Among the largest grants, recipients included Black, Gifted and Whole ($5,000), Casa Ruby ($4,570), and HIPS D.C. ($4,810),
Since its incorporation in 1978, BHT has now given out more than $3 million to community groups.
Mayor Muriel Bowser brought greetings on behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia. And, entertainment was provided by DC’s Different Drummers and Breaking Ground.
“The amazing excitement in the air at our reception, along with the great fellowship between our grantees and the community we serve drives the work we do each and every day,” said BHT President Jim Slattery. “We plan all year towards today, when we’re finally able to distribute grants to very worthy organizations that embody our community so well.”
Board Vice President Andrew McCarty of Baltimore added, “I’ve learned so much during my time on this board about so many great organizations that are changing the faces of Baltimore and DC in the HIV community. I encourage everyone to get involved and change the world around you.”
BHT also presented five annual community service awards:
• Anthony J. Bachrach Award for Outstanding Service (to an individual), to Freddie Lutz of Freddie’s Beach Bar in Crystal City for his support of the community.
• Billy Collison Award (to an underdog, and grantee), was presented to the the LGBT Fallen Heroes Fund.
• George Dodson Business Award (to a business supportive of the community) was presented to Tagg Magazine for covering and serving queer women.
• Founders Award (to a non-profit, doesn’t have to be a grantee) was presented to Us Helping Us for decades of vital service to the HIV/AIDS community.
• President’s Award (at the discretion of the BHT President, with consent of the board) was presented on Friday, January 20th to Jeffrey Grabelle of AIDS Action Baltimore for years of service to Baltimore’s HIV/AIDS community.
“It’s important to acknowledge the good work being done in and for our community,” said Slattery. “While none of us are in this for the glory, it sure is nice to have the opportunity to formally recognize folks and groups we think of as legendary and worthy of praise.”
Other area grantees include AIDS Action Baltimore, Spotlighters Theatre, Empowering the Transgender Community, and FreeState Justice.