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First Lady Michelle Obama and California First Lady Maria Shriver Kick Off 2009 National Conference on Volunteering & Service with Playground Service Project
Date:6/22/2009

Shriver to Present First Annual Governor & First Lady's Medals for Service, Join CaliforniaVolunteers to Build First Fully Intergenerational Playground in the Country, and Participate in Conference's Opening General Session

SAN FRANCISCO, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- California First Lady Maria Shriver will continue her dedication to encouraging all Californians to serve their communities today by presenting the first annual Governor and First Lady's Medals for Service, joining 500 volunteers to construct the first fully volunteer-built intergenerational playground in the nation, and being interviewed by Be The Change Inc. Founder and CEO Alan Khazei about her groundbreaking service initiatives during the Opening General Session of the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering & Service. With 4,500 expected attendees, the conference is the largest gathering in the world of leaders of the service and volunteering sector.

Shriver's presentation of the first annual Governor and First Lady's Medals for service at the Intercontinental Hotel will include recipients of the following awards: Volunteer of the Year, Business Volunteer Program of the Year, Nonprofit Leader of the Year and Social Innovation Spotlight Award.

First Lady Michelle Obama, who shares Maria Shriver's commitment to service and who has dedicated her career and her current platform to encouraging community involvement, will join her at Bret Harte Elementary School for the playground service project. This event will serve as the official kick-off for the 2009 national service conference and mark Shriver's 31st playground build throughout California. The project is sponsored by CaliforniaVolunteers, the California state office charged with increasing the number of Californians who volunteer, led by the nation's first state cabinet secretary dedicated to service, Karen Baker. Shriver serves as the honorary chair of the organization.

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