Awards for March 2004

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Golden Heart Awards

For: Helping disadvantaged children who are entitled to child support.
By: Association for Children for Enforcement of Support (ACES).
Winners Include: Sheriff James Telb of Lucas County, Ohio, for establishing a Child Support Unit, which last year arrested 747 parents who owed more than $10 million in unpaid child support; and Sheriff Edward Reilly of Nassau County, N.Y., for establishment of the SLAP unit, which investigates the assets of parents who don’t pay child support.
Contact: Gerri Jensen (419) 466-4797,

Families Count Honorees

For: Connecting families to support, opportunities and resources to thrive in “tough” neighborhoods; winners receive an unrestricted award of $500,000.
By: The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Winners Include: Asian American LEAD, Washington; Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center, Washington; Connect Inc., Battleboro, N.C.; Family Services Woodfield, Bridgeport, Conn.; Mutual Assistance Network of Del Paso Heights, Sacramento, Calif.
Contact: (410) 547-6600,

National Missing and Exploited Children’s Awards

For: Outstanding work by law enforcement officers in the recovery of missing children and in helping exploited children.
By: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Winners Include: Special Agent Stacey L. Mitry, FBI, San Jose, Calif., and Detective Larry Johnston, Box Elder County Sheriff’s Department, Brigham, Utah.
Contact: (703) 274-3900,

State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Awards

For: Schools that integrate community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
By: Youth Service America.
Winners Include: Friends School of Atlanta, Decatur, Ga.; Springs Valley Elementary School, French Lick, Ind.; Sara Scott Harlee Middle School, Bradenton, Fla.
Contact: (202) 296-2992 x 31,