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Wake Forest service group wins award

November 3, 2006

Helping to Overcome Physical Expectations (HOPE), a Wake Forest University student organization, was awarded the Strategic Partner Award by The Children’s Center for the Physically Disabled.

The award, given annually since 1999 to the group or individual with the most significant impact on the quality of the Children’s Center’s programming, was presented at a luncheon Oct. 26 to HOPE President Erica Lunsford and HOPE Founder Jonathan Barry.

HOPE is a group of 170 Wake Forest student volunteers who work to enrich the lives of mentally and/or physically disabled children in the Winston-Salem area.  Volunteers work one-on-one with children at The Children’s Center, The Special Children’s School and Carter Vocational High School.

Past winners of the Strategic Partner Award have included the Winston-Salem Foundation, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation and Graylyn Conference Center.

The Children’s Center for the Physically Disabled operates as a year-round program to serve children with special needs.  Founded in 1952, the Center’s mission is to serve and educate children with orthopedic and/or other long-term, chronic health impairments, providing them with an opportunity to develop to their fullest capacity – physically, mentally, and socially.  Working with children in a specially equipped and professionally staffed environment, the purpose is to prepare each student for an independent, contributing and fulfilling life.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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