U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Disability Advocates Honored By The League For People With Disabilities

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U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and leading Maryland advocates for people with disabilities will be honored by The League for People with Disabilities, a Baltimore, Maryland non-profit, during its annual advocacy and awards dinner, "Toast to The League," on Saturday, June 12, 2010.

The League for People with Disabilities, one of the region’s leading non-profits, will honor United States Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and other Maryland advocates during its annual awards and advocacy dinner, “Toast to The League”, Saturday, June 12, 2010. The event, which raises funds for programs for people with disabilities, will take place from 7 to 11 p.m., at The League, which is located at 1111 East Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore.

Senator Cardin will be saluted for his long-time support of pioneering healthcare initiatives, including the Access for All Americans Act, which increased community health centers providing primary care and services to more than 19 million Americans. He has also voted for increased funding for medical research for the National Institutes of Health, among other legislation.

Baltimore resident Janice Jackson will receive The League’s Advocate of the Year Award for her many commitments to the disability community. The founder and director of the non-profit, W.E.A.N. (Women Embracing Abilities Now), Jackson mentors women of all ages with disabilities. She also serves as a peer counselor at Kernan Rehabilitation Hospital and as a board member for The League and Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Developmental Disabilities Community Advisory Council.

Baltimore-based Atwater’s Bakery, which is known for its award-winning, locally sourced food, will be named Corporate Advocate in recognition of owner Ned Atwater’s commitment to hiring people with disabilities. Retired business owner Herb Kasoff will become The League’s 2010 Unsung Hero for his creation of a charity Tennis Tournament at Woodholme Country Club. Last year’s successful tournament generated record-setting donations, made new friends, and raised hopes for The League and its participants.

“The League is especially delighted to honor this year’s award recipients, including Senator Benjamin Cardin,” notes League President and Chief Executive Officer David Greenberg. “The honorees represent every sector of our community and their impact is felt on every level of society. We are fortunate to have these dedicated individuals working to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in Maryland and throughout the United States.”

The “Toast” event will benefit The League’s programs for more than 2,000 children and adults with disabilities in Maryland. Highlights of the event will include wine tastings, fine food, and live entertainment as well as a silent auction. Tickets to the event are $125 and must be purchased in advance. For more information or tickets, call 410-323-0500, ext. 311 or visit the League online at http://www.leagueforpeople.org.

Founded in 1927, The League for People with Disabilities offers individuals the opportunity to gain independence, increase self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life through a variety of services and programs including: day habilitation and medical adult day care programs, vocational training and employment, camping and therapeutic recreation, autism services, and fitness and wellness programs.

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