"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;

what is essential is invisible to the eye."

The purpose of this award is to acknowledge the spirit of man and we are honored to celebrate those special people who strive to master life's callings by leading with the heart. 

Each year, through the Champion in Life Grant Award Program, we recognize a select number of outstanding non-profit organizations in our local community who are making it their life’s work to help those in need.  

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2018 champion in life grant award recipients

2018 corporate sponsors

In 2018 we were also very fortunate to have 8 Champion in Life Corporate Sponsors.  Their generosity and participation has made this year a special one for all involved!

  • Blades and Rosenfeld
  • DiBari Johnson
  • Frederick Ward Associates
  • Brooks Financial Group, Inc.
  • Mid-Atlantic Title
  • ABC Rental
  • Schmitz Press
  • Founders Financial, Inc. 
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2017 Champion in Life Grant Award Recipients

  • St. Ignatius Loyola Academy
  • Next One Up
  • Strong City Baltimore 29th Street Community Center
  • SAFE Alternative Foundation, Inc. 
  • Keep Punching
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA of Baltimore County)

2016 Champion in Life Grant Award Recipients

  • Boys & Girls Club of Harford County
  • Building Families for Children
  • Catholic Charities Head Start of Baltimore City
  • Center for Urban Families
  • CollegeBound Foundation
  • Cool Kids Campaign
  • NeighborRide
  • Our Daily Bread Employment Center
  • Penn-Mar Human Services
  • St. Vincent's Villa
  • The Samaritan Community, Inc.
  • VISEDAL Partnership

2014 Champion in Life Grant Award Recipients

In 2014 we were proud to begin the Champion in Life Grant Award Program.  Ten wonderful organizations were chosen for the incredible work they do in our community. They include:

  • Caring On
  • The Gateway School
  • Kugel Connection, Inc.
  • Maryland New Directions
  • Our Daily Bread Employment Center
  • Penn-Mar Human Services
  • Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative
  • St. Jerome's Head Start
  • St. Vincent's Villa
  • League of Dreams

Prior to 2014, The BFG Community Foundation recognized one particular individual or organization for their outstanding contributions.

2013 Champion in Life Award

Recipients: Bob and Michelle Gay

Gay Family Montage

The 2013 Champion in Life Award was presented to Bob and Michelle Gay.  Their daughter, Josephine Grace, known as Joey, was one of 20 individuals who lost their lives during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on December 14, 2012.  Joey’s 7th birthday party was planned for the next day.  <LEARN MORE>


2012 Champion in Life Award

Recipient: Tom Mathews

 Tom Mathews in 2011

Tom Mathews in 2011

Tom Mathews carried many names - friend, partner, trusted advisor.  An avid golfer, Tom touched many in the community and professionally.  Though his passing in 2012 was unexpected, the impact he left will carry on for lifetimes to come.  <LEARN MORE>


2011 Champion in Life Award

Recipient: Vince Biser

 

Vince Biser continues to inspire all who meet him. Towson resident Vincent Biser, 
recently won his 4th National Association of One-Armed Golfers championship.  In 2011, Vince became the first Champion in Life award recipient.   <LEARN MORE>
 

 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Vince Biser receives his award from Michael O. Brooks.

                                                             Vince Biser receives his award from Michael O. Brooks.