Dedication to Community at Work and Home
"We have an interest in helping GBMC because it's our local hospital," Brian said. "Our story is a simple one, really."
Brian and Mary Jo's three children were born at GBMC. According to Brian, "those days in 1985, 1987 and 1991 were certainly three very happy days for us." Though their children have long since grown and built lives in other places, where it all began will remain a permanent fixture on the walls of GBMC's new structure, The Promise Project.
Through a close, personal and professional relationship with GBMC Leadership Division chairs, Sana and Andy Brooks, a former co-worker at T. Rowe Price, Brian and Mary Jo found a way to give back by supporting GBMC's campaign with a significant gift, which will name a Patient and Family Respite Room after Hilary, Peter and Sydney.
"GBMC is a really important community hospital and we live in the community," Brian said. "We're fortunate enough to be able to support organizations we like, and this seems like a good time. And, I won’t speak for Mary Jo, but I'm not getting any younger," he added with a laugh, "and so it's always good to have a relationship with your neighborhood hospital."
Mary Jo added, "We also have friends that work there as doctors and nurses, and we always visited GBMC's Emergency Room if the kids needed stitches or had broken limbs or something, so it's been a big part of our life, GBMC."
A Homeland resident as a child, Mary Jo was born at Mercy Hospital and attended Maryvale High School before setting off to Boston for college. But it was a Boston native and Harvard graduate that brought her back to her hometown.
"When he got out of business school at Harvard, he said, 'I really like this company in Baltimore' and I said, 'Baltimore? I am not going back to Baltimore,'" Mary Jo said. "And he said, 'just for five years.' That was 1982, and we're still here. It was a good move."
The couple, now married 41 years, are grateful to all the institutions that have played a role in their years here. In terms of their philanthropy, their reasons need no frills, pomp or circumstance. They are committed because they care.
"When Brian and Mary Jo were first made aware of the Promise Project, they immediately wanted to help," Andy Brooks said. "Once presented with the case for support of this critical effort, they did not hesitate. Being devoted to our community, they have demonstrated long- term support for so many deserving initiatives. In naming a Patient and Family Respite Room after their three children, they have acknowledged the importance of what we do for the fabric of countless Baltimore area families from all walks of life. These are the neighbors and friends served each day by this special place we call GBMC. We are so grateful for the support of people like Brian and Mary Jo Rogers."