July 6, 2010

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 Paul McCarthy

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

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