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PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE TO RECEIVE SPECIAL AWARD

 PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE TO RECEIVE SPECIAL AWARD
 PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Philadelphia Tribune, the


nation's oldest African American newspaper and the region's largest, will receive the Special Recognition Award from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at a ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m., at The Eye Institute Amphitheatre, 1200 W. Godfrey Ave., Philadelphia.
 The award, given when an institution or individual has demonstrated exceptional service to the community, will be accepted by Tribune President Robert W. Bogle. Representatives from City Council, the state legislature, civic and community leaders, Tribune staff, friends and family will attend the special ceremony.
 For more than a century, the Tribune has served as the ongoing diary of the African American experience, providing sensitivity to society's changing values and attitudes.
 According to PCO President Thomas L. Lewis, O.D., Ph.D., "The Philadelphia Tribune was selected because it has consistently provided health care public education, especially vision care."
 Lewis noted that the Tribune played a major role in informing the community about free vision screenings provided by the college during the March Save Your Vision Month Campaign.
 Also, Lewis added that the Tribune has supported the college's efforts to retain the state appropriation now in jeopardy.
 The college, the only optometric educational institution in the commonwealth, directs 90 percent of its appropriation to reduce the tuition for Pennsylvania residents. The balance is used to provide care in The Eye Institute for those who cannot afford it.
 Past recipients of Pennsylvania College of Optometry awards include University City Science Center, American Foundation for the Blind, World Medical Relief Center, and Pennsylvania State Council of Lions Clubs.
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 /CONTACT: Roberta McGowan of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 215-276-6214/ CO: Pennsylvania College of Optometry; The Philadelphia Tribune ST: Pennsylvania IN: HEA PUB SU:


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