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Zionsville Businessman Wins National Community Service Award.

MILWAUKEE, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. today named Zionsville Agent Alan P. Gribble the top winner in its national Agent Community Service Award program. The annual competition, open to more than 7,500 Northwestern Mutual agents across the U.S., recognizes exemplary volunteer involvement and dedication to charitable organizations and philanthropic projects.

As the program's "Most Exceptional Volunteer," Gribble was honored for his work with the Eagle-Pleasant View Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) in the construction of Central Indiana's largest playground. The Eagle-Pleasant View PTO promotes parents' interest and involvement in school activities and enhances communication among teachers, parents and administrators. In honor of his achievement, a $25,000 grant will be presented to the organization later this year.

Northwestern Mutual also named 18 "Outstanding Volunteers," who each will be honored with a $10,000 grant to the non-profit organizations they serve. In total, Northwestern Mutual will donate $200,000 to community service organizations through this program this year.

"The Agent Community Service Award program was designed to underscore and foster our commitment to volunteerism," said James D. Ericson, president and CEO, in announcing the winners this morning at the company's Annual Meeting of Agents. "Through his work with the Eagle-Pleasant View PTO, Alan Gribble has demonstrated the impact one person can make as a volunteer," he said.

After conceiving the idea and presenting it to the PTO board for approval, Gribble worked tirelessly for nine months to achieve the goal of building a playground in a severely underfunded elementary school. His dedication achieved construction of a three-storied wooden structure that features mazes, towers, slides, tunnels, swings, pirate ships and a petting zoo. He enlisted businesses, schools and clubs to raise the needed costs of $125,000 and recruited 1,000 volunteers who worked six days in three shifts a day to finish the task.

"By providing valuable services and skills, the Eagle-Pleasant View PTO is able to provide more benefits to its students and parents in the school district," Gribble said in accepting the award. "I'm very proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization, and I'm pleased for this opportunity to provide additional funds that will support providing the best education possible for children."

The $25,000 grant will be used by the PTO to support enriching programs for children in the Eagle-Union School Corporation.

Now in its fifth year, the Agent Community Service Award is open to any full-time Northwestern Mutual Agent who is actively involved in a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Agents can submit entries themselves or be nominated by another agent. A panel of judges selects the winners based on their commitment, dedication and volunteer contributions. The program is funded by the Northwestern Mutual Life Foundation.

Last year, the Northwestern Mutual Life Foundation has donated more than $9 million to community betterment, both locally and nationally. For decades, the company has been committed to improving the quality of life by concentrating its financial support in the areas of education, urban life, health, civic life arts and culture and the United Way.

1999 Northwestern Mutual Life

Agent Community Service Award Winners


Zionsville, Ind. Alan P. Gribble Eagle-Pleasant View Parent
 Teacher Organization


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 Arizona Walter D. Zimmerman Jr. Sertoma Club of Mesa

 Arizona Lee Scher Crohn's & Colitis
 Phoenix/ Foundation,
 Paradise Valley Arizona Chapter

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 Greenwich/ and Putnam

 Delaware William A. Carter, Ph.D. Delaware Technical &
 Millsboro Community College

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 Chicago/ People Who Are Blind or
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 Muscatine Habitat for Humanity

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 Lexington Preschool, Inc.

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 Canton/ Stark County, Inc.
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 Virginia Robert C. Bye, CLU, ChFC, Leukemia Society of
 Roanoke CEBS, AEP America, Virginia Chapter

 West Virginia Richard A. Romeo Jr. American Cancer Society &
 Parkersburg American Heart

 Wisconsin Mark P. Erickson Sparta Youth Hockey
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 Wisconsin Michael R. Zacker American Cancer Society
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 Wisconsin Stephen R. Voboril NMLO Charities
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