Tuesday, April 27, 1999
Tables turned on do-gooders
Twin brothers get $10,000 for efforts
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The Griffiths twins took top honors Monday for their double dose of generosity.
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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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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