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Military Family Programs Can Earn Cash in Newman

Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2001 – DoD-authorized private organizations that support military families have until April 30 to compete for grants of up to $10,000 in the second annual Newman's Own Award contest.

Fisher House Foundation, the Newman's Own Co., and the Military Times Media Group co-sponsor the search for groups whose mission is to improve the quality of life in military communities. Volunteer organizations compete for a share of $45,000 in grants. The submission judged most outstanding receives a $10,000 grant.

"We believe that no investment pays a higher rate of return than investing in the quality of life of our service men and women and their families," said Fisher House chairman Arnold Fisher at the contest kickoff.

To be eligible, organizations submitting plans must be a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, or a private organization as defined in DoD Instruction 1000.15. Applications and procedures are available at www.militarycity.com/award or by calling (888) 294-8560. All applications must be received by April 30.

The sponsors awarded $30,000 in grants last year to five organizations. The $10,000 winner in 2000 was the Naval Services FamilyLine COMPASS program. FamilyLine is a private organization approved by the chief of naval operations. COMPASS is a free 12-hour spouse-to-spouse Navy lifestyle mentoring program.

All of last year's grant winners were highlighted in an American Forces Press Service story at www.defenselink.mil/news/Jul2000/n07172000_20007173.html.

The nonprofit Fisher House Foundation operates 27 comfort homes near major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers across the country. It serves more than 6,000 families annually, providing them with a "home away from home" while loved ones receive medical treatment. Four more houses will be built in 2001, to include the first overseas Fisher House, at the Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany.

Newman's Own is the food company started by World War II veteran and actor Paul Newman. His company donates all its profits to charities, and since 1982 distributed $100 million to more than 2,000 charities. Fisher House has been a grant recipient since 1997.

Military Times Media Group operates the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times, Marine Corps Times, and MilitaryCity.com.

(From a Fisher House Foundation press release.)

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