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04.2012

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2O12 RARE LIFE AWARD

Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey named Edward E. Clark, Jr.of Waynesboro, Virginia, as the grand prize winner of the 2O12 Rare Life Award. Eagle Rare will donate $2O,OOO to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, where Clark is president and co-founder, in his honor. Founded in an empty barn in 1982, the Wildlife Center was originally established to care for local wildlife. It has grown into one of the world’s leading teaching and research hospitals for wildlife and conservation medicine. The Center has cared for more than 6O,OOO injured or orphaned animals, reached millions of people with its educational programs, and trained students and professionals from veterinary schools in the United States, Canada and more than 4O other countries. During the Gulf oil spill, Clark was part of an interdisciplinary damage assessment team assembled by the Humane Society of the United States that was asked to view the affected area and make recommendations. Additionally, Clark and his team have spent more than seven years developing and deploying a sophisticated online database, called WILD-ONe, which links care centers across North America and helps them collect, compile and analyze patient records to detect and report health issues as they emerge. Throughout his life, Clark has inspired and enabled millions of people to become involved in protecting wildlife around the world. Eagle Rare will also donate $2OOO to the charities of choice of the six runners up, making the company’s total contribution to this contest $32,OOO.


THE 2O12 RUNNERS UP
Character award
DICK HOYT
Holland, Massachusetts (The Hoyt Foundation)

Devotion award
DR. PETER SHARPE
Avalon, California (Institute for Wildlife Studies)

Leadership award
SARAH YOURMAN
Fairlawn, New Jersey (Boomer Esiason Foundation)

Courage Award
RACHEL REYNOLDS
Ashland, Virginia (CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation)

Heroism Award
ERIC JOHNSON
Louisville, Kentucky (Supporting Heroes)

Survival Award
JOHN ULSH
Carlisle, Pennsylvania (Carlisle Area YMCA)

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