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Mary Rose Cook – Community Service and Volunteer Work

Mary Rose Cook spends her days working as an attorney in Adelberg Rudow’s Estates and Trusts Department, but during her non-working time, she can be found giving back to the community through various charitable organizations, most notably the Maryland Zoo at Baltimore where she serves as an Education Volunteer.

In her role as a Zoo Volunteer, Mary Rose works with children (and adults) to educate them on the Zoo’s mission to inspire people to actively support the conservation of wildlife and wild places. In addition to education programs, Mary Rose assists at the Zoo with the enrichment program, the Conservation Crew, and the Zoo Partners. With the enrichment program, Mary Rose creates treats for the animals to keep them engaged. As a member of the Conservation Crew, Mary Rose organized a clean-up event with Adelberg Rudow members and staff to clean a portion of Druid Park. In total, they hauled over 900 pounds of trash from the park area. Also, as part of the Conservation Crew, Mary Rose organized a cell phone recycling program with the Baltimore Ski Club, of which Mary Rose is also an active member. The recycling of phones prevents mining and destruction of chimpanzee’s natural habitat. Mary Rose also mentors teenage zoo volunteers with disabilities in conjunction with the Image Center of Maryland and Towson University as part of the Zoo Partners program. In addition to these regular duties at the Zoo, Mary Rose also volunteers at Special Events, like Breakfast with Santa, Penguin Encounters, and “Octobearfest”. Her favorite activity is making crafts with the children at Breakfast with Santa. In January 2020, Mary Rose was awarded the Volunteer Leadership Award as a result of her volunteer activities.

Mary Rose is currently serving as President of the Baltimore Ski Club, a not-for-profit organization. Although long retired from skiing due to bad knees, Mary Rose works tirelessly to run the Club and support its many charitable causes. Most notably, the Club holds a fashion show/Expo each November where donations of clothes, equipment, and cash are collected and given to the Maryland School for the Blind, which has an adaptive ski program. One year, the cash donations purchased helmets with headsets for blind skiers so that instructors could guide them down the slope. Mary Rose has a special affinity for this cause as her niece Madisyn was born blind and attends the School for the Blind.

Mary Rose is also a member of the Ravens Roost which exists to celebrate the Ravens, but also to give back to the community through various grants and scholarships. Mary Rose assists with the fundraisers that the Roost holds.

As a resident of the Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden, Mary Rose serves as the Secretary of the Hampden Community Council. This organization strives to make Hampden a better place for all of its residents. Here she has organized a number of fundraisers such as a Paint Night, Bingo, Happy Hour, Dunking Booth at Hampdenfest, and a National Night Out promoting neighborhood safety. As an HCC member, Mary Rose also served as a judge for the Mayor’s Christmas Parade which has been celebrated in Hampden for over 40 years.

Past charitable activities have included volunteering at the Baltimore Humane Society on Nicodemus Road. Mary Rose served as co-chairperson of the Black Tie and Tails which was a dinner/dance to which guests brought their pet. Funds raised from this event assisted the Society in its efforts to save stray pets.

Mary Rose joined with Baltimore City Delegate Barbara A. Robinson – Legislative District 40 in an Annual Back to School Rally and Giveaway collecting backpacks and school supplies for needy city students. Mary Rose received a City Award from The Maryland General Assembly for her work in this charitable cause.

Mary Rose also gives time to the Legal Aid Bureau assisting their clients with estate planning and administration matters. To learn more about estate planning for yourself or administration for a family member or friend, contact Mary Rose at mcook@adelberg.com.

     Mary Rose at the Maryland Zoo

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