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Partners in Collboration

Every spring ALS supporters, scientists, patients, volunteers, clinicians, and staff of the Packard Center gather to celebrate special friends of the Packard Center. This event honors those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support the Packard Center through efforts in ALS research, ALS fundraising, ALS events and a commitment to hope. 

We are pleased to announce 2016 Partners in Collaboration award winners: Tom and Charlene Berardino, The Boye Family, Jay Fishman, Ann Arbor Active Against ALS (A2A3)

Past Honorees have included:

Michael Radcliffe - When lawyer Michael Radcliffe learned he had ALS, he, his family and his colleagues with the Baltimore County Bar Association (BCBA) quickly rallied to hasten research. Their 140-member Team Radcliffe was the largest and certainly one of the most enthusiastic in Packard’s 2009 Fiesta 5K race.

Dick McCready & Dorsey Baldwin - Successful businessman Dick McCready and his good friend, Dorsey Baldwin—two kind Center supporters with creative energy to spare—well deserve their kudos. McCready is a longtime Packard board member. Baldwin is a Baltimore restaurateur and retired McCormick Spice vice president. McCready was instrumental in getting Packard research off and running, more than a decade ago, creatively raising $1.3 million with a charity tie-in to Cal Ripkin’s besting Lou Gehrig’s record. Later, Baldwin and McCready co-chaired “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” a hugely successful event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Baltimore Colts 1958 NFL championship. Some $150,000 went to the Packard Center.

Anne Campbell - “Coast to Coast Mama” Anne Campbell spent 50 days last year bicycling more than 3,600 miles across the United States—from Oregon to New Hampshire—to raise money for the Packard Center’s research. The focused, determined mother-of-three raised $26,000 in honor of Rob Spear, a good friend and business partner who developed ALS.

Bully! EntertainmentBully! Entertainment, a commercial and entertainment media production firm in Baltimore, was honored for its creative contributions to the Fiesta 5K. Carlson Bull, one of the firm’s principals, was recruited to help design materials for the inaugural race two years ago. He and his team created Pepper Pete, the Fiesta 5K’s colorful mascot, as well as TV spots and print pieces that continue to promote what has become a signature fundraiser for the Center.

Mid-Atlantic WaterproofingMid-Atlantic Waterproofing, the nation’s largest privately owned waterproofing organization, received the award for designating the Center as its charity of choice last year. For every waterproofing contract signed during a 60-day period in 2008, Mid-Atlantic donated a portion of the proceeds to the Center. At the end of the campaign, they presented a check to the Packard Center for $40,000.

Bruce Thompson - Bruce Thompson, a well-known developer in the Virginia Beach area, was recognized for all that he and his family contributed to the ALS Association’s Walk to Defeat ALS event in Virginia Beach last fall. The JT Walk Team – 3,600-plus members strong – was formed to honor Thompson’s son Josh, diagnosed with ALS at the age of 33. Not only was the JT Walk Team the largest group of its kind, but it also raised a record-breaking $575,000, 40 percent of which Thompson designated for the Center.

Charlotte Hetterick, Volunteer of the Year - Charlotte Hetterick was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year. Hetterick is a fitness instructor and owner of Interactive Fitness in Timonium, Maryland. She became involved with the Center after her close friend Eric Navarro was diagnosed with ALS. Hetterick organized her own fundraisers and threw her full support behind the inaugural Fiesta 5K. Passionate about fitness and finding a cure for ALS, she continues to secure all levels of support for the race and the Center.

Rita Sattler, Volunteer of the Year - Barrow Institute neuroscientist Rita Sattler has been dedicated in her work to discover the cause and find treatments for ALS. Formerly with Hopkins, Sattler worked closely with Packard Director, Jeff Rothstein, advancing work on the role of excitotoxicity, a toxic process in ALS, and on drug discovery. After she began volunteering for Packard three years ago, with that same dedication, she saw a shift in her thinking. “Like other researchers, I used to gripe about not getting enough money from funding agencies. Why don’t they give us more? But now I realize how hard it is to get support for science.” She’s one of Packard’s most determined volunteers—and now its Volunteer of the Year.

Nancy & Gary O'Connor - Gary O’Connor was diagnosed with ALS in 2006. Not long after, in 2007, he and wife Nancy got an email from their daughter, Rebecca, telling them to check out the Packard Center’s first Fiesta 5K. And so began Team Low & Slow, now a race regular. You can’t miss its members in those bright pink shirts!  All told, Team Low & Slow has advanced the Center’s research with more than $100,000.

Dan Waldorf - 

OJ & Chanda Brigance - 

Dr. Bryan Traynor (Dr. John W. Griffin Innovator Award) -

Dr. John W. Griffin - 

Michael Goldman, One Rock Studios - 

Rich RIggins - 

Jackie Euler - 

Ken Hagen - 

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