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The Stevie Awards

March 10, 2010 10:00 ET

Stevie® Awards Name Oceana as Beneficiary of 2010 Awards Programs

A Portion of Proceeds From All 2010 Business Award Programs to Benefit Ocean Conservation

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 10, 2010) - The Stevie Awards, organizers of the world's premier business awards, today named Oceana, the largest international organization focused on ocean conservation, as the sole non-profit beneficiary of its programs this year.

As the beneficiary of the Stevie Awards, Oceana will receive a portion of every ticket sold for each of the four awards shows in 2010 including The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.

Oceana (http://www.oceana.org) is a global organization dedicated to helping our oceans return to their former levels of abundance. Each year, Oceana works on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns that identify problems, develop practical solutions and create measurable outcomes to improve the health of our oceans.

"We are very happy to have the support of an organization like the Stevie Awards, as we know that introduction to the world's business community will help further our cause," said Andrew F. Sharpless, CEO of Oceana. "The funding and promotion will help contribute to our goal of ensuring the health of our oceans and the future of our planet by protecting marine life and their habitats."

In addition to the monetary contribution, Oceana will receive $50,000 worth of advertising and editorial coverage on the Stevie Awards web sites and email newsletter. The Stevie Awards (www.stevieawards.com) recognize outstanding performance in the workplace worldwide, and communicate with hundreds of thousands of business professionals each year.

"For our beneficiary this year, we wanted to select a global organization with a cause that appeals to -- and affects -- the widest possible audience," said Michael Gallagher, president of The Stevie Awards. "Oceana's mission touches every corner of the globe and we are pleased to introduce the world's business community to this important organization."

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.stevieawards.com, and follow the Stevie Awards on Twitter @TheStevieAwards.

About Oceana

Oceana is the largest, solely marine-focused nonprofit in the world, with offices throughout North America, in Europe, and in Central and South America. Global in scope and dedicated to conservation, Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world's oceans. Our teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life. For a full description of our campaigns and victories, please visit http://www.oceana.org.

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