Community Cycling Center’s Neal Armstrong Wins Skidmore Prize
The Community Cycling Center is proud to announce that Volunteer & Events Manager Neal Armstrong has been named one of four Skidmore Prize winners for 2007!
Established in 2004, the Skidmore Prize recognizes and encourages long-term commitment to the non-profit sector and strives to inspire others to get involved. This yearâ€™s award winners will receive a $4,000 personal grant, and their organizations will be included in the Willamette Weekâ€™s 2007 Give!Guide (available in the November 14 issue).
â€œNeal makes everyone feel at home when they dedicate their time to the Community Cycling Center,â€ says Alison Hill Graves, Community Cycling Centerâ€™s Development Director. â€œOur volunteer program is the lifeblood of this organization, and Neal is an excellent steward for our community.â€ In 2006 alone, Neal organized more than 2,000 volunteers to dedicate 16,500 hours to collect, refurbish, and distribute 2,000 bikes to low-income youth and adults.
Today, Neal and the other Skidmore Prize Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Governor Hotel. Following the ceremony, Mark Zusman, editor of Willamette Week, will host a panel discussion featuring the prize winners entitled, â€œTodayâ€™s Non-Profit Pioneers: Recognizing a younger generation of non-profit leaders.â€ This forum is hosted by the City Club of Portland and will be broadcast on KOPB (91.5 FM) at 7 PM tonight.
The Skidmore Prize was created by Willamette Week in conjunction with Momentum Market Intelligence, a local Portland market research and consulting firm. The goal of the award is to provide added incentives for people who work at local non-profits and improve the quality of life in the region.
The accompanying Give!Guide showcases the Skidmore Prize winners and other local non-profits and encourages philanthropy among new donors. Donors can make contributions online via the Give!Guide website. Everyone who donates more than $25 to us between November 14 and midnight December 31st will receive special incentives. The Community Cycling Center will be eligible for additional cash prizes for generating the most total donations or the greatest number of donations for people aged 35 and under.
Alison Hill, 503-288-8864
The Community Cycling Center, founded in 1994, broadens access to bicycling and its benefits through innovative hands-on programs, volunteer projects, and our neighborhood bike shop. We believe bicycles are a tool for personal empowerment and a vehicle for change.