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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release

CASE Announces 2010 Recipients of Distinguished Service Awards

Five Honored for Outstanding Service to Education, Advancement

WASHINGTON, D.C-The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today announced the 2010 recipients of its five Distinguished Service Awards.

This annual program honors individuals and organizations for extraordinary service to education and the field of educational advancement, which includes alumni relations, fundraising, communications and marketing.

CASE will recognize the winners at a luncheon on Monday, July 19, in conjunction with the CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders in New York City.

According to CASE President John Lippincott, "This year's winners stand as exemplars for those who believe in helping educational institutions fulfill their missions and in making a real difference in the lives of the students they serve."

"Included among this year's winners," Lippincott said, "are a pioneering fundraiser who has helped shape the profession and has mentored a new generation of professionals; a visionary foundation that has enabled tens of thousands of deserving students to complete their degrees; a university alumna who has devoted three decades and logged untold miles in support of her alma mater; a leader in independent school marketing who has been an indefatigable volunteer with CASE; and an enlightened corporate leader who has supported scholarships and business programs at both universities and community colleges."

The 2010 CASE Distinguished Service Awards winners are:

Curtis R. Simic, recipient of the CASE Lifetime Achievement Award. Simic has been a leading figure in educational advancement for nearly 50 years. His career began at Indiana University when he was named president of the institution's student foundation during his senior year. From there, he advanced through various fundraising positions at public and private institutions, including the University of Tennessee, Yale University, the University of Alabama, the University of Oregon and the University of California, Berkeley. Simic returned to his alma mater in 1988 and served as president of IU's foundation until his retirement in 2008. He grew the foundation's endowment, built a partnership between the foundation and the institution and boosted voluntary giving from $35 million to more than $100 million a year. He has been a mentor to hundreds of advancement professionals and an active member of CASE, serving as conference presenter, trustee member and founding member of CASE's National Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, recipient of the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education. The Newcombe Foundation provides grants to help mature women, doctoral candidates and individuals with disabilities complete their college education. Since 1981, the foundation has awarded more than $50 million in grants to nearly 100 colleges and universities, resulting in 30,000 scholarship awards and 1,000 fellowships. In 2009-10, the foundation provided nearly $2 million in grants to 37 colleges and universities as well as one foundation. Gannon University, Pennsylvania State University and the Douglas Residential College at Rutgers University are among numerous institutions across the United States that have received awards from the Princeton, N.J.-based foundation.

Deanna Oppenheimer, recipient of the Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement. Oppenheimer has been an active volunteer at her alma mater, the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., for more than 30 years. Most recently, she completed her seventh year as chair of the board of trustees-the first woman and first graduate to hold this position at the 122-year-old institution. Based in London, Oppenheimer commutes more than 9,500 miles round trip to attend board meetings, homecoming and other major campus events. Under her guidance, the institution has celebrated numerous accomplishments, including growing senior class participation in the annual fund from 20 percent to more than 50 percent and building a network of more than 400 volunteers in regional clubs across the United States.

Carol Cheney, recipient of the Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession. Cheney, president and creative director at Cheney & Co., a creative marketing firm that serves independent schools, first became involved with CASE in 1979 when she was director of publications and public relations at Choate Rosemary Hall. Since then, Cheney has shared her expertise in independent school advancement by volunteering as a faculty member for numerous conferences, serving as a judge for CASE awards programs and writing articles for CURRENTS magazine and chapters for CASE books. Cheney is a recipient of the CASE Crystal Award for outstanding teaching, a former member of the CASE Industry Advisory Council and a recognized authority on communications and campaign marketing.

Henry Bloch, recipient of the Distinguished Friend of Education Award. Bloch, a co-founder of H&R Block, is a Kansas City philanthropist, civic leader and long-time supporter of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 1986, Bloch endowed UMKC's business school, which is now called the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration. He has continued to support the school by funding numerous scholarships, an endowment fund and a substantial expansion and renovation of the business school. Beyond his commitment to UMKC, Bloch has provided strong support to the University of Michigan, his alma mater, and Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City. In 2001, the H&R Block Foundation established the Henry W. Bloch Scholars Program, which helps up to 90 urban youth attend a local community college and transfer to UMKC for their bachelors' degrees.

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