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Thirteen Organizations Receive Award of Excellence in First Round of AAA Awards

February 22, 2010

WASHINGTON—Thirteen organizations have been recognized with an Award of Excellence in the first round of judging for the 2010 Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards program, sponsored by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership.

Now in its 20th 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 of two separate judging rounds 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.

“The winners of the first round of the 2010 judging represent a diverse group of programs and initiatives from a wide range of backgrounds,” said Ping Wei, M. Ed., CAE, director of educational activities for the American Society of Civil Engineers and chair of ASAE & The Center’s Associations Advance America Committee. “That’s what I think makes this a very special program. It underlines the importance of our organizations and their work in communities throughout the country. The first round was tough with lots of excellent entries and I’m looking forward to the second round of judging of other outstanding programs.”

Any association is eligible to enter the AAA Awards. The deadline for the second round is April 23, 2010.

The following programs were honored with a 2010 AAA Award of Excellence:

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
“Community Animal Research Environment (CARE)”
Memphis, TN

American Immigration Lawyers Association
“AILA Military Assistance Program (MAP)”
Washington, DC

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
“Domestic Violence and Family Courts Project”
Madison, WI

Minnesota Grocers Association
“Minnesota’s Own”
St. Paul, MN

Napa Valley Vintners
St. Helena, CA

Napa Valley Vintners
“Napa Valley Vintners 5x5 Community Promise”
St. Helena, CA

National Association of Broadcasters
“Digital Television (DTV) Transition Consumer Education Campaign”
Washington, DC

National Auto Body Council
“Recycled Rides”
Boston, MA

National Council of Teachers of English
“National Gallery of Writing/National Day on Writing”
Urbana, IL

National Shooting Sports Foundation
“Project ChildSafe”
Newtown, CT

North Dakota Farm Bureau
“Buy a Sandbag for a Buck Fund”
Fargo, ND

Professional Landcare Network
“PLANET Day of Service”
Herndon, VA

South Carolina Bar
“Families Forever”
Columbia, SC

In addition to the Award of Excellence winners, 24 organizations were named to the 2010 Associations Advance America Honor Roll. For more information about ASAE & The Center’s AAA Awards, visit

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

About ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership
The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) 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 provides 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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