BALTIMORE CO., Md. (WJZ) — The remaining $1.3 million in campaign funds for late Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will be donated, the Committee for Kamenetz announced.
The funds will be donated to several local non-profit organizations. Thursday’s announcement — which was in accordance with state campaign finance laws — comes a little more than a month after Kamenetz, a Democratic candidate for governor, died after going into cardiac arrest.
Jill Kamenetz was beaming as she briefly spoke about her late husband’s legacy.
“I’m sure he’s looking down right now smiling and very proud,” she said. “Kevin never enjoyed asking, but people knew he stood for and supported his vision and drive to make the Baltimore region and the entire state a great place to live.”
Jill Kamenetz joined representatives from four non-profit organizations to reveal where the remaining money from his campaign account will be donated.
“While this is not the outcome that any of us imagined, it is our sincere hope that the donations will make a tangible difference for countless people across the baltimore region,” said Campaign Finance Chair Charles Klein.
The campaign’s remaining funds will be given to the following organizations:
• Central Scholarship will receive $915,000 to support a new college scholarship fund for Baltimore County Public School students.
• Northwest Hospital will receive $250,000 to establish a cardiac care program.
• The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will receive $100,000.
• The Hippodrome Foundation will receive $100,000.
“I want to thank the thousands of Marylanders who supported Kevin and joined in his campaign for governor and we want to express our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received during this profoundly difficult time,” said Jill Kamenetz said in a release. “Our family, along with those who knew and loved Kevin, continue to grieve his loss, but are confident that these funds will build upon his legacy and provide significant support to organizations that Kevin thought so highly of and worked hard to promote.”