A.E. Griffith Bates, Jr., a selfless volunteer with Greenpeace since 1991 will receive Public Citizen’s fifth annual Phyllis McCarthy Public Interest Service Award in Washington, D.C. today.
Bates, a retiree of the U.S. Defense Mapping Agency who also
served in the Korean War, logged more than 25,000 hours with the
environmental organization in the finance and photo departments and
played a critical role in the organization and maintenance of the
group's photo archives.
Public Citizen created the award after Phyllis McCarthy, a
24-year employee of its Health Research Group, passed away in
November 2002. The award is intended to recognize individuals who
have worked long and hard for a public interest group, performing
critical functions as did McCarthy but who have not received public
credit commensurate with their contributions.
In nominating Bates, Rick Hind of Greenpeace, who, in addition
to Phyllis' brother Paul McCarthy, will speak at the reception,
said: "Without Mr. Bates, we would all have one less role model of
how much Americans can do in their retirement to make this country
and the world a better place."
Who: John Passacantando, Executive Director of Greenpeace; Rick
Hind, Legislative Director of Greenpeace's Toxics Campaign, and
What: Public Citizen award reception
When: November 29, 2007, 5 p.m.
Where: 1600 20th Street, NW
VVPR info: Contact: Jane Kochersperger, 202-680-3798 cell or Rick Hind, 202-319-2445