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National Park Foundation One of Four Charities Competing In Lowe’s

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Date: January 11, 2011
Contact: Marjorie Hall, 202.354.6480

(Washington, D.C.) January 7, 2010 – Beginning January 9, one ‘click’ will directly benefit America’s national parks by casting a vote for the National Park Foundation in the $1 million Lowe’s Community Giving Campaign. From January 9th through the 21st, the Foundation encourages supporters to vote daily at www.lowes.com/give or www.facebook.com/lowes.

The National Park Foundation is one of four charities competing for the grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation.

As part of the challenge grant campaign, each of the competing charities is guaranteed $100,000. Public support through an online voting campaign will determine how the remaining $600,000 will be allotted to the four charities. Funds raised for the Foundation through this campaign will support national park restoration and preservation efforts, connect underserved communities to their parks, and give disadvantaged children the opportunity to experience their national parks for the first time.

"The National Park Foundation is excited to participate in Lowe’s unique online campaign," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "We are confident in the support of our passionate national park community to help us get the word out about voting so that we can secure the most funding possible."

Consumers can access the voting by visiting www.lowes.com/give or on Lowe’s Facebook page. Each individual is able to cast a vote once per day between January 9 and January 21. The final percentages of votes for each charity will be posted on the Lowe’s website by midnight on January 26. For more information on the National Park Foundations’ mission and the work and programs the proceeds of this campaign will benefit, visit the National Park Foundation website. For more information on the Lowe’s Community Giving Campaign, visit www.lowes.com/give.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION

You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasuredlandscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites -- all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks. Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks. We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow. Join us in supporting your national parks -- this is your land. www.nationalparks.org. JOIN US – www.nationalparks.org

FACEBOOK - http://www.facebook.com/nationalpark
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/goparks

 

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Annie Moore statue on the 2nd Floor of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Annie Moore was the first immigrant processed at Ellis Island on January 1, 1892, after she arrived from Ireland on the SS Nevada. Charles Hendley of the Secretary of the Treasury's office inspected Annie, she was then given a $10 gold coin by Immigration Superintendent Colonel John Weber.