The Wills Group raised more than $525,000 at the second annual Blackie Wills Gala that took place on September 9, 2018 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland.
The Gala supports The Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund which was formed in 2016 as part of The Wills Group’s 90th anniversary. The Fund honors Julian Blacklock “Blackie” Wills, the third President and CEO of The Wills Group, and carries on his commitment to community and civic engagement.
During the past year, the Fund has donated more than $448,000 to more than 35 charitable organizations across the Mid-Atlantic region to further the company’s community engagement efforts to end childhood hunger and ensure safe and healthy homes.
In 2018, The Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund supported two partnerships – one with Share Our Strength, an organization focused on eliminating childhood hunger, and the other with Rebuilding Together, an organization that completes approximately 10,000 projects annually to repair homes, revitalize communities and rebuild lives. The Fund also provided support to the Maryland Food Bank, the Southern Maryland Food Bank and Lifestyles of Maryland, a Southern Maryland nonprofit organization that serves approximately 14,000 individuals by providing emergency assistance, transportation, housing and job training.
Sponsors of The Blackie Wills Gala include Platinum Level Sponsors – Bohler Engineering, Motiva Enterprises LLC, UST Services Corporation, PNC Bank, Ruppert Landscape, Petro Supply, Inc., Hopkins & Wayson General Contractors, S&D Coffee & Tea, Petroleum Management, Inc. and Lennox; Gold Level Sponsors – Jones & Frank, Samuel Coraluzzo Co, CWPS, Matrix Capital Markets Group, Car Wash Solutions, Eagle Transports, CITGO, R.E. Michel Company, Core-Mark, Shell Oil, Able Applied Technologies USA, and Exxon Mobil Corporation.
Other contributors include Baltimore Tank Lines, Brown Advisory, Due East Partners, Fired Up Promotions, Heritage Printing and Graphics, Innovative Control Systems, L&C Electric, Lane Marketing Group, MJH Project Inc., Myers Auto Service, PAPCO, Inc. and TEC Graphics.
The Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund is a component of The Wills Group’s community engagement efforts which are focused on helping toEliminate Childhood Hunger and Ensure Safe and Healthy Homes. Since 2006, The Wills Group has donated more than $2.3 million to communities across Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Please note that this year’s Golf Classic was postponed due to inclement weather and has been rescheduled for Monday, October 29, 2018.