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Eight celebrities will judge fourth annual Volvo for life Awards, nation’s largest search for hometown heroes
Hero nominations accepted at www.volvoforlifeawards.com through Jan. 31, 2006
(NEW YORK) Jan. 16, 2006 – Do you know an individual in your community doing the extraordinary? If so, celebrities such as Senator Bill Bradley, Hank Aaron and Caroline Kennedy could select your hero as “America’s Greatest Hometown Hero” in the Volvo for life Awards, the nation’s largest search for and celebration of hometown heroes. Nominate your hero at www.volvoforlifeawards.com through Jan. 31, 2006.
Additional Volvo for life Awards judges include Sir Richard Branson, Paul Newman, Maya Lin, Dr. Sally Ride, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Hope Bevilhymer, last year’s grand Volvo for life Awards winner.
Led by Volvo Cars of North America, the fourth annual initiative celebrates and rewards local heroes with $1 million in financial contributions. One hometown hero will win a Volvo car for life. Volvo calls for people to nominate a hometown hero they know who is doing the extraordinary in safety, quality of life or environment at www.volvoforlifeawards.com.
“Volvo’s most sincere gratitude goes out to the Volvo for life Awards judges, who time and time again come together to select the year’s greatest hometown heroes,” said Anne Bélec, president and chief executive officer of Volvo Cars of North America. “They are an inspiring group of individuals making an incredible impact on the world.”
In March 2006, Volvo will announce the names of 100 semi-finalists and honor their individual accomplishments with a Certificate of Merit. Three finalists in each nomination category will then be selected.
The panel of distinguished judges representing some of the world’s foremost experts on conscience, care and character will name one winner for each of the three categories. The category winners each will receive $50,000 to be donated to the charities of their choice. The remaining six finalists each will receive a $25,000 charitable donation.
On April 12, 2006, Volvo will honor the three category winners at the Volvo for life Awards Ceremony in New York City at the Rainbow Room. Each year the event features top music entertainment and a celebrity host, as well as documentaries profiling the category winners. The grand award winner, selected by the judges, will be named “America’s Greatest Hometown Hero” and presented with a Volvo car every three years for the rest of his or her life.
To learn more or to nominate a hero, visit www.volvoforlifeawards.com. A Spanish version of the site can also be accessed at this address.
Volvo for life Awards Judges
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Haberman & Associates,
Volvo Cars of North America,
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