Local and National Leaders in Ending Homelessness to be Honored at the 2010 Alliance Awards Ceremony

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Former MLB first baseman Maurice “Mo” Vaughn, Senator Patty Murray, UNITY of Greater New Orleans, and Virgin Mobile USA and Virgin Unite selected as 2010 Alliance awardees

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Every year, we pause to acknowledge the leaders in the field. This year, we have the opportunity to honor four luminaries -- people taking bold new steps, facing the hardest challenges, advancing the best innovation

The country’s most dedicated leaders in homelessness policies and programs will be honored at the annual 2010 National Alliance to End Homelessness (Alliance) Awards Ceremony.

Of the countless local and national leaders worthy of such recognition, the Alliance has chosen the following awardees:

  • Maurice Samuel “Mo” Vaughn

Former Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman turned housing advocate, Mo Vaughn followed his athletic career by launching Omni New York LLC -- a development firm focusing on affordable housing and community partnership. For his commitment to accessible housing and communities, the Alliance will honor him with the John W. Macy Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Senator Patty Murray

A long-time defender of children and education, Senator Murray has emerged as a leading voice on housing and homelessness. The Alliance will present her with the Public Sector Achievement Award to honor her work advancing ways to prevent and end homelessness.

  • UNITY of Greater New Orleans

UNITY of Greater New Orleans has been a leader in the effort to re-house residents still suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. For the organization’s steadfast commitment to re-housing the most vulnerable New Orleanians -- years after the clamor of Hurricane Katrina -- the Alliance will honor UNITY of Greater New Orleans with the Nonprofit Achievement Award.

  • Virgin Mobile USA and Virgin Unite

In partnership with Virgin Unite, Virgin Mobile USA launched the RE*Generation campaign, a movement to raise awareness about homeless youth. To date, the innovative new campaign has committed more than $3 million of marketing and direct investment support to local homeless agencies. The Alliance will honor Virgin Mobile and Virgin Unite with the Private Sector Achievement Award.

“Every year, we pause to acknowledge the leaders in the field. This year, we have the opportunity to honor four luminaries -- people taking bold new steps, facing the hardest challenges, advancing the best innovation,” said Nan Roman, president of the Alliance. “As we take a moment to honor their achievement, we reflect back on our communal goal. Together -- with commitment, cooperation, and leadership -- we can end homelessness in the United States. Together, we can ensure that everyone has a place to call home.”

Special guest Mighty Sam McClain will present a special musical performance during the ceremony, and PBS senior correspondent Judy Woodruff will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

The Awards Ceremony will start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

What:
National Alliance to End Homelessness Awards Ceremony

When:
Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Where:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

Contact:
Catherine An
202-942-8297
can(at)naeh(dot)org

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