ASAE is recognizing six associations with a 2011 Summit Award, the highest recognition under new The Power of A Awards. Selected by The Power of A Awards Judging Committee, the six organizations will be honored at the Summit Awards Dinner, October 5, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Last year, the Associations Advance America Awards and the Associations Make a Better World Awards combined to become The Power of A Awards. The Awards are part of The Power of A, an awareness campaign launched by ASAE in 2009 to educate and inform policymakers in Washington and other outside audiences about the wealth of resources and expertise in the association community. The campaign serves as both an internal and external platform to communicate the role of associations in building a stronger America and world.

The Power of A Awards are the premier program honoring associations that exemplify how the association industry and its dedicated professionals are essential to a stronger America and world. The Awards recognize and celebrate the extraordinary contributions associations make to society year round by enriching lives, creating a competitive workforce, preparing society for the future, driving innovation and making a better world.

“These programs exemplify the best efforts of associations committed to making a meaningful contribution to society,” said John H. Ganoe, CAE, Association Management Group, Inc., chair of The Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “They illustrate in a substantive, tangible way the dedication of association professionals and association members across the country and around the world who strive to help others and build a stronger America and a better world. We are honored to present these six organizations with the highest award offered in the association community.”

This year’s winners are:

American Occupational Therapy Association
Bethesda, MD
AOTA Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Milwaukee, WI
AEM Construction Challenge presented by Volvo Construction Equipment

Kane County Farm Bureau
Saint Charles, IL
Harvest for ALL

Million Dollar Round Table/MDRT Foundation
Park Ridge, IL
Million Meal Challenge

National Industries for the Blind
Alexandria, VA
Business Leaders Program

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
Gaithersburg, MD
“No Pass, No Pay” CPN Certification Program

“The winners of the 2011 Summit Award represent the very best characteristics and leadership in the association community. We applaud the Summit Award winners for fostering strong communities and exercising responsible stewardship of these innovative programs that really make a difference in our quality of life both in the United States and abroad,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE.

ASAE received nearly 100 entries in the first year of the Power of A Awards. In addition to the Summit Award winners, the selection committee recognized nine entries with The Power of A Gold Award and 16 with The Power of A Silver Award.

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 Awards Dinner, contact Carla Lochiatto, CAE, at 202-626-2807 or