fair Attendees

- One Marylander Reunited with $12,000, Another with Five Thousand -

Annapolis, MD (August 22, 2012)

In addition to all of the fun attractions and great food, some lucky fairgoers received a windfall as staff for Comptroller Peter Franchot’s unclaimed property unit reunited individuals and families with lost money at this year’s Montgomery County Fair. Reinforcing his commitment to help Marylanders find their unclaimed property, Comptroller Franchot proudly announced today that nearly 130 people found more than $80,000 in unclaimed funds during the nine-day event.

“Ensuring Marylanders get the unclaimed funds they are owed is one of my favorite duties as Comptroller,” said Comptroller Franchot. “Currently, many families are facing difficult financial decisions and we are all living in uncertain times. So, I am delighted when I have the opportunity to tell an individual that my agency is holding unclaimed funds in his or her name.”

This year, a total of 740 people attending the Montgomery County Fair stopped by the Comptroller’s booth and searched for unclaimed property, with 132 discovering they had money in their name. The largest claim was $12,180. In total, fairgoers were reunited with $83,887 in unclaimed funds.

Financial institutions, utilities, insurance companies and other corporations are required to report to the Comptroller any bank accounts, security deposits, wages, insurance benefits and contents of safe deposit boxes that have been unclaimed after three years.

In addition to his booth at fairs and festivals, the Comptroller’s Office searches for owners of unclaimed funds by advertising in local newspapers and matching files with state income tax information, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles.

“Everyday, we work vigorously to locate the owners of the unclaimed property and to make sure they get what they are owed,” continued Comptroller Franchot. “The opportunity to connect with people at the fairs throughout the state is just one of our methods of outreach.”

Staff from the Comptroller’s unclaimed property unit will travel to the following fairs and events within the next couple of months:

• Maryland State Fair, August 24 – September 3
• Prince George’s County Fair, September 6 – 9
• Anne Arundel County Fair, September 12 – 16
• Frederick County-Great Frederick Fair, September 14 – 22
• Senior Expo/ Baby Boomer Expo, October 10 – 11
• 50+ Expo, October 19

The Comptroller encourages everyone to log onto his Website, www.marylandtaxes.com, to search his entire database of unclaimed funds. The agency has more than 970,000 accounts, worth more than $985 million. Additionally, people can call the office at 410-767-1700 in Central Maryland or toll-free at 1-800-782-7383 from elsewhere.

MEDIA CONTACT: Caron Brace (410) 260-7438 (office), (410) 212-9414 (cell)

Comptroller Video Encourages Marylanders to Shop Maryland Tax-Free or Face the Consequences

- Direct TV Ad Parody Features Comptroller, Delegate Craig Zucker and Anne Arundel County Sheriff Ron Bateman -

Annapolis, MD (August 6, 2012)

Comptroller Peter Franchot revealed his latest video promoting the state’s annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week. The video is a parody of the popular ads currently run by Direct TV. These commercials start with a simple problem and quickly deteriorate into wild consequences as a result of bad decision making. The Comptroller’s video shows the humorous penalties consumers face if they don’t take advantage of this year’s tax-free week, Sunday, August 12 through Saturday, August 18.

The video can be seen on the Comptroller’s You Tube channel or Vimeo.

“I don’t always have the opportunity to show the lighter side of my agency, but when I do I embrace the chance, and, I’d personally like to thank Anne Arundel County Sheriff Ron Bateman and Montgomery County Delegate Craig Zucker for their cameos,” said Comptroller Franchot. “Videos like this one humorously encourage consumers to participate in Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week. Shoppers can save the 6 percent sales tax on all shoes and apparel priced up to $100 per item and that is no laughing matter. Retailers benefit from the program thanks to more foot traffic and the potential increase in sales.”

During the tax-free week accessories such as ties, jewelry and handkerchiefs and protective items such as sports pads don’t qualify for the sales tax.

The tax-free week is the result of legislation passed in the 2007 special session of the Maryland General Assembly. This week will occur the second Sunday of August to the following Saturday each year, until the legislature decides to revisit the issue.

“Many families use this week as an opportunity to buy their back to school clothing, shoes and school uniforms. But the beauty of this week is you can use it to buy clothing for the whole family, not just the kids. Buy some new clothes for work or play and save money in the process,” says the Comptroller.

