United Way of Central Maryland Honors Greater Baltimore’s Top Philanthropists, Volunteers at Annual Tocqueville Society Event

Freeman and Jackie Hrabowski, Guy and Nupur Parekh Flynn, and Johns Hopkins University Recognized

Baltimore, Md. (October 1, 2020) – On September 29, United Way of Central Maryland held its first virtual Tocqueville Society event, celebrating the philanthropy and volunteerism of two prominent local couples, Guy and Nupur Parekh Flynn, who received the Philanthropists of the Year award, and Freeman and Jackie Hrabowski, who received the Mark Furst Volunteers of a Lifetime award. They were joined by the Johns Hopkins University, which was honored as Organization of the Year.

“We’re honored to acknowledge the extraordinary contributions of our community’s most generous and dedicated philanthropists, changemakers, and organizations demonstrating a deep commitment to making Greater Baltimore a better place for all who call it home,” said Franklyn Baker, president and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland. “We are fortunate that the Flynns, Hrabowskis, and Johns Hopkins University call this region home and that they are committed and steadfast partners in our work to provide what’s needed, where it’s needed to help our neighbors and neighborhoods.”

The celebration of the honorees looked different this year, with attendees gathering around computer screens in their homes to congratulate the awardees, and to hear from Chris Gardner, best-selling author and the inspiration for the Will Smith film, The Pursuit of Happyness.

Each honoree has a well-known commitment to serving the community and continuing to inspire and encourage others to improve lives.

Guy and Nupur Parekh Flynn are known for their involvement in prominent Baltimore-area institutions like OSI Baltimore, the Baltimore Community Foundation, Living Classrooms and others. They recently joined United Way’s Million Dollar Round Table, representing a new generation of philanthropy and engagement in our region. Guy is the partner-in-charge of DLA Piper’s Downtown Baltimore office, and Nupur is recently retired from her position as a marketing executive with Brown Capital Management. Together, they are two of Baltimore’s strongest philanthropists, possessing a global outlook along with a passionate desire to make Baltimore better.

Freeman and Jackie Hrabowski received the Mark Furst Volunteers of a Lifetime award, named in honor the former United Way of Central Maryland president and CEO who died in 2019. The pair has been a part of the Tocqueville Society since 2001, working with United Way on many fronts. As head of University of Maryland Baltimore County, Freeman is a tireless advocate of education for Black students. After serving as Vice President of Corporate Community Involvement at T. Rowe Price, Jackie has continued her involvement in the community, volunteering and advocating for youth mentoring and child development initiatives, and more.

The Johns Hopkins University was honored as the Organization of the Year, in recognition of its demonstrated commitment to United Way through volunteer initiatives and ongoing support of fundraising initiatives like its COVID-19 Fund. Johns Hopkins University has been a long-standing partner with United Way, and encourages faculty, staff and students to show their commitment to our local communities through volunteerism and by raising more than $500,000 annually for United Way.

The Tocqueville Society was established to recognize those who have rendered outstanding service as supporters and volunteers in their community. The Society also exists to promote community service and to recognize the value this service has to our nation. The Tocqueville Society is named after Alexis de Tocqueville, a 17th-century French diplomat and historian, who lauded the commitment to the common good he witnessed on a tour of America.

United Way of Central Maryland’s Tocqueville Society has recognized outstanding individuals and organizations at its annual event since 1987.

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