FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release – 5/15/2015
Bruce Marks, NACA CEO, Cell: 617-835-4477; email@example.com
BRUCE MARKS AND NACA TO RECEIVE PHOENIX AWARD FROM MAYOR REED, SPECIAL PROCLAMATION FROM THE CITY OF ATLANTA AND LETTER OF COMMENDATION FROM GOVERNOR DEAL
AWARD CEREMONY 2:00PM FRIDAY AT NACA EVENT
(ATLANTA, GA – May 14, 2015) – Bruce Marks and NACA (Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America) will receive the Mayor of Atlanta’s highest award, the prestigious Phoenix Award, a special proclamation from the Atlanta City Council and a Letter of Commendation from Governor Nathan Deal’s office recognizing NACA’s work in saving thousands of homes from foreclosure in the Atlanta area.
All three awards will be presented at a special ceremony to be conducted during the first day of NACA’s American Dream Event which opens Friday at AmericasMart, Building 3. The ceremony will be at 2:00pm Friday, May 15th. Melissa Mullinax, Senior Advisor to Mayor Kasim Reed, will present both honors on behalf of the City of Atlanta, and Joyce McKibbon, former Mayor of the City of Lithonia will present the letter from Governor Deal. The American Dream Event runs through Tuesday, May 19th from 8:00am to 6:00pm each day.
“We are deeply honored by this very rare triple recognition,” said Mr. Marks. “Atlanta has always given us a very warm welcome when we have come to do an event here, and the response from both homeowners and home buyers has always been tremendous. We have done more events in Atlanta than any other city in the United States, and our local office is the busiest NACA office in the country. Atlanta has always been one of the key cities in our 27-year fight for homeowners, and this acknowledgement means a great deal to all of us at NACA”.
The Phoenix Award is the highest honor an individual or group can receive from the Mayor of Atlanta. The award recognizes outstanding achievements and service to the city, state, nation or world. Recent Phoenix Award winners include individuals such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunnus, five-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, Tyler Perry, WSB-TV Channel 2 journalist Monica Pearson and Turner Broadcasting System Chairman and CEO Philip Kent.
The Proclamation from the City Council names May 13 through 19 as “NACA Home Ownership Week” in recognizing “Bruce Marks’ and NACA’s outstanding achievements and continuing work in creating and preserving home ownership for thousands of Georgians”.
In addition, Governor Nathan Deal’s office has issued a special Letter of Commendation recognizing Mr. Marks’ and NACA’s success in saving homes from foreclosure and aiding Georgians in becoming homeowners. The Governor’s commendation will also be presented at the ceremony by Joyce McKibbon, former Mayor of the City of Lithonia, who in fact purchased her home through the NACA Purchase Program.
Several additional leaders from the political, religious and business communities are also expected to be on hand to witness the award presentation on Friday.
Mr. Marks has been recognized on numerous occasions nationwide for the work he and NACA have done on behalf of the American homeowner, including Mr. Marks’ being named “Bostonian of the Year” by the Boston Globe in 2007.
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About NACA (www.naca.com):
NACA, Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, is one of the largest HUD certified counseling agencies with more than two million members. NACA is the largest and most effective organization in modifying mortgages and provides the best mortgage in the country He has also testified before Congress on numerous occasions including September 12, 2000, being one of the only people to sound the alarm of the pending mortgage crisis. For more information go to www.naca.com.