AMERICA'S TOP THREE HOMETOWN HEROES NAMED
IN NATIONAL SEARCH FOR EVERYDAY HEROES
Heroes to be Honored at First-Ever
Volvo for Life Awards Ceremony April 16 in Times Square
Awards presented by Hank Aaron, Bill Bradley, Dr. Jane Goodall,
Maya Lin, Dr. Sally Ride and Eunice Kennedy Shriver;
Music by Wallflowers, Los Lobos and Heather Headley;
Hosted by Jim Belushi
NEW YORK CITY (April 9, 2003) - An advocate for domestic abuse survivors, a supporter of Hmong refugee women seeking jobs, and a champion for Native Americans seeking adequate housing have been selected as the nation's three top hometown heroes in the first-ever Volvo for Life Awards.
In its inaugural year, the Volvo for Life Awards is the largest-ever national search for and celebration of everyday heroes, with Volvo Cars of North America providing more than $1 million in awards and contributions.
The winners will be honored Wed., April 16, 2003 in New York City at the 2003 Volvo for Life Awards Ceremony. They are:
Held in Times Square Studios, Ltd., the event will be hosted by Jim Belushi, feature music performances by The Wallflowers, Los Lobos and Heather Headley, and include awards presentations by program judges Hank Aaron, Bill Bradley, Dr. Jane Goodall, Maya Lin, Dr. Sally Ride and Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
Launched December 2002, the Volvo for Life Awards called for individuals nationwide to nominate a hometown hero they know at www.volvoforlifeawards.com. In three months, Volvo received 2,036 nominations representing all 50 states.
In March, the distinguished panel of judges - Aaron, Bradley, Goodall, Lin, Ride, Shriver, Caroline Kennedy and Paul Newman - selected the winners.
At the ceremony, Volvo and the judges will present the three winning heroes, and Volvo will make a $50,000 donation to the charity of each winner's choice. In addition, they will announce the program's top winner, who will receive a Volvo car for the rest of his or her life.
"Our distinguished judges have selected three powerful individuals as winners. Their heroic accomplishments should serve as an inspiration to everyone," said Vic Doolan, president and chief executive officer for Volvo Cars of North America. "Countless immigrants in need, abuse survivors seeking support and Native Americans have all been tremendously impacted by Pamela, Bao and Robert's efforts. It's an honor for us to honor them for the conscience, care and character that so clearly makes them heroes."
The 2003 Volvo for Life Awards will be held Wed., April 16, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Times Square Studios, Ltd., 44th and Broadway, New York. For more information on the Volvo for Life Awards and to view stories of hundreds of this year's nominees, including the three winners, visit www.volvoforlifeawards.com.
2003 Volvo for Life Awards Winners
Contact: Media must RSVP to attend the 2003 Volvo for Life Awards
Eric Davis, Haberman & Associates, 612-338-3900, email@example.com.
Sören Johansson, Volvo Cars of North America, 949-341-6719, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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