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2003 - ACCESS

ACCESS

The Newman's Own Awards for Military Community Excellence - 2003

In a July 22, 2003, ceremony at the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, this year's recipients of "The Newman's Own Awards for Military Community Excellence" were announced.

This is the fourth year that Newman's Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times Media Group have jointly sponsored the program which seeks to reward ingenuity and innovation for volunteer organizations working to improve military quality of life. The challenge was straightforward: "Present an innovative plan to improve the quality of life for your military community and receive funding to carry out the plans."

The Honorable Charles S. Abell, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), assisted in the presentation of $50,000 in grants to 14 volunteer organizations for their innovative programs to improve military quality of life. Mr. Abell joined Kenneth Fisher, Chairman, Fisher House Foundation; Tom Indoe, Chief Operating Officer of Newman's Own; and Elaine Howard, President, Military Times Media Group, in presenting the awards.

A total of 100 entries were received. Six judges, two from each of the sponsoring organizations, evaluated each entry based on the organization's impact to the respective communities, creativity and innovation. To be eligible, each organization was required to certify that it was a private or non-profit organization operating with authority of a military installation commander. Every organization submitting an entry will receive a certificate of recognition from Paul Newman.


Fort Campbell, Kentucky

$2,000 Grant

"ACCESS," an acronym for the "Eagle Army Compassionate Cancer Education Support Services," is sponsored by the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital medical department auxiliary, and was established to meet a need that had ceased to exist since the events of September 11, 2001: a support group for children undergoing cancer treatment. The mission of the organization will largely be educational, and the budget for a staff person and small office is estimated to be about $10,000 annually. For further information, contact Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence J. Stone at Lawrence.Stone@se.amedd.army.mil


For complete information about the 2003 winners of "The Newman's Own Awards for Military Community Excellence," visit the website.