Grand Prize Newman’s Own Award Recipient Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder & President of Give an Hour, center, poses for a photo with Tony Lombardo, Military Times, left; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, second from left; Jeffrey Smith, Newman’s Own; and Dave Coker, Fisher House Foundation, right, during the 17th Annual Newman’s Own Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Washington.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Newman’s Own joined co-sponsors Fisher House Foundation and Military Times at the 17th annual Newman’s Own Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes to honor five non-profit organizations for their innovative programs created to improve military quality of life.
The annual competition seeks to reward ingenuity for programs that benefit service men and women and their families. As the event commenced, General Joseph Dunford, 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced the recipients of the awards, totaling $200,000. He was joined in presenting the awards by Jeffrey Smith, Vice President of Operations of Newman’s Own, Inc.; David Coker, President of Fisher House Foundation; and Tony Lombardo, Executive Editor of Military Times. The five winning organizations include Give an Hour, FITSI Foundation, Dryhootch of America, Inc., Military Spouse JD Network Foundation and Project MEND.
Give an Hour received the highest honor, and a $50,000 award. Located in Bethesda, MD, Give an Hour, founded in 2005, has created a network of mental health professionals, who donate their time to meet the mental health needs of service members and families affected by the post-9/11 conflicts. To date, they have provided more than 200,000 hours of care and support to those in need.
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