A list of exempt and taxable items is available on the Comptroller’s Website at www.marylandtaxes.com. Consumers and businesses can also e-mail the agency at shopmaryland@comp.state.md.us, or call the Taxpayer Service Section at 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or toll-free 1-800-MD TAXES from elsewhere.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kim Frum, 410-260-7210 (office), 443-949-1583 (cell)

Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week Returns Just in Time for Back to School Shopping

- August 12 – 18, Stores Waive the Six Percent Sales Tax on Qualifying Items -

Annapolis, MD (August 6, 2012)

Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week is back just in time for back to school purchases. Beginning 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, August 12 through Midnight on Saturday, August 18 Marylanders making qualifying purchases will not have to pay the six percent state sales tax. Resulting from legislation passed in the 2007 special session of the Maryland General Assembly, this tax-free week will occur the second Sunday of August to the following Saturday each year, until the legislature decides to revisit the issue.

“Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week is always hugely successful throughout the state,” said Comptroller Franchot. “Marylanders who buy qualifying products during the tax-free week will save money on items such as apparel and shoes, costing $100 or less, because they won’t have to pay the additional six percent sales tax. Retailers also benefit thanks to an increase in sales.”

During Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, apparel and shoes priced at $100 or less will be eligible for the tax-free savings. Accessories such as ties, jewelry and handkerchiefs and protective items such as sports pads don’t qualify for the sales tax.

“The Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week is a big hit with back to school shoppers, but you don’t have to buy back to school items to participate,” says the Comptroller.

A list of exempt and taxable items is available on the Comptroller’s Website at www.marylandtaxes.com, e-mail the agency at shopmaryland@comp.state.md.us, or by calling the Taxpayer Service Section at 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or toll-free 1-800-MD TAXES from elsewhere.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kim Frum, 410-260-7210 (office), 443-949-1583 (cell)

Comptroller Franchot Releases FY 12 Figures for Alcohol, Cigarette and Fuel Violations

- Strong Partnerships Reflect Increase in Alcohol Violations Issued, Contraband Seized -

Annapolis, MD (July 25, 2012)

Following a fiscal year which reflected the aggressive enforcement of Maryland’s tax laws, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced the final figures for alcohol, cigarette and motor fuel violations for fiscal year 2012. Making the announcement surrounded by contraband products, Franchot praised the work of his agents and other law enforcement agencies in working together to protect law-abiding businesses from underground operations and tax cheats.

“I am very proud of the diligent efforts of my field enforcement agents and inspectors to stop criminals and their contraband,” said Comptroller Franchot. “The blatant disregard of Maryland tax laws, which protect law-abiding businesses and consumers, will not be ignored. My agents will continue to work closely with our partners in law enforcement to enforce Maryland’s alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel laws.

For the fiscal year 2012, which ended nearly a month ago, Comptroller agents arrested and charged 196 individuals for tobacco violations, resulting in the confiscation of 325,851 packs of cigarettes valued at nearly $2 million. Both numbers represent a significant increase from fiscal years 2010 and 2011, which ended with 72,105 and 184,498 packs seized respectively. Along with increases in seized tobacco products, FY 2012 saw an increase in the amount of confiscated alcohol. This past year, agents confiscated 426 gallons of distilled liquor, 785 gallons of wine and 7,737 containers of beer as a result of 73 alcohol violations. The total retail value of the seized alcohol was more than $92,000 compared to a little over $50,000 last year.

“The increase in tobacco and alcohol violations is reflective of the strong partnerships my agents have formed with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Through building these relationships, my field enforcement personnel have trained other agencies on how to identify a tax law violation which has broadened our reach,” said Comptroller Franchot.

Earlier this year, Comptroller Franchot urged the Maryland Senate to pass legislation which would have increased the penalties for tobacco violations associated with the smuggling of cigarettes and other tobacco products into Maryland. While the House of Delegates passed the bill by a 115 to 12 vote margin, the Senate did not follow suit. Currently, the crime of Transportation of Contraband (Unstamped) Cigarettes in the state of Maryland is a felony, which carries a $50 per carton fine and/or two years imprisonment; and the crime of Possession of Contraband Cigarettes is a misdemeanor, carrying a $1,000 fine and/or imprisonment, not exceeding one year. The new legislation would have imposed a mandatory $150 per carton fine for the first offense and a mandatory $300 fine for subsequent offenses, as well as up to two (2) years in prison for both crimes.

