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NIAAA Employee Day Draws Crowd

Frisbees, volleyballs, laughter and shouts of "bingo" all filled the air in Veirs Mill Park on June 16 as NIAAA celebrated its third annual Employee Recognition Day. This afternoon of food, fun and fellowship has gained in popularity every year, with more than half of the institute's employees attending the festivities in 2000, the largest turnout ever.

Benedict Latteri (c) receives the NIAAA Martin K. Trusty Excellence in Management Award from NIAAA deputy director Dr. Mary Dufour and Executive Officer Stephen Long.

The Employee Recognition Day also featured NIAAA's EEO awards ceremony, which honored outstanding employees in a variety of administrative and scientific areas. This year, a special award was introduced in honor of a recently retired executive officer at NIAAA. The first annual Martin K. Trusty Excellence in Management Award was given to Benedict Latteri in "recognition of outstanding service and dedication to NIAAA in his role as acting deputy director of the institute's intramural program."

For many employees, the best part of the day was the chance to finally meet fellow employees whose names they often see only on organizational charts and memos. For others, it was the commemorative insulated water bottles that everyone received at the picnic.

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