Six associations have been recently selected by the American Society of Association Executives’ Associations Advance America (AAA) Committee to receive the 2010 Summit Award-ASAE’s highest honor for associations that implement innovative community-based programs. The Summit Awards will be presented at the 11th Annual Summit Awards Dinner, September 29, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

The Summit Award symbolizes the very best efforts designed by associations across the country in areas like public education/information, economic development, business and social innovation, skills training/development and civic and volunteer activities. The six Award recipients for 2010 were selected from a field of 34 Award of Excellence winners from two earlier AAA judging rounds this year.

“This year’s Summit Award honorees show a zealous dedication to their communities and demonstrate the essential work associations carry out around the country,” said Ping Wei, M. Ed., CAE, director of educational activities for the American Society of Civil Engineers and chair of ASAE’s Associations Advance America Committee. “Associations step in where there is a real need. These six organizations responded to some very challenging issues by tapping into their resources to strengthen our communities around the country and the future of America.”

This year’s winners are:

Haiti Relief and Disaster Preparedness
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Rosemont, IL

Helping Babies Breathe
American Academy of Pediatrics
Elk Grove Village, IL

AAA School Safety Patrol Program
American Automobile Association
Heathrow, FL

Earned Income Tax Credit Program
Food Bank for New York City
New York, NY

Minnesota’s Own
Minnesota Grocers Association
Saint Paul, MN

Corporate Aviation Responding in Emergencies (CARE)
National Business Aviation Association
Washington, DC

ASAE’s Summit Awards Dinner will bring together association executives, government officials and business and community leaders for an evening to celebrate the value of associations and their impact on society.

For more information about attending the Summit Awards Dinner, contact Carla Lochiatto, CAE, at 202-626-2807 or