Funds raised since 2010: $1.3 million
The Journey Home, Baltimore City’s plan in collaboration with United Way of Central Maryland to make homelessness rare and brief, seeks to introduce systematic changes in the city’s services, saving money in public costs and creating long-term solutions to homelessness. Through fundraising and partnerships with the local community, we are proud to make The Centerplate Way part of the Journey Home.
For a very special evening each year, guests and luminaries from around the country come together at the Baltimore Convention Center to raise money and awareness at the annual fundraiser hosted by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Centerplate is proud to donate the funds and services to make the gathering possible, and to underwrite entertainment to raise the event’s media profile.
At this year’s event, surprise guest and Grammy award-winner John Legend delivered a special performance for guests. The event was a progressive evening of dining and entertainment, with touching personal accounts and special guests from the community. Fundraising for this year totaled nearly $500,000.
In addition to bringing people together, proceeds from the benefit will provide funding for a number of Journey Home priorities including an employment program that operates out of three emergency shelters in Baltimore and a children’s coordinator program to support the academic and social needs of the nearly 1,000 homeless youth living in shelters.
"Centerplate's contribution will go a long way to support critical priorities under the Journey Home plan including employment training, placement services and educational support for youth experiencing homelessness."