April 16, 2012
McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC), a global leader in flavor, today announced that Byron Pitts, prominent correspondent for CBS News and “60 Minutes” will deliver the keynote address at the 72 nd Annual McCormick Unsung Heroes Award Banquet to be held on Monday, May 7 at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn.
The banquet will salute deserving male football players and female basketball players. A total of 112 high school senior boys and girls from 68 Baltimore area public, private, parochial and independent schools have been nominated. As the top Unsung Heroes for 2012, two of the honorees, one male and one female winner, will receive the 2012 Charles Perry McCormick Scholarship, valued at $36,000 over four academic years.
Originally established in 1940 by former CEO Charles P. McCormick, the program recognizes unselfish team play and honors those who contribute substantially to the success of their teams without receiving acclaim. The program is reflective of McCormick’s core belief in The Power of People.
More than 700 city and county officials, school administrators, coaches and family are expected to attend this year’s event.
Byron Pitts will bring an inspiring message to the audience. Despite being deemed functionally illiterate until the age of 12 and having a chronic stutter until the age of 20, Baltimore-born Pitts is an author as well as an award-winning TV journalist. His success and achievements have come as the result of hard work and dedication, as Pitts has overcome the obstacles and challenges that life has thrown his way. He has documented his inspirational life journey in his book “Step Out on Nothing.”