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AAA Wins 2007 Summit Award For RACE: Are We So Different? ASAE and The Center’s Top National Honor
The cream has risen, and the AAA came out on top—as one of six associations to receive the Summit Award—the American Society of Association Executive (ASAE) & The Center for Association Leadership’s top national honor for association excellence in community-based programming.
The AAA will receive the Summit Award—for work on the RACE: Are We So Different? program—at the 8th Annual Summit Awards Dinner on September 25 at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. The Summit Award recipients of 2007 were chosen from a field of 46 Award of Excellence winners from three earlier rounds of judging this year.
The Associations Advance America Awards are presented year-round to recognize the powerful ways in which associations propel America forward—through innovative projects in public education/information, economic development, business and social innovation, skills training/development and civic and volunteer activities.
More than 1,100 guests are scheduled to attend the Summit Awards Dinner—a unique fundraising event bringing together association executives with business and industry leaders to celebrate the achievements of the association community. Proceeds from the dinner will directly benefit ASAE’s Associations Advance America Fund. Winners will present a three-minute video prepared by the Associations Advancement American Awards program to highlight their association’s achievements in community programming. The RACE program awards video will incorporate footage from the RACE exhibit and the RACE project website, www.understandingRACE.org.
The RACE: Are We So Different? program was developed over five years with $4 million in funding from the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the AAA. The program includes a 5,000 square foot traveling museum exhibition, an interactive website, and educational materials. The program takes a comprehensive, integrative and fresh look at the history, science and lived experience of race and racism in the United States. Over 500,000 people have viewed the RACE program exhibit and website since the program’s launch in January 2007. The RACE exhibit is engaged in a five-year tour of 13 US cities. The exhibit opens at Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas on September 22, 2007.