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Beck PRIDE Center selected as one of 11
recipients of 2009 "Newman's Own" award
Sept. 10, 2009 --
The Beck PRIDE
Center for America’s Wounded Veterans at Arkansas State
University-Jonesboro has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious
10th annual Newman’s Own Award. Chancellor Robert L. Potts
accepted the $5,000 award at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., today as
awards totaling $75,000 were presented to 11 volunteer organizations for
their innovative programs to improve military quality of life.
The competition, which rewards programs that benefit service men and
women and their families, was sponsored by Newman’s Own, Fisher House
Foundation, and Military Times Media Group.
Admiral Mike Mullen, U.S. Navy, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, who
gave remarks, was joined by the president of Newman’s Own, Tom Indoe,
Fisher House Foundation trustee Tammy Fisher, and president of Army
Times Publishing Co. Elaine Howard to present the awards.
"At the Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans, we
feel honored to be a recipient organization,” said Susan Tonymon,
director of the Beck PRIDE Center. “We will utilize the generous
support from the Fisher House Foundation to make a significant impact
for the military service members in our program.
“It is particularly meaningful that ‘Newman’s Own Award’ founder, the
extraordinary actor Paul Newman, was also a decorated Navy World War II
veteran. Therefore, we pledge to do our very best to use these resources
to provide innovative solutions to improve the quality of life for
active duty, reserve or National Guard injured combat veterans and their
families,” concluded Tonymon.
Six judges evaluated the 112 total entries which were based on each
organization’s impact to the respective communities, creativity and
“We feel privileged to be recognized by the Fisher House Foundation for
the Newman’s Own Award,” Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of
Nursing and Health Professions. “Paul Newman has touched the lives of
thousands of service men, women and their families through his generous
donation to the Fisher House. What an honor to be a recipient!”
The Beck PRIDE Center is named in honor of donors Buddy G. and Charlotte
Beck of Fairfax Station, Va., who were present for the awards ceremony.
While in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes, where the ceremony was
conducted, Beck showed Chancellor Potts the name of George Kenton Sisler,
who died in combat in Viet Nam and later was awarded the Medal of Honor
for his heroic actions. While they were students at what was then
Arkansas State College, Beck and Sisler were in ROTC together and
fraternity brothers in Sigma Pi.
“PRIDE” is an acronym for Personal Rehabilitation, Individual
Development and Education. The center opened in 2007 and has served more
than 135 active duty or discharged service members and their families of
all branches of military service from across the United States.
Arkansas State University is a military-friendly institution which
offers comprehensive higher education programs and degrees that directly
support veterans. The school also has an active ROTC program and houses
the 875th Arkansas National Guard Armory.
The mission of the Beck PRIDE Center is: ‘To
provide combat wounded veterans with first class educational programs
and services at Arkansas State University. These include, but are not
limited to: resources to access to the higher education experience,
resources for counseling, personal rehabilitation, advocacy, and
financial assistance. We are dedicated to helping these individuals to
achieve their post military service
TOP PHOTO: (From left) Newman's Own President Tom
Indoe, Chancellor Robert L. Potts, Fisher House Foundation trustee Tammy
BOTTOM PHOTO: (From left) Newman's Own President Tom Indoe, Admiral Mike
Mullen, Emily Nolan (granddaughter of Buddy G. and Charlotte Beck).