The Cordish Companies’ Live! Casino & Hotel and the MWMCA Celebrate the 5th Annual Black History Heroes Awards

The Cordish Companies’ Live! Casino & Hotel and the MWMCA Celebrate the 5th Annual Black History Heroes Awards

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The Cordish Companies’ Live! Casino & Hotel and the MD. Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA) Celebrate the 5th Annual Black History Heroes Awards

In celebration of Black History Month, Maryland’s Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford served as keynote speaker during event honoring Maryland/DC business and community leaders for their contributions and accomplishments

In celebration of Black History Month, The Cordish Companies’ Live! Casino & Hotel and the Md. Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA) last night celebrated the 5th annual Black History Heroes Awards. The ceremony, held at Live! Center Stage, recognized 10 Maryland and DC business and community leaders who have contributed to their communities and citizens in a positive way.

Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, one of the evening’s honorees, also served as the keynote speaker. He discussed the legacies of historical influential African Americans with ties to Maryland, including Harriet Tubman, Thurgood Marshall and Frederick Douglass, whose contributions to society transcend race, nationality and religion. Rutherford also said while much progress has been made for equal rights and equality, it is important to remember this month that there is still much more that needs to be done.

In addition to the Lt. Governor, other honorees included:

  • Cynthia Brooks, Executive Director, Bea Gaddy Family Centers
  • Jefferi K. Lee, General Manager, WHUT
  • Sheila Brooks, Ph.D., Founder, President and CEO, SRB Communications, LLC
  • The Jonathan Ogden Foundation
  • Jonas Edward Brooks, Investigator, Fire Marshal’s Office in Annapolis
  • Pastor James E. Rollins, 15 City
  • Ramsey Harris, Vice President of Business Banking (CRA), PNC Bank, Greater Maryland Market Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Area
  • Jeanne Hitchcock, Special Advisor, Local Government, Community and Corporate Affairs, Johns Hopkins University
  • Bishop Doctor Abraham Shanklin, Jr., Founder and President, The Center of Transformation

“The Live! family, alongside MWMCA, is honored to host one of the most esteemed events in salute of our African-American community leaders across Baltimore and DC, for the fifth year in a row,” said Zed Smith, COO, The Cordish Companies. “In line with our core commitment to support the community, these honorees demonstrate exceptional leadership, inclusivity and positive impact to our region’s citizens.”

“We are honored to award this group of talented business and community professionals, and show our appreciation for their outstanding community work,” said Wayne Frazier, President, Md. Washington Minority Companies Association. “We enjoyed an inspiring evening with Live! and the honorees we consider community heroes.”

About Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

Coming soon – the new flagship luxury Live! Hotel, scheduled to open Spring 2018. Now open – the newly-renovated Live! Lofts boutique hotel. Live! Casino & Hotel is one of the largest commercial casinos in the country, located in the Washington DC/Baltimore corridor, just off I-95, Route 100 and the B/W Parkway at Arundel Mills. Open 24/7, Live! Casino features more than 200 live action table games, including a Poker Room; approximately 4,000 of the latest slot machines; and two High Limit rooms. The property offers world-class dining and entertainment, including the Zagat-rated #1 steakhouse The Prime Rib®; Bobby’s Burger Palace, from celebrated chef Bobby Flay; Morty’s Delicatessen, a traditional New York-style deli; The Cheesecake Factory®; Phillips® Seafood Express; Luk Fu, serving authentic Asian cuisine; 8 at Luk Fu, featuring sushi and sashimi; and En Vivo, with classic varieties of soft tacos and burritos. A sizzling nightlife, including nightly entertainment at Live! Center Stage and the unique, interactive R Bar, completes the Live! experience. Enjoy secure covered parking with valet service and a free self-park garage with Park Assist® and direct elevator access to the casino floor. Live! Hotel will feature 310 luxury guest rooms, along with a lively bar and entertainment scene, a day spa and salon, an event center, and meeting facilities. Live! Lofts boutique hotel is located just minutes from the casino. For reservations, call 443-445-2929. Live! Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by a company that is affiliated with The Cordish Companies. Call 855-5MD-LIVE (855-563-5483); or visit or Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For employment opportunities, visit

About The Cordish Companies

The Cordish Companies’ origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Commercial Real Estate; Coworking Spaces; Entertainment Districts; Gaming; Hotels; International Development; Private Equity; Residential; Restaurants; and Sports-Anchored Developments. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. Prime examples are The Cordish Companies’ prominent role in the redevelopment of Baltimore’s world famous Inner Harbor; Philadelphia, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Charleston, SC; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; Kansas City, MO and St. Louis, MO. In addition, The Cordish Companies has developed and operates multiple highly acclaimed entertainment destinations throughout the United States which welcome over 50 million visitors per year and are the most visited destinations in their respective regions. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family’s core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter.

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