(BALTIMORE – December 8, 2018) – RSVP for the hottest business networking event in town: The 16th Anniversary of Bmorenews.com. The date is Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm at Baltimore Visitor Center, located at 401 Light Street in downtown Baltimore. The link is: https://bmorenews16.eventbrite.com.
The event will feature, as always, The Joe Manns Black Wall Street Awards. Honorees include Zanes Cypress, Jr.
Who is Zanes?
Zanes Cypress, Jr. is the current President and CEO of the Omega Baltimore Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit community organization whose mission is to address and facilitate the mental, physical and spiritual needs of underserved West Baltimore Community residents with a primary focus on uplifting youth as well as older adults. Omega Baltimore has a public private partnership with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks to manage and operate the Easterwood Recreation Center. This was in conjunction with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s plan to enlist community organizations to be responsible for programming city recreation centers. The center had been closed four years.
Since Easterwood opened in November 2012, free hot meals and computer access are provided to Baltimore City students after school daily. The after school meals program is sponsored by the Family League of Baltimore City through the at-risk after school snack and supper program. Last year, Omega Baltimore initiated their STEM and Computer Skills After School Mentoring Program.
For the past 3 years, Omega Baltimore has partnered Younglife of Baltimore to host weekly club meetings with kids from Calverton Middle School to facilitate programming developing relationships to help kids make good decisions in life and learn of GOD’s love for them. Omega Baltimore has also partnered with the Joel Gamble Foundation to host NFL Alumni Sponsored Free NFL Play 60 Football Camps and Flag Football League.
In 2016, Omega Baltimore hosted “A Day of Hope“ at Easterwood Recreation Center. Over 1500 community residents were provided job opportunities, food and groceries, health care and information, and spiritual uplift. Filled backpacks were distributed to school aged kids. A Day of Hope was sponsored by Somebody Cares Baltimore, Mercy Kitchens, Baltimore City Police Department, Local Churches, Omega Baltimore and Power 52.
Mr. Cypress is a retired manufacturing management professional, business owner and Towson State University Alumnus. A forty year life member, he has served his beloved fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, for over 10 years, as Second District Director of Public Relations. The Second District encompasses the Great States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. He is an active member of Pi Omega, the graduate chapter in Baltimore, MD.