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LUTHERAN STAFFER SELECTED TO MARCH IN INAUGURAL PARADE

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LUTHERAN STAFFER SELECTED TO MARCH IN INAUGURAL PARADE
Neal Gorman, Brooklyn resident and VP at Lutheran Medical Center, to join 150 AmeriCorps alumni in DC for historic event

January 13, 2009, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran Medical Center's Neal Gorman, vice president of Public Relations and an AmeriCorps National Service alumnus, is one of only 150 AmeriCorps alums nationwide invited to march in the 2009 Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C.

President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden's Inaugural Committee have invited AmeriCorps Alums and the Peace Corps Community to march in the 56th Inaugural Parade. Only 100 organizations were selected out of the 1,382 organizations that applied to participate. President-elect Barack Obama said in a statement: "These organizations embody the best of our nation's history, diversity and commitment to service. Vice President-elect (Joe) Biden and I are proud to have them join us in the parade."

Over 1,200 alumni applied for the opportunity to get one of the coveted 150 slots to march in the Inaugural Parade. AmeriCorps Alums Executive Director, Amity Tripp said, "We march in the hope and expectation that AmeriCorps will soon be a household name and a year of service will soon be a norm for all Americans."

Gorman, who served two terms in 1996-1997 as an AmeriCorps member in Western New York, will help represent more than 550,000 alumni of AmeriCorps National Service at the Inaugural Parade on January 20. "I am deeply honored to represent the AmeriCorps alumni network on a national level," said Gorman. "Not only is it a great privilege for me, it's a great way to promote national service and volunteerism in general."

During his two-year term as an AmeriCorps member, Gorman represented the organization at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, mentored youth in a Learn and Serve America program, tutored at schools, helped to build homes and revitalize neighborhoods, organized service activities, community events and much more. In N.Y.C., during September 11, Gorman trained corps members, posted with the American Red Cross, how to respond to disasters and fires. He also helped to teach the Red Cross' team how to train immigrants in lower Manhattan's Chinatown about emergency preparedness. In 2003, he had the distinguished privilege of addressing Congress on behalf of AmeriCorps National Service.

Neal is currently vice president of Public Relations at Lutheran Medical Center, part of the Lutheran HealthCare system. As an active member of his community, he serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross in Brooklyn and also is a member of the AmeriCorps Alums Leadership Council.

AmeriCorps Alums, www.americorpsalums.org, is the official national network of the half million Americans who have completed a year of service in AmeriCorps and decided to spend the rest of their lives as civic leaders addressing the critical needs of our country. They deliver change in our communities every day. AmeriCorps Alums is the largest national service related membership organization supporting these alumni in continued civic engagement, networking, leadership and professional development.

Locally, the Lutheran Family Health Centers, part of the Lutheran HealthCare system, has relied on the AmeriCorps program for more than 14 years. Lutheran's program, the Sunset Park Community HealthCorps, is comprised of 15 full-time volunteers who dedicate a year of their lives to performing community service. The members provide patients with health education, service referrals, translation services and literacy assistance, among other things. For more information call Heidi Sabers at 718-630-7175.

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