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The Cordish Companies, Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland, and the MD. Washington Minority Companies Association celebrate the 9th Annual Black History Month Celebration

A Salute To All Past Black History Heroes from 2014-2021 at The HALL at Live!, Honoring Maryland/DC Business and Community Leaders for their Contributions and Accomplishments

HANOVER, MD (February 24, 2022) – In celebration of Black History Month, The Cordish Companies, Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland and the Md. Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA) celebrated the 9thAnnual Black History Month Celebration on Thursday, February 24, 2022, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The ceremony, held at The HALL at Live!, celebrated and saluted all the honorees from the past eight years, with a special recognition for the 2021 honorees who were not able to be recognized in person due to pandemic restrictions. The honorees of the Black History Heroes Awards are chosen for the positive contributions made to their communities and fellow citizens.

The event included a keynote speech from Wes Moore, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Maryland, Combat Veteran, Bestselling Author, Small Business Owner, Rhodes Scholar, and CEO for the Robin Hood Foundation.

“We are honored to once again be able to host the ninth annual Black History Month Celebration at The HALL at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland, in partnership with the MWMCA. This event pays tribute to the incredible impact that African American community leaders and businesses have across the Baltimore and D.C. regions,” said Zed Smith. “This event is one that I personally look forward to, this year especially having such an esteemed keynote as Wes Moore. This event truly aligns with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, both in our property and our community. The MWMCA continues to be a valuable partner to us, working in tandem to achieve this same goal.”

The 2021/2022 honorees include:

  • Amal Awad, Chief of Police, Anne Arundel County Police Department
  • Calvin Ball, County Executive, Howard County, MD
  • Darryl Barnes, State Delegate, District 25, Maryland House of Delegates, and Chair, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc.
  • Edward Evans, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Cordish Gaming Group
  • Frank Kelly, Manager of Diverse Business Empowerment, Exelon Corporation
  • Detra Miller, Assistant Vice President, Business Banking, M&T Bank
  • (posthumously) George Mitchell, Founder, Langston Hughes Community Business and Resource Center
  • Michael Rodgers, State Delegate, District 32, Maryland House of Delegates
  • Paula Tilghman, President, Absolute Supply & Services, LLC
  • Alicia Wilson, Vice President for Economic Development, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System
  • The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center

“We want to thank Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland for their ongoing support and commitment to hosting inspiring events such as this one,” added Wayne Frazier, President, MWMCA. “Providing a space for community members to network, honor, and celebrate one another speaks to their mission to support continued diversity efforts in the state of Maryland. We are very excited to award these well-deserved honorees for the positive changes they continue to fight for within our community.”

The event master of ceremonies was Ramsey Harris, Sr., Vice President, Greater Maryland Market Manager at PNC Bank Community Development Banking and included remarks by Anthony Faranca, EVP and General Manager, Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland, Reed Cordish, Principal, The Cordish Companies, Wayne Frazier, Amal Awad, Alicia Wilson, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, and culminated with Wes Moore’s keynote speech.



In 2002, Md. Washington Minority Contractors Association, Inc. (MWMCA) originated to advocate for minority and women construction trade contractors because so much work was being completed without the utilization of said firms. 11 years later, in 2013, MWMCA evolved into Md. Washington Minority Companies Association and expanded its scope of work to include all types of companies: trade contractors, suppliers, and service providers. MWMCA has a unique offering of services with one mission in mind, “Connecting Large & Small Businesses to Work Together.”

About Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

The AAA Four Diamond rated Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland 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; world-class dining, the ultimate sports fan experience at Sports & Social Maryland, and incredible entertainment at The HALL at Live!, a three-story multi-use concert and event venue featuring 40,000 square-feet of customizable meeting space and banquet seating. For reservations, call 443-445-2929, or book online at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland 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 up on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @LiveCasinoMD. 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 oeprates highly acclaimed dining, entertainment, and hospitality destinations through 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 50 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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For Further Information:

Renee Mutchnik
Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland
(410) 979-9035 

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Stanton Communications
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