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2003 - Summer Camp Adventure

Summer Camp Adventure

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 Bragg and Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina

$4,000 Grant

"Summer Camp Adventure," which helps to meet the needs of military children enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), is a joint effort of the Armed Services YMCA and Family Advocacy staffs at Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina. With approximately 2,800 children enrolled in the EFMP, the sponsoring organizations saw a need for a custom-made camp aimed at children not able to attend a traditional camp due to physical disabilities. The annual budget for the camp is approximately $14,500. For further information, contact Lynne M. Grates at

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