Dianne Callister Named 2010 National Mother of the Year
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Project Give Founder Recognized During Group`s 75th Anniversary Celebration NEW YORK--(Business Wire)-- Dianne Callister, President of the Singer Foundation and Executive Director of Project Give, has been named the 2010 National Mother of the Year by American Mothers Inc (AMI). The award was announced at the organization`s 75th Anniversary gala May 1 at New York City`s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The award honors mothers who perform extraordinary deeds within their families as well as their communities. Callister was recognized for her service as a mother and involvement in the community. Through the Singer Foundation and Project Give, she has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children throughout the world. Along with her husband of 26 years and four children, every member of the Callister family is active in giving back through various charitable initiatives. "Dianne`s record speaks for itself," says Deanne Taylor, American Mothers Inc. President. "She is a tireless and enthusiastic advocate for giving back and because of that, she has changed the lives of countless people. Even with her charitable deeds, she has never lost sight of her role as the spiritual and moral compass for own family." The National Mother of the Year serves as a spokesperson for the organization and an ambassador to other groups with similar objectives. Callister will visit many state chapters of AMI, while also helping it set strategic goals as a member of the board. "Knowing the history of this organization, and the caliber of the women involved, I`m honored that they selected me," Callister says. "Motherhood is the ultimate career, and I`m thankful there`s an organization dedicated to honoring and supporting moms." Callister was entered as a finalist after winning the California Mother of the Year in January. Her Singer Foundation provides funds and leadership for projects affecting children around the world. Project Give is a groundbreaking concept among non-profits in that it empowers middle school students to become involved in their communities. The students are granted as much as $5,000 and instructed to use it to solve community problems at their discretion. American Mothers Inc. was formed by Mr. J.C. Penney`s Golden Rule Foundation in the early 1930s as a committee to honor mothers. The first National Mother of the Year was presented to Lucy Keen Johnson of Georgia in 1935. Every year since then AMI has named a Mother of the Year from among the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Today AMI is the official sponsor of Mother`s Day. For more information on American Mothers Inc. please visit http://www.americanmothers.org/. Follow them on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/americanmothers and Facebook. For more information about Project Give please visit http://www.project-give.org. Follow Project Give on Twitter and visit their page on Facebook. About Project Give Project Give is a program designed to inform middle school-aged kids about the needs and concerns in the world around them. Like its parent organization, The Singer Foundation, Project Give is dedicated to making a difference in the world by bringing people together to create positive change. As a part of Project Give, middle schools are provided with up to $5,000 grants to fund mini-foundations created by the students. Under the guidance of adult facilitators, the students conduct careful research regarding the areas of need within their own community and, working together as a team, allot their funding and time to the charities that address the issues with which they are most concerned. Visit the Project Give home page at http://www.project-give.org. Project Give Brandon Carter, 801-755-3335 Brandon@project-give.org Copyright Business Wire 2010
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