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HEUBLEIN SPONSORS SECOND ANNUAL OICS OF AMERICA NATIONAL ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD

 FARMINGTON, Conn., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials at Heublein today announced that the company will sponsor the second annual Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OICA) National Service Alumni Service Award at the organization's 29th Annual Convocation set for June 20-23 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisc.
 The National Alumni Service Award, the second to be presented in OIC's 29-year history, identifies an alumnus from one of OIC's 65 affiliates nationwide who has provided exemplary service to his/her community during the previous year.
 According to Heublein's public affairs director Jack Shea, the company views its sponsorship of the Alumni Service Award as a way to acknowledge the valuable contributions that OIC has made since it was founded almost three decades ago.
 "OIC volunteers have made significant contributions in the workplace and in local communities across the country," said Shea. "We can think of no better way to support OICs of America than to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals who have completed its training programs."
 To qualify for the Alumni Service Award, candidates must:
 -- Have successfully completed a training program at an OIC affiliate;
 -- Be gainfully employed or self-employed;
 -- Provide volunteer services to an OIC affiliate and/or organizations in the local community;
 -- Be recommended by the board of directors of one of OIC's affiliate offices.
 All award candidate recommendations will be reviewed, and a winner will be selected by a panel of judges from OICs of America's National Committee at the Convocation. The formal presentation to the award recipient will be made during the organization's annual Volunteer Reception, June 30, at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. Last year's award went to Harold Shields of Omaha, Neb.
 More than 400 are expected at the reception, an annual highlight of the three-day convocation. Among those attending will be top representatives from exhibiting corporations, business and civic leaders from the Milwaukee area, OIC's national board and officers -- including OIC founder Rev. Leon Sullivan and Herman Art Taylor, president and chief executive officer of OICs of America.
 "This program assists us in identifying OIC's most outstanding alumni across the country," said Taylor. "Their support and involvement is critical for the future growth and development of OIC."
 OICs of America is a national organization. The headquarters, located in Philadelphia, services OIC affiliates in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in Philadelphia in 1964 by Sullivan, OIC has grown from a local to a national organization that provides affiliates with technical assistance in program management, fiscal management, program planning and operations.
 Working at the national, regional and local levels, OICs of America affiliates are involved in a variety of programs that impact upon disadvantaged Americans encompassing employment training and alternative education systems. Since its inception, OIC has served more than 1 million people, trained more than 900,000 and placed better than 75 percent of its graduates in full-time employment positions.
 Heublein, Inc., based in Farmington, is a leading producer, importer and marketer of premium spirits and wines, including Smirnoff Vodka, Jose Cuervo Tequila, Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey, Wild Turkey Bourbon, Christian Brothers Brandy and Blossom Hill Chardonnay.
 OIC alumni who wish to be considered for the National Alumni Service Award should contact their local OIC affiliate or OICs of America headquarters at 215-236-4500.
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