Department Of Interior
|Office of the Secretary||
Contact: Kathryn Harrington
|For Immediate Release: Aug. 23, 2004||
Secretary Norton Announces Winners of 2004 National Take Pride in America ® Awards
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton today announced winners of the 2004 National Take Pride in America Awards. Presented annually, Take Pride in America's national awards recognize outstanding volunteer projects and efforts in a variety of categories. Today's winners represent nine categories, with winners in other categories, including Corporate, Federal Land Manager and Outstanding Take Pride Partner, to be announced in September. All award winners will be honored at a Sept. 21 ceremony in Washington, D.C., with Secretary Norton and Clint Eastwood, Take Pride in America's spokesman.
"The cornerstone of Take Pride is the belief that individuals need to be engaged to take responsibility for improving their community environment," Norton said. "At Interior we call it 'cooperative conservation,' and Take Pride's award-winning volunteers are helping to turn this philosophy into action."
"Take Pride in America has grown by leaps and bounds, and I'm delighted at the number of nominations received for this year's awards program," said Marti Allbright, Take Pride in America executive director. "The 2004 winners certainly represent the best of our nation's public stewardship."
This year's winners, in the following categories, include:
Federal Volunteer Program
The awards program is open to individuals and public and private groups that have contributed to the protection or enhancement of America's historic sites, local playgrounds and other recreation areas. Winners are selected by a panel of reviewers from nominations received.
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