Lions Club, District 22-W, receives award from Nancy Cordes, CBS Congressional Correspondent.
Lions Club of Thurmont, Md. gets award from Newman's Own. Tom Indo, President, CEO of Newman's Own, Tony Danza, actor, Larry Kramer, President and Publisher of USA Today, and Delores Morton, President of Points of Light (L to R) Photo: Jay Westcott
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA 9) --- The Lions Club of Thurmont, Md., earned the honor for outstanding volunteer work at the annual Make a Difference Day Awards.
Last October on the annual day of service, the Lions Club District 22-W had 1,200 volunteers complete over 70 volunteer projects throughout five counties of Western Maryland.
"Food drives, clothing drives. A couple of clubs sponsored a donate life symposium. How much better can you get than giving somebody a second chance at life?" said Shirley Long, the Lions Club District Coordinator for Make A Difference Day. The club has participated in the annual day of service for over six years.
The Lions Club was one of thirteen volunteer projects honored during a luncheon at the Carnegie Library. An additional "All Star" award celebrated a previous winner who continues to excel at service.
WUSA9's parent company, Gannett, USA Weekend magazine, Points of Light and Newman's Own joined together to distinguish 10 individuals or groups and three cities for outstanding volunteer work on the national Make A Difference Day last October.
"We had two [wheelchair] ramps built and we also cleaned up yards for the elderly and a deaf person. It was just incredible how all of our Lion members, Lionesses and Leos got out," said Long.
The Lions Club was awarded $10,000 to donate to two non-profit organizations of their choice.
"The Lions Club is a really perfect example of an organization that adapts to the needs of their communities. One by one, projects come along, and they just keep doing them," said Larry Kramer, president and publisher of USA Today.
Tony Danza, actor and best-selling author, gave the keynote speech. He shared what his father told him about helping out the needy:
"The model of America is E Pluribus Unum. It's Latin for 'Out of Many, One.' My father used to paraphrase it. He'd say, 'Remember pal, E Pluribus Unum. We're all in this together."
Reported/Written by: Elizabeth Jia
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