“Increasing the penalties for this criminal activity is a major step we can take to reduce smuggling in Maryland” said Comptroller Franchot. “I urge the Maryland General Assembly to pass legislation making smuggling less lucrative and I will continue to advocate for stiffer penalties.”

In addition to alcohol and tobacco violations, the Comptroller’s Field Enforcement Division issued 91 motor fuel violations, a significant decrease from the previous fiscal year’s 238 violations. Also, nearly $640,000 in delinquent sales and use tax was collected by the office, all of which goes to the state’s general fund.

Contraband alcohol and tobacco products are retained by the Comptroller’s Office as evidence against a defendant until the pending case is adjudicated. The Comptroller’s Office is required by state law to destroy or sell the product, with the exception of beer which must be destroyed due to its short shelf life. Only licensed Maryland retailers or wholesalers can bid on seized alcohol or tobacco lots sold. All money collected from these sales is deposited in the general fund.

MEDIA CONTACT: Caron Brace, 410-260-7438 (office) 410-212-9414 (cell)

Comptroller Franchot Wraps Up Statewide WDS Awards Presentation in Caroline County

- 24 Awards Given to Deserving Organizations and Individuals Throughout Maryland -

Annapolis, MD (July 24, 2012)

Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the last of the inaugural William Donald Schaefer Helping People Awards today in Caroline County. The first award was presented to Food Resources, Inc. of Hagerstown, Md., on April 11, 2012. The final recipient is Tom Haney a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Caroline County.

The Comptroller created the new award announced this year to recognize individuals and organizations in each county and Baltimore City best exemplifying Schaefer’s lifelong commitment to helping people.

Winners were selected based on their demonstration of improving the community, swiftly solving a citizen problem through effective government intervention, directly aiding the most vulnerable in society or creating a public/private partnership to improve the lives of Marylanders.

“2012 marks one year since the death of William Donald Schaefer and I find myself thinking about the great things he did not just as Governor, Mayor and Comptroller, but as a person,” said the Comptroller, “I wanted to find a way to remember his spirit and his legacy of helping others so I created this award to not only honor Schaefer, but the organizations and people who help their community in innumerable ways every day.”

The recipients of the inaugural Schaefer award include homeless shelters, food banks and individual citizens. Each winner makes a difference in the community through hard work and determination which is apparent by witnessing the outpouring of support at the award events not only by volunteers, but from community members and those who have directly benefited from the work of the winners.

Nominations were reviewed by a special panel of friends and colleagues of Schaefer’s including Lainy Lebow-Sachs, Mark Wasserman, Robert Douglas, Zelig Robinson and Michael Golden.

WINNERS OF THE INAUGURAL WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER
HELPING PEOPLE AWARD

Ms. Adrienne Ottaviani – Allegany County Ms. Deborah Gavin Merlock, Greater Excellence in Education Foundation – Harford County
HOPE (for all) – Anne Arundel County Councilman Dr. Calvin Ball – Howard County
Moveable Feast – Baltimore City Ms. Leslie Prince Raimond, Kent County Arts Council –
Kent County
Little Sisters of the Poor – St Martin’s Home – Baltimore County Jewish Foundation for Group Homes – Montgomery County
Reverend Robert Hahn, End Hunger in Calvert County – Calvert County Katie Able Foundation – Prince George’s County
Mr. Tom Haney – Caroline County Sheriff Gary Hofmann – Queen Anne’s County
Carroll County Food Sunday – Carroll County Health Share of St Mary’s – St Mary’s County
Emergency Rotating Shelter at Mary Randall Center – Cecil County Crisfield Chamber of Commerce – Somerset County
LifeStyles, Inc. – Charles County Mr. Tom Hill – Talbot County
Councilman Richard C. (Ricky) Travers -
Dorchester County
Food Resources Inc. – Washington County
Marvin and Lisa Ausherman, Ausherman Family Foundation – Frederick County Dr. Spicer Bell, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore – Wicomico County
Former Oakland Mayor, Asa McCain – Garrett County Diakonia – Worcester County

MEDIA CONTACT: Kim Frum, (410) 260-7210 (office), (443) 949-1583 (cell)