Tuesday, April 27, 1999

Tables turned on do-gooders

Twin brothers get $10,000 for efforts

The Cincinnati Enquirer

For their contribution to the annual "Make a Difference Day," Urusuline Academy students Lauren Jung, center, and and Kristin Pearson receive a plaque and $250 check Monday.
(Michael Snyder photo)
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        The Griffiths twins took top honors Monday for their double dose of generosity.

        Jeffrey, a Miami University of Ohio student, and his brother, Frank, at the University of Virginia, won $10,000 as 1999 honorees of the National Make A Difference Day.

        In all, 10 groups nationally won $10,000 checks for charitable work they did Oct. 24 — Make A Difference Day. (The Griffiths were the only local winners.)

        Jeffrey organized a “free store” for needy people and a volunteer crew to make 1,000 sandwiches to feed homeless people. Frank's work included a book drive, visits with elderly people, a carnival for needy children and an orchard-gleaning project that saved 17,000 pounds of apples for a food bank.

        Each recruited more than 1,000 volunteers. Their $10,000 award will be divided between the University of Virginia Fund and the Miami University Make A Difference Day Organizational Fund.

        During a Monday afternoon reception at The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Griffiths, along with the following seven state and local winners, were awarded for their service:

        • American Airlines, which was honored by USA Weekend as one the 104 “State Winners.”

        • LensCrafters, for its participation in the company's nationwide “Make A Difference Day” volunteer project.

        • The city of Fairfield. In October, Make A Difference Day co-co-chairwomen Kris Roselle, Janice Urbanik and Peggy Sullivan organized 184 volunteers for a communitywide drive for winter clothing, nonperishable food and eyeglasses.

        • Lauren Jung and Kristin Pear son, students at Ursuline Academy in Blue Ash.

        • Alexandria United Methodist Church's youth group. The group reached its goal of collecting 5,000 canned-food items to donate to two charities, the Brighton Center and Ida Spence Mission.

        • David Tressler, Emily Schutte and Xavier Action, a student-run community service organization at Xavier University. More than 160 students fanned out over the community on “Make a Difference Day.” They painted classrooms and a day care, cleaned up litter and visited sick and elderly people.

        • Sharon Rinner and Judy Murray, who co-chaired a “Make A Difference Day” literacy project at Guardian Angels School in Mount Washington.

        The event is sponsored by USA Weekend magazine; 541 newspaper carriers, including those at the Enquirer; and the Points of Light Foundation.


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