A Chambersburg, Pa., resident, Wagner, will be honored as the Birdland Community Hero. The 98-year-old has served her community extensively for the past 80 years as a foster mother, poll worker, hospital volunteer, and Sunday school teacher. Known as Chambersburg’s biggest O’s fan, Wagner has organized numerous bus trips from Pennsylvania to Oriole Park for local nursing homes. In honor of her recognition, the Orioles Charitable Foundation will make a $5,000 donation to the American Cancer Society.
Birdland Community Heroes
The Orioles Birdland Community Heroes program honors and recognizes community heroes who inspire us through their spirited commitment to extend a hand in charity, service, hope, and harmony. This recognition honors the heroism of members of our extended Orioles community from all walks of life, occupations, and diverse backgrounds living in our region, our country, and abroad, who have distinguished themselves by selflessly working or volunteering in fields that care for, serve, teach, protect, and improve the lives of others, around the corner or around the globe, who are most in need.
The program honors designated Birdland Community Heroes throughout the season. Selected honorees each receive two game tickets, parking, an award medal, and the opportunity be featured during an in-game ceremony on the video board at the conclusion of the fifth inning. During each Birdland Americana Weekend, the Orioles continue the tradition of celebrating American principles and ideals with the playing of classic, American songs during the seventh-inning stretch including "This Land Is Your Land" on Fridays, "America, The Beautiful" on Saturdays, and "God Bless America" on Sundays.
Our 2022 Birdland Heroes
Richard began volunteering as a delivery driver for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (MOWCM) in the Woodlawn area on November 30th, 1983, while he was working for social security. After retiring on December 31st, 1999, Richard wanted to continue delivering meals with MOWCM and requested to be moved to a site closer to his home in Perry Hall. He has now been a volunteer for over 38 years. Richard fondly remembers delivering to a diversity of clients over the years, and recalls getting to know World War II Veterans (one of which was near Bastogne in 1944, and another who was on Normandy on D-Day). Richard was honored to hear their stories and felt a special connection as he is also a Veteran. Richard has enjoyed volunteering every Wednesday, and it has become an ingrained part of his week.
Over 30 years ago, Pam was living in Reisterstown and attending a local church. She had always enjoyed serving the community, and a Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland volunteer ad in her church’s weekly bulletin stood out. She decided to sign up and called her sister, Kathi, right away. 32 years later, sisters Pam and Kathi, continue volunteering together, bringing their children- and now grandchildren into the work as well!
In 1987, Stephanie moved to Harford County, Maryland from Ohio. When she was living in Ohio, she was involved in a meals on wheels type program through her church. As Stephanie became more involved in her children’s school, she met another parent whose mom, Lee Cronin, was greatly involved in Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland’s Harford County routes. Stephanie was immediately interested due to her past volunteering and started delivering with her neighbor in 1988. Though the neighbor eventually had to stop, Stephanie kept going and is still delivering in Harford County 34 years later.