Thanksgiving Tribute also celebrated the nonprofit’s return to Govans
Friends and supporters of GEDCO (Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation) gathered on Thursday night, November 10, 2022 in celebration and tribute. More than 200 guests at the Accelerator Space in Govans recognized the organization’s accomplishments and its upcoming move back to the neighborhood where it was founded 31 years ago.
The 2022 Thanksgiving Tribute and Homecoming Celebration also honored individuals and organizations who have had an impact on GEDCO’s work providing safe and affordable housing with supportive services and emergency financial services to more than 5,500 underserved Baltimore City community members each year.
The lead sponsors of the event were Fulton Bank, PNC Bank and M&T Bank. More than 30 event and program sponsors contributed more than $85,000 to support GEDCO’s programs and services.
Honored during the Tribute were:
Jack Sharp Award: Andrea Garris Jackson
Andrea served on the GEDCO Board and as President of the Stadium Place Board, and was Chairperson of the Community Advisory board for the Baltimore City Y.
Vision Award: Rachael Neill
Rachael’s 16 years as Community Services Director at GEDCO included the development of programs and community partnerships that have supported the CARES food pantry, job assistance, and emergency financial assistance to Baltimore residents.
Compassion Award: Servants 4 Seniors
These active volunteers provide assistance at Stadium Place and always bring a smile to GEDCO’s older adult residents.
Leadership Award: Fulton Bank
Fulton Bank has committed real estate financing for thousands of housing units in Maryland, to support small businesses, and through ongoing financial support of GEDCO.
Spirit Award: Johns Hopkins University Nursing Students
Through the Visiting Nurses Program, students lend their expertise and time to support and care for GEDCO’s older adult and homeless services residents.
The annual event also included a celebration of GEDCO’s return to Govans, where GEDCO will move its office and CARES program, including the food pantry, to a renovated building on Woodbourne Avenue by the end of the year.