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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, February 1, 2013

Lompoc Residents: Support Local Veterans by Voting for Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building Foundation in The Home Depot Foundation Facebook Contest

Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building Foundation One of Four Nonprofits Competing for $25,000 in Foundation’s Apron in Action Program; Winner to Compete for Additional $250,000 in Contest Finale


The Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building Foundation in Lompoc is enlisting area residents to help the organization win a $25,000 The Home Depot gift card by voting daily in February in The Home Depot Foundation’s second annual Aprons in Action Facebook contest. Voting begins Feb. 1, 2013 and runs through Feb. 28, 2013 at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. The organization that receives the most votes during the month will win the $25,000 prize to help fund an organizational or community improvement project, and will have the opportunity to compete for the grand prize of $250,000 at the end of the year-long program.

In the February round of the competition, Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building Foundation is competing against three other veteran-focused organizations across the country including Grand Rapids Home for Veterans in Grand Rapids, Mich., Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy in Bradenton, Fla., and Screaming Eagle Foundation in Ft. Campbell, Ky. The runner-up organizations will receive $5,000 in The Home Depot gift cards.

“If we win the $25,000 from The Home Depot, we will be able to upgrade the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building Auditorium and continue to serve veterans in our area. So help us make a difference by voting everyday on Facebook, and tell everyone you know to do the same!” said Alice Milligan, president of Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building Foundation.

Aprons in Action Unites Communities to Support Veterans

Each month during the year-long Aprons in Action competition, The Home Depot Foundation will select four organizations that support U.S. veterans to compete for the monthly prize. In May 2013, Facebook fans will be recruited by all 11 monthly winners to vote in the contest’s final round. The organization that receives the most votes will win the $250,000 grand prize from The Home Depot Foundation, and the organizations that earn the second and third most votes will win $150,000 and $100,000, respectively.

How To Vote

Voting runs from Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. ET through Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Find Aprons in Action on The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. Voting is available on computers and mobile devices.

The final percentages of votes for each nonprofit will be posted on The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook pages on March 1 at 9 a.m. ET.

For more information and to view the program rules, visit The Home Depot on Facebook or go to www.homedepotfoundation.org.

Across the country, The Home Depot Associates give back to their communities by volunteering their time and talents with local nonprofit organizations that support our nation’s veterans, like SMART. Volunteers from Team Depot will offer additional hours and supplies to each of the featured nonprofits for extra work in their communities through the Aprons in Action Program.

“The Aprons in Action program is a fun way for us to support the organizations that help our nation’s heroes,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “Throughout the competition, we will provide $1 million to 44 deserving organizations to help them continue their service and generate awareness of their community efforts.”

About Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building Foundation:

The Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building Foundation partners with the Santa Barbara County Government to provide for the long-term preservation, conservation, and educational legacy of the historic Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building and the veterans in the Lompoc Valley. The organization is committed to maintaining a respectful and dignified memorial to those men and women returning from war and for the families of those who did not return.

About The Home Depot Foundation:

In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation focused its financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the homes of economically disadvantaged veterans. To date, the Foundation has committed $80 million to these efforts. Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and to the facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.

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