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04.20.09
Randy Owen receives Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award


FORT PAYNE, ALABAMA, Randy Owen, the front man for the legendary Country Music Group Alabama, was presented the "Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award" today from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The award was presented to Mr. Owen by Alabama Congressman Robert B. Aderhold (4th dist. AL "R" Haleyville).

Owen was announced as the Award recipient last month, but a snow storm that blanketed the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic prevented him from accepting the honor at a ceremony held in Washington, DC.

Randy Owen is the first recipient of the award named in memory of Donald R. Myers, Former Board Member of the Development District Association Of Appalachia. The award was presented to Mr. Owen on behalf of his tireless efforts raising money for the citizens of Appalachia in Alabama and other states. For 16 years the "Alabama June Jam" raised hundreds of thousands of dollars used for many projects including scholarships for deserving youth of the region. "While we have given to many worthwhile organizations over the years, I am most proud of the scholarships that many kids of the Appalachia region have received. Many of these students could have "fallen through the cracks". I am proud to have been a part of enriching their lives" Said Mr. Owen. "The June Jam" is one of numerous efforts I am proud to have been a part of. I grew up here and these people are just like me. I am blessed to be in a position to help and will continue to do my part"

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