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GM HONORS TWO INDIANA WOMEN WITH SPECIAL VOLUNTEER AWARD

 DETROIT, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors (NYSE: GM) announced today that two Indiana women will receive the company's prestigious Volunteer Spirit Award for their outstanding service efforts on behalf of local charitable, non-profit organizations.
 Jeanne W. Stiles, a resident of Indianapolis, Ind., and Kathy Mahler, a resident of Brownsburg, Ind., will be honored during special ceremonies at the 1993 Visions: The Women's Expo, held Sunday, May 23, at 3:45 p.m. at the exposition's main stage area. Visions is being held Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23, at the Indianapolis Convention Center and Hoosier Dome.
 "Our Volunteer Spirit Award affirms GM's strong commitment to recognize and reward the volunteer spirit we find throughout America in people like Jeanne Stiles and Kathy Mahler who give freely of their time to help others," said Joseph D. Meagher, GM's marketing manager, North American Operations Marketing and Advertising.
 "The people at GM feel strongly that this recognition is important for both the volunteers, their communities and society as a whole," Meagher added. "We at GM are pleased that our Volunteer Spirit Award programs contribute to helping communities such as Indianapolis promote volunteerism."
 Stiles, a 74-year-old retiree from South Central Bell Telephone after 37 years, was nominated by the Marion County Health Department for her continuing and dedicated service to the Mother Baby Healthline, an information and referral service for women.
 During the past three years, Stiles has overcome chronic pain and vascular disease to volunteer more than 6,300 hours of her time to touching the lives of mothers and babies in Marion County. She provides important data entry services, works on various sewing projects, and has knitted nearly 320 afghan blankets for newborn babies.
 "The public health nurses and social workers give these knitted afghans to newborns in need when they make home visits," according to a letter nominating Stiles. "Often, this small gift facilitates an entree into a home to work with a family that might be reluctant to initially accept our services. Her work is a beautiful example of cross generation caring for others."
 Mahler was nominated by the Lupus Foundation of Indiana Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America for her unselfish dedication and efforts to help the non-profit organization grow and create greater public awareness about Lupus, a controllable but non-curable auto-immune disease of the body.
 In her capacity as president of the local Lupus Foundation, Mahler devotes an average of 15 hours of her time each week. She also serves as the foundation's treasurer and secretary. According to her nominators, Mahler has been instrumental in generating greater public awareness of Lupus through monthly seminars and support group meetings.
 "Kathy is a Lupus patient, has a full-time job, a family, church obligations, and is a grandmother," according to Mahler's letters of nomination. "She is an example of unselfishness in her dedication to the cause of spreading the word about Lupus to the public and newly diagnosed patients."
 The Volunteer Spirit Award winners were selected by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. More than 40 Greater Indianapolis charitable and non-profit organizations were invited to nominate candidates for the GM award. Stiles and Mahler will receive a special recognition award plaque, five shares of GM common stock, and will be featured during the Visions Expo and at a special reception held for all nominees, award recipients and other key volunteers.
 The GM Volunteer Spirit Award is part of Visions: The Women's Expo, a two-day event targeted to the addressing the special needs of women and their families. The event will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, at a cost of $6 per person, per day. Children under 12 are admitted free. One dollar of the ticket price will benefit the Indianapolis 500 Princess Fund, and an additional $1 will be donated to a local non-profit organization that benefits women and children.
 GM is the exclusive automotive sponsor of the event. JCPenney, Marsh Supermarkets, and the 500 Festival Associates, Inc. are also event sponsors.
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 /CONTACT: John Maciarz of General Motors Corporation, 313-556-2034; or Dave Barthmuss, DMB&B Public Relations, 313-258-8635, for the event/
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