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IOCC Communications Efforts Recognized for Excellence

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Apr 13, 2005

Baltimore (IOCC) - International Orthodox Christian Charities' communications efforts have once again been recognized for excellence. IOCC has received a Telly Award and three DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards for communications work which highlights the organization's efforts to address human need in 2004.

The national DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial awards are presented by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC), an interfaith association of more than 600 religion communicators working in the United States. IOCC Communications Associate Stephen Huba is a member of RCC.

An Award of Excellence in the Electronic Communication category went to IOCC's Web site, redesigned in 2004. An Award of Merit in the National Newsletter category went IOCC's "News & Needs" newsletter, and an Award of Merit in the Booklet category went to the children's prayer journal.

In addition, the IOCC video "We Can Change the World" recently won a Telly Award in the 25th annual Telly Awards competition. The IOCC video was produced by Nicholas Furris of Spectrum Films, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., in association with Greek Orthodox Telecommunications. The video features an original song written and performed by Orthodox Christian recording artist Andrew Anthony.

"These awards highlight the importance of good communications in alleviating human suffering and giving a voice to the voiceless," said Alex Machaskee, chairman of the IOCC Board of Directors' communication committee. "I applaud the efforts of IOCC's staff to not only raise awareness about these needs but also to address them through humanitarian programs."

The winning IOCC Web site was redesigned in 2004 in cooperation with graphic designer Joseph McCourt of Bark at the Moon Studios.

Founded in 1992, IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA).

For media inquiries, please contact IOCC Communications Associate Stephen Huba at 1-877-803-4622 or

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