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Ron Sappington, who has worked for BGE for 49 years, raises the BGE flag while (from left) Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Christie McMullen, BGE, vice president of gas operations, Steve Pennington, managing director of business and industry sector development, Maryland Department of Commerce and BGE CEO Calvin Butler look on. (Courtesy photo)

Continuing its statewide celebration of its 200th anniversary, Baltimore Gas and Electric announced plans to host a reception for its community partners on June 24 at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore.

BGE has organized a series of events this year to mark its 200th anniversary, including having the longest-tenured employee at each of its Maryland locations raise the BGE flag under the U.S. flag on June 17.

“It’s our way of saying thank you,” BGE CEO Calvin Butler Jr. said of the Hippodrome reception. “We appreciate and value the part in the community we play as local utility. Although we serve nine other counties, Baltimore is in our name.”

The Hippodrome Theatre event will highlight organizations and people including the AFRO, the United Way, Greater Baltimore Committee, first responders and members of arts and culture organizations.

The Orchkids, an orchestra for underprivileged children run by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will perform.

Butler promises the event will focus on fun, and the speeches will be limited.

“It’s less about a script and more about a celebration,” he said. “This doesn’t happen every day.”