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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />January 7, 2010 <br />Noon <br /> <br />Touring All-America City quilt visits South Bend <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876-1564 <br /> <br />or Tom Price, Assistant to the Mayor, 235-5853 or 514-2169 <br /> <br />A quilt featuring squares from South Bend and 29 other finalists in the 2009 All-America <br />City competition is visiting South Bend in early January as part of a national tour. <br /> <br />The quilt will be on public display for one week, beginning Friday, Jan. 8, through <br />Friday, Jan. 15, at the main branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main <br />St., in downtown South Bend. <br /> <br />Volunteers made a quilt square highlighting iconic South Bend images for incorporation <br />into a quilt of all 30 All-America City finalists. Although South Bend was not among the <br />winning 10 cities selected, an 18-member delegation, supported entirely by private <br />contributions, made a strong case for the city in an oral presentation at the 60th annual <br />All-America City awards in Tampa, Fla. <br /> <br />Sponsored by the National Civic League, the All-America City award is given annually <br />to 10 communities and, as the most prestigious municipal competition, is considered “a <br />civic ‘Oscar’ for communities of all sizes.” <br /> <br />- 30 - <br />