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San Diego River Park Foundation Heading To White House

Organization Gets National Award

Take Pride in America is a nationwide partnership program authorized by Congress to promote the appreciation and stewardship of our nation's public lands.

In a news release, the San Diego River Park Foundation said the award will be presented in a ceremony at the South Court of the White House Monday, July 18.

Rob Hutsel, the organization's executive director and one of its founders, will be in Washington, D.C. to receive the award.

"We are deeply moved by this national recognition of our San Diego-based organization," said Hutsel. "It is a testimony to the great efforts of thousands of volunteers to change the future of our historic San Diego River."

Just by coincidence, the award will be presented on the organization's 10th anniversary.

The award recognizes the volunteer programs of the San Diego River Park Foundation and its accomplishments.

One of the most significant is the foundation's initiative to clean-up the San Diego River which has resulted in more than 1.3 million pounds of trash and debris removed.

The River Park Foundation also organizes volunteers to care for San Diego area parks, open space preserves, disaster response and many projects to advance a 52-mile long park system along the River.

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