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Little Rock, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

President Bush Pulls Double Duty in Little Rock

August 30, 2006 - Posted at 5:49 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- President Bush was in Little Rock briefly Wednesday raising money for gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson and also presenting a volunteer award.

Just one day after the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, many storm victims are still recovering and rebuilding.  Arkansas took in about 75,000 evacuees after the devastating storm hit the Gulf Coast and the "Good Neighbor" effort was immediate.

During his short visit, President Bush honored a Region 8 woman who says her small idea to help became a big program.

President Bush marked the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by visiting the hard hit areas of the Gulf Coast, his 13th visit to the region since the storm hit.  On Wednesday he made a special trip to Arkansas to visit a Region 8 woman who worked to help evacuees as they relocated to North Little Rock.

President Bush bestowed Sherwood resident Joy Cameron with the President's Volunteer Service award...for making a difference in the lives of others.

"He thanked me for my work with the volunteers and getting this program off the ground and for feeding the people who were coming into North Little Rock and just thanked me for my work and talked to me about the efforts that were going on in New Orleans," said Cameron shortly after meeting with the President.

Cameron enlisted the help of volunteers from 45 other churches and community organizations to serve more than 9,000 meals to hurricane evacuees.  The program lasted for one month, but the effort did not go unnoticed by the White House. 

"It made me feel wonderful and I will share this pin with lots of other individuals who helped and deserved it more than I in this project," said Cameron, "There were lots and lots of volunteers that made this possible."

The President's Volunteer Service Award was created by at the President's direction by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.  To date, the organization has presented 487,312 awards.  To learn more about The President's Volunteer Service Award, visit www.presidentialserviceawards.gov.

Bush's visit to Arkansas was scheduled just under three hours.  During his short trip, he attended a campaign fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson held at the home of former Arkansas Razorback and NBA player Joe Kleine.  Hutchinson is opposed by Democrat Mike Beebe.  About 800 people attended the $500-a-plate fundraiser. The money raised from the event went towards Hutchinson's campaign and the Republican Party of Arkansas.  The President's appearance was not open to the public or the media.

Air Force One left Little Rock just before 1:30 bound for Nashville, Tennessee where the President was scheduled to attend another fundraiser. 

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