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[COMMUNITY] Mary Anne Foo Receives "Unsung Heroines" Award

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    Orange County Resident Receives `Unsung Heroines Award for Leadership in Asian and Pacific Islander Communities Rep. Ed Royce and Mitsubishi Motors U.S.A.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 8 2:08 PM
      Orange County Resident Receives `Unsung Heroines' Award for
      Leadership in Asian and Pacific Islander Communities
      Rep. Ed Royce and Mitsubishi Motors U.S.A. Foundation Honor Founder
      of the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance

      Orange County, CA – U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-40-CA) today
      joined community leaders to present the national 2004 "Unsung
      Heroines" award to Mary Anne Foo, MPH, for her for her work as the
      Executive Director and founder of the Orange County Asian and
      Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA), whose mission is to
      enhance the well-being of Asians and Pacific Islanders by building
      strategic partnerships in the areas of service, education,
      organizing, and research . Through these activities, OCAPICA seeks
      to empower Asians and Pacific Islanders so they can define and
      control their lives and the future of their community.

      "I am truly grateful for this acknowledgement," Ms. Foo
      said. "However, this is really a recognition of many citizens in our
      area who give generously of their time, talents, and dedication to
      improving the communities of Asian and Pacific Islanders. I am
      sincerely grateful to Representative Royce, The Mitsubishi Motors
      USA Foundation, and `To The Contrary With Bonnie Erbe.'"

      Ms. Foo was one of six women recipients chosen across the country to
      be honored with the 2004 "Unsung Heroines" Award. The award -
      sponsored by The Mitsubishi Motors USA Foundation and the PBS-TV
      public affairs show, "To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbe" – recognizes
      women whose behind-the-scenes work in their communities makes a
      lasting, positive impact. Each year, Members of Congress are invited
      by Mitsubishi Motors to present the award to a woman who has given
      her time and energy to improve the lives of others.

      In addition to her work as Executive Director of OCAPICA, Ms. Foo
      has worked the past sixteen years on improving opportunities for low-
      income communities. She is also the principle investigator on
      several research projects focused upon breast and cervical cancer,
      cardiovascular and diabetes, and children's and women's health.

      "Mary Anne's selfless devotion and dedication serves as a reminder
      to all of us that we have an obligation to hold the highest
      standards for our communities," Rep. Royce said. "She is a leader
      and an inspiration, and I am pleased to be with her today as she
      receives this prestigious honor."

      Anna Schneider, Executive Director for Governmental Relations at
      Mitsubishi Motors North America, was also present for the award
      ceremony. Schneider echoed Rep. Moran's remarks, stating: "Mary Anne
      is truly an `Unsung Heroine'. She doesn't do her work with the Asian
      and Pacific Islander community to win recognition or awards; rather,
      she sees a need in her community and simply wants to help. Her work
      has positively impacted the health, education, and quality of life
      among the members of her community."

      This year marks the eighth anniversary of the "Unsung Heroines"
      Awards, which were established by Mitsubishi Motors and "To the
      Contrary with Bonnie Erbe" to recognize and honor women who work
      behind the scenes in their communities to make a difference. Since
      1998, thirty-two women in more than a dozen states and the District
      of Columbia have been recognized as "Unsung Heroines . "

      Each of this year's award recipients has made a significant
      contribution to her community in the areas of providing much-needed
      health care services for communities, finding homes for children of
      incarcerated mothers, and providing a basic infrastructure of
      support for underprivileged families. Award recipients are
      recognized with a $10,000 Foundation grant to each recipient's
      nonprofit organization, and the "Unsung Heroines Award" -- a Steuben
      crystal sculpture, entitled "Star Stream"

      The other 2004 "Unsung Heroine Awards" recipients are:

      • Hayley Ann Head, Upper Arlington, Ohio : Representative Deborah
      Pryce (R-15-OH) will honor Ms. Head for her work as Program Director
      of the TriVillage Mentor League for Big Brothers Big Sisters of
      Central Ohio (BBBS). Ms. Head oversees an award-winning program
      administered by TriVillage for mentoring between adults and high-
      school volunteers and children from the region. During her 2 years
      with the program, Hayley has worked tirelessly to match at-risk area
      children with responsible volunteer mentors who serve as role models
      for the children.

      • Laura and Sheila Braxton, Chicago, Illinois: Rep. Jesse Jackson,
      Jr. (D-2-IL) will honor the Braxtons – a mother-daughter team -- for
      their work to aid the homeless and provide food for the poor
      through "A Little Bit of Heaven," a facility located in Chicago 's
      South Side. "A Little Bit of Heaven" provides around-the-clock
      ministry to residents of the Roseland Community. Certified cooks
      prepare nutritional meals three times each day for clients, and
      provide assistance with substance abuse, medical and financial
      assistance, job training, and other services.

      • Rev. Nicolene Durham, Decantur, Georgia: Rep. Denise Majette (D-4-
      GA) will honor Reverend Durham for her work as the Shelter Manager
      of Hagar's House, an emergency night shelter for women and children
      run by the Decatur Cooperative Ministry. As the Shelter Manager,
      Rev. Durham and fellow volunteers have aimed to fill the gap left by
      other shelters by providing homeless women and children with a
      clean, safe, and supportive environment to get back on their feet.
      Hagar's House offers meals and beds for residents, as well as the
      necessary tools and support for families to make it through
      difficult times.

      • Dr. Patricia O'Connor, Arlington, Virginia: Representative James
      Moran (D-8-VA) will honor Dr. O'Connor for her work at Vanguard
      Services Unlimited, a nonprofit agency that provides substance abuse
      and addiction treatment to more than 1,000 individuals and their
      families each year. For almost 10 years, Dr. O'Connor has served in
      several positions at Vanguard Services, including Chairman and
      member of the Board of Directors. As a volunteer, she developed the
      tutoring program to link Georgetown students with women in recovery
      who have children.

      "To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe," was launched in April 1992 on
      PBS, was envisioned by creator, host and Executive-In-Charge Bonnie
      Erbe as a platform for the multi-faceted views of involved, informed
      women journalists and commentators of all racial and political
      backgrounds. No other show provides such a platform. "To The
      Contrary with Bonnie Erbe" is the only women-owned news analysis
      program on national television. It airs weekly on more than 241 PBS
      stations nationwide.

      The Mitsubishi Motors U.S.A. Foundation was established in 1997 to
      support diversity education and information, advocacy for women and
      people of color, and programs that celebrate diversity. The
      Foundation represents the national philanthropic efforts of
      Mitsubishi Motors North America's Sales, Manufacturing, Finance, and
      Research and Development divisions.

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