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[Congressional Record: September 25, 2000 (Extensions)]
[Page E1583]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access []

                        HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR


                             HON. ED PASTOR

                               of arizona

                    in the house of representatives

                       Monday, September 25, 2000

  Mr. PASTOR. Mr. Speaker, I rise to celebrate Julian Claudio Nabozny, 
a McDonald's owner/operator beloved and celebrated for his services to 
the Phoenix, Arizona community, which I proudly represent. For his 
tireless generosity, Mr. Nabozny has just been honored by the National 
Restaurant Association as Cornerstone Humanitarian of the Year.
  Mr. Nabozny has made his South Phoenix restaurant a veritable 
community center for the Hispanic neighborhood. His beneficent acts are 
numerous and varied. These are some highlights.
  For the past five years, Mr. Nabozny has hosted Thanksgiving Day 
celebrations for as many as 3,000 residents. He distributes free 
McDonald's food, gifts, turkeys, and fruit baskets and provides for 
entertainment, including the beloved Ronald McDonald.
  Throughout the year, the restaurant sponsors fund-raising nights for 
a local school. Mr. Nabozny donates 10 percent of the evening's sales 
and tickets to popular events for the PTA to raffle off. He also 
provides a school reading program with over 8,000 hamburger 
certificates a year to use as learning incentives for children.
  Two years ago, Mr. Nabozny brought a mobile mammograph unit to the 
restaurant to offer free cancer screening exams. Hundreds of 
economically disadvantaged women received these vital tests, many for 
the first time.
  This spring, Mr. Nabozny initiated and sponsored a pioneering 
partnership to educate the community on current immigration laws and 
related government services. Through the program, over 1,200 
individuals received free confidential consultations with attorneys and 
other qualified volunteers, and many others received assistance through 
a handout developed specifically to address common concerns and needs. 
These services will be again extended this fall.
  For the past three years, Mr. Nabozny has served as chair of the 
Phoenix area Hispanic American College Education Resources (HACER) 
program, a partnership between the Ronald McDonald House Charities, its 
local affiliate, McDonald's owner/operators, and restaurants owned by 
the corporation. Mr. Nabozny has also personally donated scholarships 
to deserving minority high school students in the Phoenix area.
  Mr. Nabozny comes from a family and belongs to a franchise system 
that believe in giving back. His dedication to this principle has 
justly earned him the Restaurant Association's award and a special 
place in the heart and history of the Phoenix community.