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Associations recognized for making a difference worldwide

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry were recently recognized with the 2010 Associations Make a Better World Award, sponsored by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership.

Introduced in 2002, the awards recognize association programs, projects and activities that make a significant contribution to society and economies around the world, in two categories: U.S./Developed Nations and Developing Nations. Representatives from each of the overall award-winning associations will receive the Award at ASAE & The Center’s 2010 Annual Meeting & Exposition, Aug. 21-24 in Los Angeles.

“The reach of the association community goes far beyond the U.S. borders, with many internationally-based associations making significant contributions to local communities around the world,” said John H. Graham IV, CAE, president and CEO of ASAE & The Center. “ASAE & The Center is proud to recognize the social, economic and advocacy contributions of associations working internationally. We hope to raise awareness of the wide impact of our community worldwide.”

This year, the following organizations were selected to receive the Award:

U.S./Developed Nation Category: Overall Winner
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Program: Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE) Network
San Francisco, Calif.

Honorable Mention
Soroptimist International of the Americas
Program: Soroptimist Disaster Grants for Women and Girls
Philadelphia, Penn.

Developing Nation Category: Overall Winner
Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Program: Cebu Business Month
Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Honorable Mention
Muntinlupa Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Program:  Community Relations Program
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Judging is based on five elements in the areas of impact, innovation, involvement, resource utilization and sustainability.

Those interested in the Associations Make a Better World Awards can visit the web site at www.asaecenter.org/betterworld.

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