President George W. Bush has designated Jean Case, the CEO of the Case Foundation, as Chair of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and appointed four new members — actress Janine Gauntt Turner of Texas, Miss America 2001 Angela Baraquio Grey of Hawaii, business entrepreneur and “Apprentice” winner Kelly Perdew of California, and former college and professional football star Daniel Wuerffel of Florida.
“We’re pleased that the President has made these appointments so that we can continue to strengthen volunteer service in America,” said the Council’s Executive Director, Kari Dunn. “This is a critical time for advancing the service agenda, and I am confident that Jean Case and the newest members of the Council will help us expand opportunities for all Americans to serve their communities and country.”
The new appointees join a dynamic group of 21 leaders from a variety of fields in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, including business, entertainment, athletics, education, philanthropy and government. The Council, established by President Bush in January 2003 and renewed last year, is charged with promoting and recognizing the contributions that Americans of all ages and backgrounds are making to their communities through volunteer service.
Angela Perez Baraquio was an elementary Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director when she won the title of Miss America 2001. During her year of service, she traveled over 20,000 miles a month on a national speaking tour entitled, “Character in the Classroom: Teaching Values, Valuing Teachers.” Baraquio is the Founder and President of the Angela Perez Baraquio Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes character education and provides scholarships and grants to students and teachers. In addition to her foundation, Angela is also featured as a Host on the entertainment talk show, “Living Local with the Baraquios,” with three of her six sisters. She is active in volunteer work with a number of other non-profit organizations, and has appeared in television campaigns for the Hawaii Foodbank and Catholic Charities. She is also the recipient of the “2003 Women Helping Women Award” from the Soroptomist International Club and the 1st “Hawaii’s Filipina Young Woman of the Year 2004” Award. Her inspirational story, “Give It a Try,” is published in the book Chicken Soup from the Soul of Hawaii.
Other Council members include NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, journalist Cokie Roberts, entertainer Art Linkletter, and singer Hilary Duff.
In his January 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush called on all Americans to make a difference in their communities and across the globe through volunteer service. He created USA Freedom Corps, an Office of the White House, to help Americans answer his Call to Service. Visit www.volunteer.gov or call 1-877-USA-CORPS to find an existing volunteer service opportunity and to find more information about volunteer service.
“Please join me in congratulating Angie on her newest appointment. We are proud of our Miss America 2001 Angela Baraquio Grey and her outstanding accomplishments, ” stated Art McMaster.
About the Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. For more information, go to www.missamerica.org.