2000-09-15 10:20:48.607


At a dinner reception yesterday, the Missouri Lottery was presented with the Governor’s Torch of Excellence Award in recognition of its minority and women-owned business spending during the last four years. The Missouri Lottery’s Minority & Women Business Program, directed by Anthony Billinger, is designed to solicit and assist minority and women entrepreneurs who seek business contracts with the Lottery. "The Lottery makes every effort to not only meet the goals of its Minority & Women Business Program, but to exceed them," said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. "We are committed to not only meeting the letter of the law, but also adhering to the spirit of the law." The "Torch Awards" honor state departments and vendors for exemplary efforts in demonstrating diversity in procurement and employment. The Lottery received the honor from the Special Awards category. The "Torch Award" named in memory of Malinda Benson, the Lottery’s former Minority & Women Business Program director, was awarded to Walter Pearson, director of business and urban relations for the Department of Natural Resources. The award was named in her honor in recognition for her tremendous contribution in the area of minority procurement in state government. For more information about the Lottery’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Program, go to: http://www.molottery.com/aboutus/mwbe.htm

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