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2003 - Read to Lead

Road to Lead

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.

Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

$2,000 Grant

"Read to Lead," sponsored by the Family Readiness Group of the 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, is a partnership with the Iroquois Point Elementary School that links volunteers with "at risk" students in grades K-3 in order to foster and develop reading skills. The students at Iroquois Point are primarily military dependents. The cost of the program, which works with about 300 students each year, is $10,000 annually. For further information, contact Todd Schmidt at

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