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The Cordish Companies, Live! Casino & Hotel and the MD. Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA) Celebrate 8th Annual Black History Heroes Awards

In honor of Black History Month, The Cordish Companies, Live! Casino & Hotel and the Md. Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA) is hosting the 8th Annual Black History Heroes Awards with a month-long virtual event. The celebration recognizes 11 Maryland and DC business and civic leaders who have made significant positive contributions to their communities.

The honorees include:
  • Amal Awad, Chief of Police, Anne Arundel County Police
  • Calvin Ball, County Executive, Howard County
  • Darryl Barnes, President of Legislative Black Caucus, Maryland House of Delegates District 25, Prince George’s County
  • Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center, Dorchester County
  • Edward Evans, Chairman of Diversity Inclusion, Live! Casino & Hotel
  • Frank Kelly, Manager of Diverse Business Empowerment, Baltimore Gas & Electric
  • Detra Miller, AVP, Business Banking M&T Bank, Baltimore County
  • George Mitchell, Founder, Langston Hughes Community, Business and Resource Center, Baltimore County
  • Michael Rogers, Maryland House of Delegates District 32, Anne Arundel County
  • Paula Tilghman, President, Absolute Supply & Services, LLC, Prince George’s County
  • Alicia Wilson, Vice President of Economic Development, John Hopkins University and John Hopkins Health System

"We are honored to host the eighth installment of this annual event with a month-long virtual celebration to honor African-American community leaders across Baltimore and DC," said Zed Smith, COO, The Cordish Companies. "It is our core priority to support the community and salute those that demonstrate exceptional leadership, inclusivity and positive impact to our region."

“While our commitments to safety and responsibility mean we cannot gather in person to celebrate these incredible leaders, nothing will stop us from recognizing the meaningful impact they have every single day on our communities in Maryland and DC,” said Anthony Faranca, General Manager, Live! Casino & Hotel. “Without these individuals, who have earned the highest respect of their industries and neighbors, we would not be where we are today in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.”

“We want to thank Live! for continuing to serve as a dedicated partner in recognizing the important work of these honorees,” said Wayne Frazier, President, Md. Washington Minority Companies Association. “These 10 talented business and community leaders are changing the lives of people, families and businesses from Main Street in Annapolis to Good Hope Road in Anacostia. They deserve our appreciation for their leadership in community work.”

The virtual event will take place through a series of online leader spotlights in February. To participate in the virtual festivities, be sure to follow Live! Casino & Hotel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Live! Casino & Hotel

The AAA Four Diamond rated 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 24/7/365, the property features more than 200 live action table games, including a Poker Room; approximately 4,000 slot machines; two High Limit rooms; and the Orchid Gaming & Smoking Patio. Guests can enjoy award-winning accommodations, including 310 luxury guest rooms; the Live! Spa; world-class dining, featuring the Zagat-rated #1 steakhouse The Prime Rib®; David’s, featuring global cuisine; Bobby’s Burger Palace, from celebrated chef Bobby Flay; The Cheesecake Factory®; Luk Fu and 8 at Luk Fu, serving authentic sushi and Asian cuisine; Morty’s Deli; Latin cuisine at En Vivo; the Orchid Kitchen; and Luckies, offering Starbucks coffee, pastries, and Italian gelato; and a sizzling nightlife, including nightly entertainment at Live! Center Stage; the R Bar; and The Lobby Bar at David’s. The Hall at Live!, a 4,800-seat, three-story multi-use concert and event venue, featuring 40,000-square-feet of customizable meeting space and up to 1,600 banquet seating, with a performance lineup of headline entertainment, 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. For reservations, call 443-445-2929, or book online at 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; Entertainment Districts; Sports-Anchored Developments; Gaming; Hotels; Residential Properties; Restaurants; International Development; Coworking Spaces; and Private Equity. 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. The Cordish Companies has developed and operates highly acclaimed dining, entertainment and hospitality destinations throughout the United States, many falling under The Cordish Companies’ Live! Brand, highly regarded as one of the premier entertainment brands in the country. In gaming, The Cordish Companies has developed among the most successful casino hotel resorts in the world including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland. Welcoming over 55 million visitors per year, these developments are among the highest profile dining, entertainment, gaming, hotel and sports-anchored destinations in the country. 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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