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Dallas-based Dillon Gage Named A 2010 Finalist For Prestigious U.s. Chamber Award Honoring International Corporate Caring

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) named Dallas-based Dillon Gage as a finalist for a 2010 Corporate Citizenship Award in the category of International Community Service. The Corporate Citizenship Awards have been presented every year since 2000 and are the nation's premier recognition for companies that care.

Since 1984, Dillon Gage's 501 C3 nonprofit corporation, HELPS International, has developed an integrated approach to combat poverty by providing assistance such as: More than 145 highly skilled medical MASH units to remote regions in Central America amounting to $145 million in direct medical aide; More than 71,000 ONIL stoves in kitchens which removes an open-fire respiratory risk that was harming the health of women and children; More than 44,000 ONIL water filters to provide inexpensive, easy access to clean water; Education programs reaching people in the most remote regions in Guatemala which give the people opportunities to make changes that didn't exist before; Collaboration with agricultural corporations in an effort to help farmers put food on the table and money in their pockets. Click here to see a 2:32 video that tells the HELPS story.

"As a Texas firm, Dillon Gage understands the importance of Latin America - that's why we've made such a major commitment to support HELPS all these years," says Steve Miller, CEO of Dillon Gage, a national leader of financial services. "The stability of that region directly impacts our lives and the lives of our children. Through HELPS, Dillon Gage is actively engaged in transforming lives and making a positive impact: children are reading, people are walking again, women are breathing freely, clean water is accessible, and families have the resources they need. We're helping to transform families, a community, a country, and even a region."

"HELPS has been working very hard, with passion, in a country different from yours, many decades before it became a corporate fashion or policy - you have been doing it from the heart and with your own resources and time," writes Mario Nathusius, President, CEMACO. "The little flame that you lit has now become a torch and an example to the world. Your work has given dignity and hope to thousands of families in Guatemala, Mexico and hopefully soon elsewhere."

The awards encompass four categories -- Corporate Stewardship, U.S. Community Service, International Community Service, and Business-Nonprofit Partnership. For the U.S. Community Service and International Community Service categories, a peer committee that includes past award winners will select the winner. For the Corporate Stewardship category, a panel of preeminent experts in corporate citizenship and business performance will select the winner. The Partnership Award winner is selected "people's choice" style in the public voting campaign on BCLC's website.

"There are many strong candidates for the Corporate Citizenship Awards this year," said BCLC Executive Director Stephen Jordan. "Many companies have stepped up and helped communities in a wide range of ways -- from assisting them through tough economic times to building up their capabilities for success in the future. These awards aren't just about good business; they are about the fabric of our society."

All awards categories and finalists can be viewed at www.uschamber.com/bclc/awards. The winners in each category will be announced on November 30 at the 11th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.

BCLC is the U.S. Chamber's resource and voice for business' social and philanthropic interests. Its mission is to advance the positive role of business in society. The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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