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Twenty One Winners Named in First Round of 2009 AAA Awards

March 2, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC—Twenty one associations have been recognized with an Award of Excellence in the first round of judging for the 2009 Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards program, sponsored by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership.

Now in its 19th year, the AAA Awards program recognizes associations and industry partners that improve the quality of life in America with innovative programs in education, skills training, standard setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship and community service.

Selected by a panel of peers twice per year, Award of Excellence winners are automatically entered into consideration for the Summit Award, ASAE & The Center’s highest association honor. Summit Award winners will be honored at ASAE & The Center’s Summit Awards Dinner, September 29 in Washington, DC.

“Congratulations to the first round of winners of the 2009 Associations Advance America Awards,” said Janet C. Gibbs, CPA, chief financial officer of Feeding America and 2008-2009 chair of ASAE & The Center’s Associations Advance America Committee. “We received a great deal of interest in the first round of the awards this year and it was a challenging task to select the winners. It is always inspiring to see how so many organizations engage their members, volunteers and other resources in efforts that directly benefit people. It is that public benefit role of associations that we celebrate with the AAA Awards.”

Any association is eligible to enter the AAA Awards. The 21 most recent winners were chosen from nearly 140 entries submitted by the December 17, 2008 deadline.

The following programs were honored with a 2008 AAA Award of Excellence:

Building Owners and Managers Association International
The 7 Point Challenge
Washington, DC

Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Massachusetts Community Health Center Primary Care Provider Loan Repayment Program
Boston, MA

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Balboa Park Safe, Accessible Playground Build
Rosemont, IL

Association of Legal Administrators
ALA’s 10th Annual Community Challenge Weekend
Lincolnshire, IL

Baton Rouge Bar Association
Teen Court of Greater Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, LA

Iowa Dental Association
Iowa Mission of Mercy
Johnston, IA

Meals On Wheels Association of America
Mayors for Meals
Alexandria, VA

North Carolina Dental Society
NCDS Dental Access Days- Rocky Mount Clinic
Raleigh, NC

Women’s Basketball Coaches Association
WBCA Pink Zone
Lilburn, GA

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Culturally Competent Care Education Initiative
Rosemont, IL

American Medical Student Association
AMSA PharmFree Campaign
Reston, VA

Direct Marketing Association
DMA “Green 15” Standards & Environmental Action Program
Washington, DC

Alabama Hospital Association
Scale Back Alabama
Montgomery, AL

American Society for Radiation Oncology
Facts to Help Patients Understand Their Treatment
Fairfax, VA

Building Owners and Managers Association International
BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP)
Washington, DC

Emergency Nurses Association
2008 ENA National Scorecard
Des Plaines, IL

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program
Mount Prospect, IL

School Nutrition Association
Vote for School Lunch 2008- Presidential Edition
Alexandria, VA

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Moody’s Mega Math Challenge
Philadelphia, PA

Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
The Basic Skills Initiative- Phase II
Sacramento, CA

National Association of REALTORS
Green Training Program for Real Estate Agents
Chicago, IL

In addition to the Award of Excellence winners, 24 organizations were named to the 2009 Associations Advance America Honor Roll. For more information about ASAE & The Center’s AAA Awards, please visit our Web site at

MEDIA CONTACT: Jakub Konysz, 202-626-2831, 

About ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership
ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership are two organizations linked together by a common belief and passion. The American Society of Association Executives is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in 50 countries around the world. The Center for Association Leadership is the premier provider of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association profession. Together, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership provide resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association community. For more information about ASAE & The Center, please visit


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