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2003 Newman's Own Awards Search Offers Community Groups $50K in Grants

National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2003 – Volunteer community organizations have until April 30 to enter the fourth annual Newman's Own Award for Military Community Excellence competition for a share of $50,000 in grants.

The contest is co-sponsored by the Newman's Own Co., the Fisher House organization, and the Military Times Media Group. First prize of a $10,000 grant goes to the group with the most innovative plan to improve the quality of life for military families and their communities.

Contest judges allocate the remaining $40,000 in grants to other organizations based on programs that "capture the spirit of volunteerism," according to a Fisher House spokesman. He also said organizations should primarily be those with volunteers rather than paid professional staffs, such as PTAs, student classes, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and spouses' clubs that need financial aid for projects supporting the military community.

Newman's Own is the food company started by actor Paul Newman, who has donated company profits, $125 million since 1982, to charities and educational causes. Fisher House operates nearly three dozen "homes away from home" near major military medical facilities worldwide to help family members tending to loved ones receiving treatment. The Military Times Media Group runs the military and federal Times newspapers.

For specific eligibility and entry rules, visit the Fisher House Web site at www.fisherhouse.org or call (888) 294-8560.

(From a Fisher House Foundation news release.)

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