Howard County Council Member Calvin Ball was awarded the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award Wednesday in Ellicott City.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the award to Ball for his work assisting local residents, enhancing opportunities and increasing community pride.
“I’m humbled and honored," said Ball. "It’s particularly fulfilling to receive an award that reflects what we should all really be involved in doing and that’s actually helping people.”
The awards were created in honor of William Donald Schaefer, who died in April of 2011. Schaefer previously served as the mayor of Baltimore (1971-1987), governor of Maryland (1987-1995) and state comptroller from (1999-2007).
Ball’s recent work includes teaming up with Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice to combat bullying and organizing a community meeting to discuss neighborhood safety after a stabbing in Long Reach.
Ball said currently he's helping to organize a men's health fair in the county to educate men on how to stay more healthy.
He said when a woman notices something wrong with her health, she makes a doctor's appointment, but "a guy wants to walk it off."
"This will be the fourth [men's health fair]," said Ball. "We're going to educate men how to stay healthier, not just for ourselves, but for our families."
The fair will be held on June 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Howard High School.