Ravens Help Kick Off 10th Annual Honor Rows Program

The Baltimore Ravens and the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) announce the kickoff of the 10th annual Honor Rows Program, presented by M&T Bank. During each Ravens home game throughout the 2009 regular season, the program honors youth groups or youth organizations that provide outstanding volunteer service to communities.

Winning groups will receive up to 100 tickets to a game, Honor Rows t-shirts for all participants, a pre-game on-field visit, official in-game recognition on the SMARTVISION screens and be featured in public service announcements on Baltimore's WBFF Fox 45 and The CW Baltimore in the week following the game.

Honorees will be selected by a panel of youth service leaders with the assistance of the GOSV, Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank staff. Organizations must fill out an application and supply a 100-word essay describing why the group should be honored. Each nominee must demonstrate a strong youth volunteer service program to qualify for consideration.

"It's important to honor young people who step up and make a positive difference in the community," said Atwood (Woody) Collins III, president of M&T Bank's Mid-Atlantic division. "In the past six years, nearly 5,000 young people have been recognized by the Honor Rows Program for their outstanding community service. Honor Rows is what M&T Bank's partnership with the Ravens is all about - strengthening the community."

For further information or to receive an application, please visit a participating M&T Bank branch location or download applications online from www.baltimoreravens.com or www.gosv.state.md.us. Deadline to submit an application is Aug. 14, 2009.

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