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National Hero Poll Closing Soon: Less than one week until celebrity judges review nation's favorite heroes

National Hero Poll Closing Soon: Less than one week until celebrity judges review nation's favorite heroes


Voting open through Jan. 7, 2008 for 6th Annual Volvo for life Awards


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IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 2, 2008) -- Time is running out! Less than one week remains to visit and vote for your favorite hometown heroes in the 6th Annual Volvo for life Awards -- the nation's largest annual search for and celebration of everyday heroes. When the poll closes Jan. 7, 2008, the top three vote getters in the categories of Safety, Quality of Life, Environment and the Butterfly Award, Volvo's youth category, will be in the hands of celebrities including Sen. Bill Bradley, Hank Aaron and Dr. Sally Ride who will choose and name the winners. In March, one of those winners will be named "America's Greatest Hometown Hero" and receive a new Volvo car every three years for life.


Volvo Cars of North America has led this national initiative since 2002, honoring and rewarding local heroes. So far, 10 heroes have been selected in the categories of Safety, Quality of Life, Environment and the Butterfly Award.  The voting period will determine three finalists in each category. Visit to vote and learn more about how these amazing hometown heroes are giving back to their communities.


This year, Volvo doubled the charitable donation amount given to the top three winners.  One top hero in each of the categories of Safety, Quality of Life and Environment will receive $100,000 for their charities; two runners-up in each category will receive $25,000.  One extraordinary winner will go on to receive the title "America's Greatest Hometown Hero," and with it, a new Volvo car every three years for life.  Each winner will be recognized at the annual Volvo for life Awards Ceremony in New York City, March 19, 2008.


A fourth Volvo for life Awards category is up for grabs this year - but only America's kids are eligible for it.  Volvo is elevating its annual Butterfly Award to its own youth hero category - with a $25,000 prize for the winner and $10,000 to two runners-up.


When the voting period ends Jan. 7, 2008, a panel of distinguished judges including Hank Aaron, Bill Bradley, Dr. Sally Ride, Maya Lin, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Mae Jemison and Edsel Ford, will select one winner from the three finalists in each of the four categories.


To learn more, or to vote for your favorite hero, visit A Spanish version of the site can also be accessed at this address. To view mini documentaries of previous heroes, visit


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Contact: Kim McMartin, Haberman & Associates, 612-372-6464,

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