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Community quarterback award finalists named

NFL Charities to Donate Nearly $1 Million in Recognition of Community Volunteers

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced seven local finalists for the 2003 PARADE/Jaguars Community Quarterback Award, a volunteer recognition program that will donate nearly $1 million leaguewide to community organizations served by outstanding volunteers.

The regionally based nonprofit organizations listed below will receive $1,000 grants on behalf of their volunteers who are eligible for the award. One volunteer will be named the 2003 PARADE/Jaguars Community Quarterback and will have a $10,000 grant donated in his or her name to the charity for which they volunteer. One runner-up will also be selected from the group below and receive a $5,000 grant for his or her designated charity.

Funded by NFL Charities, the NFL Community Quarterback Award recognizes community and youth volunteers who demonstrate leadership, dedication and a commitment to bettering their communities. The nomination process is fulfilled by charitable organizations that nominate their notable volunteers. NFL Charities will donate grants to the nonprofit establishments served by the award winners. A local nomination committee made up of team representatives and community leaders reviewed nominations in order to select this year's finalists.

Jaguars owners Delores Barr and Wayne Weaver will recognize the finalists and announce the team winner at a luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on January 13 in the Terrace Suite at ALLTEL Stadium. All 32 team winners become eligible for the national NFL Community Quarterback Award, to be announced on Super Bowl Sunday by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by the NFL. NFL Charities will make an additional $25,000 donation to the organization where the national winner volunteers.

NFL Charities, created in 1973, is a nonprofit organization created by the member clubs of the National Football League to enable the clubs to collectively make grants to charitable and worthwhile causes on the national level. Since its inception, NFL Charities has made more than $70 million in grant commitments to more than 250 different organizations.

Finalists for the 2003 PARADE/Jaguars Community Quarterback Award:

Mr. George Corey, Duval County 4-H Foundation, Inc.

Mr. Pete Dowling, NEFBA Builders Care

Mr. Ron Farb, Climb for Cancer Foundation

Ms. Florestine Meeks, Housing Partnership of Jacksonville, Inc.

Mr. Bob Ware, HabiJax

Ms. Cynthia Williams, The Historic St. Johns County Police Athletic League

Ms. Dee Wilson, The Family Nurturing Center

For more information, please contact the Jaguars Community Relations department at (904) 633-6136.

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