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U.Va. Student and Twin Brother to Receive National Recognition April 18 For Helping People in Two States

April 9, 1999 -- Twins Frank and Jeff Griffiths prove that the old saying "nice guys finish last" is wrong. Their broad range of generous activities benefiting people of all ages will be recognized nationally April 18.

The brothers, one of whom attends the University of Miami (Ohio) and the other, the University of Virginia, spent more than a year organizing nearly 75 events at their two campuses during the national Make A Difference Day in the fall. The events attracted approximately 2,500 volunteers who collected books, renovated homes, spruced up parks, cleaned streets, assembled clothing and gathered food to benefit children, the elderly, homeless families and low-income residents in the two states.

USA Weekend magazine, which created Make a Difference Day in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation in 1992, will honor the Griffiths brothers with a $10,000 award and will feature them in its April 18 issue. The boys will also appear on CNN Live Sunday Morning that day.

A third-year psychology major at U.Va., Frank Griffiths began to organize community service efforts last year after seeing the success his brother had in staging Make A Difference events the previous year at Miami (Ohio). Although carrying heavy course loads, Jeff Griffiths, a third-year student majoring in secondary education, and Frank Griffiths estimate they often devoted more than 30 hours weekly to organizing projects that pulled together approximately 50 community and university organizations.

Contact: Ida Lee Wooten, (804) 924-6857.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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