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Serena Merck Memorial Award Nominations

6/2/2003:   Each year, the Serena Merck Memorial Award honors an individual who has demonstrated long-term, selfless dedication and compassion in the care or service to children who have significant mental health problems. Ms. Merck recognized that quality day-to-day care provided by committed individuals can make an incredible difference in the lives of children with cognitive and behavioral disabilities.

If your organization serves children with mental disabilities, and you believe one individual would be worthy of the award, submit a 500-word summary explaining why your candidate should be considered, his or her length of service in the field, and a description of the personís impact on mentally disabled children. Also attach two to five letters of reference from individuals qualified to evaluate the candidateís suitability for the award. Nominations should be postmarked by September 1, 2003, and sent to Frank Hatch, The John Merck Fund, 11 Beacon Street, Suite 1230, Boston MA 02108.

The winner of the $5,000 cash award and plaque will be announced at the 20th Annual Conference of the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed, October 22-25, in Chicago. For more information about the award, including further selection criteria, e-mail info@jmfund.org.

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