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Clear Spring man wins Ravens award

January 08, 2001

Clear Spring man wins Ravens award



A Clear Spring man has been recognized by the Baltimore Ravens as one of the state's outstanding volunteers.

Charlie Rowe, 65, has been a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Washington County for 20 years.

He's mentored five boys and helped the organization raise thousands of dollars over the years.

"Not only has Charlie always given 110 percent to each of his five Little Brothers over his 20 years of involvement, but he has also given 110 percent to the agency in other ways," wrote Executive Director Robert A. McKee in nominating Rowe for the Ravens' "NFL Community Quarterback" award.

Rowe barbecues up to 7,000 chickens each year for nonprofit fund-raisers. He donates his time and asks for nothing in return except the cost of the meat.

He has organized the agency's annual camping trip every year since 1982, soliciting contributions from businesses and individuals in the community which are used to buy food for the weekend. His family then does the cooking for everyone there.

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He has raised more than $1,000 each year for the past seven years during the agency's Bowl for Kids' Sake event.

"What sets Charlie Rowe apart from others who volunteer and why he is deserving of recognition is that Charlie is involved all the time helping others - both for Big Brothers Big Sisters and for the whole community," McKee wrote.

Rowe received his award at a banquet Dec. 21 at PSINet Stadium.

In honor of Rowe, the Ravens' community foundation donated $3,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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