BSA Recognized with ASAE's 2005 Summit Award

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Six Associations Recognized With ASAE's 2005 Summit Award

(July 6, 2005 WASHINGTON, DC) Six associations have been selected by ASAE's Associations Advance America (AAA) Committee to receive the ASAE Summit Award at the 6th Annual Summit Awards Dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC September 27, 2005.

The Summit Award is ASAE's highest honor for associations that implement new and innovative, community-based programs. Part of the AAA Awards program, the Summit Award symbolizes the very best efforts engineered by associations across the country in areas like public education and information, business and social innovation, citizenship and democracy enhancement, and civic and community volunteerism.

The six 2005 winners were chosen from nearly 300 entries submitted in the AAA Awards program this year. The winners and program descriptions are below.

"On behalf of ASAE's AAA Committee, congratulations to this year's Summit Award winners. The Summit Award has come to represent the association community's very best efforts to bolster and unite behind their communities and society at large. As is the case every year, there were many worthwhile programs under consideration for top honors and all are to be commended for their public impact and the positive light they shine on the work of America's associations," said David Gabri, president and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels International and 2005 Chair of ASAE's Associations Advance America Committee.

The AAA Committee reviewed award entries on three different occasions this year, and selected the six Summit Award winners from 46 Award of Excellence winners named earlier in 2005.

ASAE's Summit Awards Dinner on September 27 will bring together association executives, legislators and other government officials, and business and community leaders for an evening to celebrate the value of associations and their impact on American society.

"We have a lot to celebrate at this year's Summit Awards Dinner. These award-winning programs illustrate in very tangible terms the role associations play in everyday life, and the scope of their influence. We need to celebrate that as a community, and we need Congress and other key audiences to understand our role as well," said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE.

CONTACT: Chris Vest, Public Relations, 202-626-2798, cvest@asaenet.org

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2005 Summit Award Winners

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
New York, NY
Program: "360 Degrees of Financial Literacy"
The AICPA launched "360 Degrees of Financial Literacy" as a national effort on the part of the CPA profession to improve the financial understanding of Americans in their own communities. It provides a comprehensive approach to financial education, focusing on information consumers need at every life stage, from childhood to retirement. CPAs volunteer their time and expertise to educate members of their communities about financial issues. An unprecedented 88 percent of the state societies (48 out of 54) have joined the effort. Together with AICPA efforts, these programs are mobilizing 6,000+ CPAs to help Americans and are reaching, either directly or through media, more than 145 million Americans.
Arizona Rock Products Association
Phoenix, AZ
Program: "Sunshine Acres Children's Home Emergency Access Road Project"
Sunshine Acres Children's Home, located 10 miles northeast of Mesa, is a thriving oasis for children who are separated from their parents who are either unwilling or unable to care for them. The city of Mesa recently required that road improvements be added at Sunshine Acres to accommodate access by fire and rescue services. When Sunshine Acres was notified that no further building permits would be issued until the roads were built, Jeff Whiteman of Empire Machinery brought the project to the attention of ARPA and the Arizona Chapter of Associated General Contractors in the summer of 2003. Originally estimated as a $300,000 project, the two local associations covered the cost of nearly $425,000 in emergency access road improvements required by the city of Mesa by donating the materials, equipment and manpower for the project. As of December 2003, for the first time in their 49-year history, Sunshine Acres Children's Home has paved access to replace the rutted dirt and gravel roads winding through the 100+ acre complex outside Mesa. Without the improvements, Sunshine Acres could not move forward with plans to build a new girls dormitory and would have been forced to turn children in need away.
Boy Scouts of America National Council
Irving, TX
Program: "Good Turn for America"
Good Turn for America was launched in February 2004, and is a national call to service by the Boy Scouts of America. It is estimated that 8.5 million people, including 2.9 million children, live in homes that experience hunger. Nearly 5 million households and 10.9 million individuals face housing needs. Boy Scouts of America partnered with some of the nation's most respected service organizations, including The Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, to provide opportunities for youth and volunteers to fight hunger and homelessness, and teach the habits of healthy living. From January 1, 2004 through April 30, 2005, Boy Scouts of America through the Good Turn for America initiative performed over 1,348,790 service hours resulting in over 18,556 projects with a total involvement of 441,290 youth and adults.
MENC: The National Association for Music Education
Reston, VA
Program: "National Anthem Project"
The National Anthem Project is a three-year campaign to renew national awareness of American patriotic traditions through music education. The goal of the campaign is to re-teach millions of Americans to sing the national anthem and to encourage them to support school music. The National Anthem Project officially launched on March 10, 2005 from the U.S. Capitol with "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band, members of Congress, the Oak Ridge Boys, and over 300 schoolchildren singing "The Star Spangled Banner" together. The campaign continues with major singing celebrations throughout our country -- at schools, professional sporting events and other venues. The campaign hosts events involving local government officials, citizens and music teachers and students in at least one city in every state. MENC members and staff created free resources for teachers (posted at www.thenationalanthemproject.org) to help them teach patriotic music and raise awareness among citizens of the importance of music education in preserving American musical traditions.
National Education Association
Washington, DC
Program: "Read Across America"
In 1998, the NEA created Read Across America Day, a national celebration of the joy and importance of reading. The program offers a resource kit with posters, reproducible materials and CD-ROM. The program also uses media outreach, events and Web materials to increase visibility. To help members, leaders and affiliates, NEC conducts workshops, events and offers links to its 49 partners. High-profile celebrities, athletes and political leaders also take part. The strategy is highly successful. The program began with 25 million participants and has grown each year. Today, all of NEA's 2.7 million members and an estimated 45 million people participate in Read Across America. This is now a year-round project with a Spanish-language component, links to materials in other languages, plus additional projects highlighting teens, community service and minority community outreach.
National Restaurant Association
Washington, DC
Program: "Hunger Awareness Outreach"
The National Restaurant Association and its members have been particularly active on hunger relief. In an effort to help food banks and food rescue organizations meet the ever-increasing demands for emergency food assistance, the NRA partnered with America's Second Harvest to create the first restaurant-specific food-donation resource on Second Harvest's Web site, to help restaurateurs donate unused and leftover food. Also, as part of an ongoing effort that began over 10 years ago to support the food banks in the Greater Chicago Area, each year, the NRA coordinates the donation of food from industry food and beverage suppliers exhibiting at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. In 2004, nearly 131,000 pounds of food, enough for 61,000 meals was donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The GCFD collects the food donated by Show exhibitors each year and distributes food to Chicago-area shelters and community kitchens. As a result of the association's efforts to raise awareness about the problem of hunger in America, in 2003 the association was asked to serve on the National Hunger Awareness Day Committee, a joint effort by organizations who share a common concern for the 35 million Americans at risk of hunger.

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