John Rex Endowment Invites Hands of Health Award Nominations

Winner Will Select Organization to Receive $10,000


Media Contact: Brian Van Norman

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 9, 2008) -The John Rex Endowment invites nominations for the fifth annual Hands of Health award. The local healthcare funder established the award to recognize individuals who demonstrate innovation in efforts to improve the health of children and youth in Wake County. The deadline for entries is September 5.

"Every day, individuals find unique and creative ways to improve the health and well-being of children and youth in our community," says Kevin Cain, president and CEO of the John Rex Endowment. "The Hands of Health award is an opportunity to recognize this individual dedication."

The winner will be announced at the annual Hands of Health program, an invitation-only breakfast to be held October 21. A specially commissioned bronze sculpture by artist Ruth Burink will be presented to the winner, and the John Rex Endowment will make a donation of $10,000 to the winner's charity of choice.

Past winners of the award include: Peter Morris, M.D.; Don Rosenblitt, M.D.; Mark Piehl, M.D.; Yo Sobha; Kathy Higgins; and Lillian Berman.

The John Rex Endowment has honored these Hands of Health winners by making donations to the organizations of their choice. These include: the North Carolina Pediatric Society Foundation, the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, the Durham Rescue Mission/Good Samaritan Inn, Camp Challenge Diabetes Camp at Camp Oak Hill, Camp Grace at A.E. Finley YMCA, Be Active North Carolina and the Making Magic Alliance.

The John Rex Endowment invests in the development and support of activities, programs and organizations that improve the health of underserved people in Wake and surrounding counties. Currently, the Endowment supports visible and measurable improvements in the health of children and youth by improving access to health services, by promoting healthy behaviors and by providing opportunities for growth and development. To learn more please visit