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April 7, 2011
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One of only three individuals to ever receive lifetime achievement accolade.

World Vision will present Plumbing Manufacturers International Executive Director Barbara Higgens with a Crystal Vision “Robert T. Atkins Life Time Achievement Award” during the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show April 26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The award honors individual dedication to World Vision’s mission of “working with children, families and their worldwide communities to reach their full potential by tackling causes of poverty and injustice.”

Higgens will be the third person ever to receive the award.

For more than 10 years, Higgens has championed The Storehouse of World Vision, which addresses the needs of Americans suffering from disaster, personal crisis or economic hardship by providing families with supplies, including building products and materials. Companies donate excess inventory or produced-to-give products to The Storehouse’s warehouses. The Storehouse, in turn, partners with other nonprofit organizations to install these much-needed products and materials in homes, shelters, rehabilitation facilities, schools, daycares, churches and other community centers.

Member companies of PMI’s voluntary, not-for-profit, international industry association represent 95 percent of North America’s plumbing manufacturers and produce a substantial quantity of the world’s plumbing products. World Vision estimates more than $80 million worth of plumbing products have been donated during the past five years.

”Barbara has been involved since The Storehouse’s beginnings and is one of the early pioneers of the program,” World Vision Corporate Relations Director-Kitchen and Bath Efrain Perez, Jr. said. “The Life Time Achievement Award was introduced last year during our 10th anniversary celebration to honor those with extraordinary commitment to the program while they are still active and involved.”

Higgens joins Dave Gerali (president of Gerali Designs) and Russ Diamond (president and CEO of Snyder Diamond) as recipients of the award.

”Barbara has been a strong, supportive voice helping connect PMI’s members with The Storehouse product donation program,” PMI Board of Directors President Jack Krecek said. Krecek is vice president and general manager of commercial channels for Elkay Manufacturing Co.

“The program offers companies a fast, efficient and responsible business solution to donate products to assist those in need.”

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