February 22, 2007

Nominees sought for Inspiring Families Award

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Programs and organizations that benefit Hoosier families once again have the chance to receive a $1,500 prize as part of Purdue University's sixth annual Inspiring Families and Building Communities Award.

Organizations or programs that improve the well-being of Indiana families will be considered. Youth programs that serve both caregivers and children also are encouraged to apply. The award, sponsored by Purdue's College of Consumer and Family Sciences, honors organizations that emphasize unifying the family and have a direct impact on the community.

Nominations must be received by March 30 and must have the endorsement of a local community foundation officer. Visit http://www.cfs.purdue.edu/
pages/news_events/IFBCaward.htm
to download an entry form or call (765) 494-8252.

Karen DeZarn, coordinator of the award committee and Purdue's consumer and family sciences Extension assistant program leader, said the award is an important recognition of groups committed to bettering the state.

"We believe that healthy communities support healthy families," DeZarn said. "Nominees and finalists from previous years can reapply and we also accept self-nominations."

Past nominees include organizations that have helped people become more knowledgeable and self-sufficient by connecting family members with their community.

Last year the Scott County Partnership Inc. in Scottsburg was awarded first prize. Two finalists, Cardinal Access/Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation from Muncie and CRADLES from New Castle, won $500 each.

Writer: Tanya Brown, (765) 494-2079, tanyabrown@purdue.edu

Source: Karen DeZarn, (765) 494-8252, kdezarn@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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