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Jack Ward receives 2002 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award

New Mexico State University alumnus Jack Ward has been awarded the 2002 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award by the Texas-El Paso Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

f Las Cruces, graduated from New Mexico State with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1940. In his retirement, he has worked as a volunteer and fund raiser for the university and other local non-profit organizations.

He has supported the university's Pride Marching Band by sponsoring scholarships and endowments for music students and paying for the purchase of new band equipment.

Ward sponsors the annual Jack Ward Invitational Choral Festival, which brings together local high school choirs and the New Mexico State University Singers and Concert Choir for performances. He also has contributed to numerous performances of the Dona Ana Lyric Opera.

Ward co-sponsored concerts by the United States Army Herald Trumpets and Tammy Jenkins of the San Francisco Opera at the 2000 New Mexico Music Educators Conference and All-State Convention.

He also supports the Theatre Arts Department and the university's public television station KRWG-TV. His contributions to arts programs at New Mexico State total more than $500,000.

Ward also volunteers in the music department, marching with the Alumni Band and accompanying the Pride Band and the university's choirs on trips around the country and Europe. He also attends every band performance and helps load the equipment.

While serving on the New Mexico State University's Foundation Board of Directors, Ward has provided suggestions for fund raising programs, assisted in soliciting funds and stuffed envelopes for alumni mailings.

Ward received the award at the 2002 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon in El Paso.

National Philanthropy Day has been held annually by the chapters of AFP since 1986.

AFP promotes philanthropic support for a variety of non-profit and charitable organizations. There are more than 25,000 members in almost 200 chapters of the association in North America. The Texas-El Paso Chapter serves fund raising professionals in west Texas, southern New Mexico and northern Mexico.

Rocio Rueda
Dec. 6, 2002