Randy Owen receives honor
Monday, April 20, 2009
– Randy Owen, the front man for Alabama, was presented the Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award today from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Owen was announced as the Award recipient last month, but a snow storm that blanketed the southeast and mmid-Atlantic prevented him from accepting the honor at a ceremony held in Washington.
Owen is the first recipient of the award named in memory of Donald R. Myers, former board member of the Development District Association of Appalachia. The award was presented to Owen on behalf of his efforts raising money for the citizens of Appalachia in Alabama and other states. For 16 years, the Alabama June Jam raised hundreds of thousands of dollars used for many projects including scholarships for youth of the region. "While we have given to many worthwhile organizations over the years, I am most proud of the scholarships that many kids of the Appalachia region have received. Many of these students could have fallen through the cracks. I am proud to have been a part of enriching their lives"
"The June Jam is one of numerous efforts I am proud to have been a part of. I grew up here and these people are just like me. I am blessed to be in a position to help and will continue to do my part"
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