Joe Hale Named Chairman, National Office of Volunteers, for March of Dimes

March of Dimes
Tuesday, 10 June 2003

J. Joseph Hale, Jr., president of the Cinergy Foundation and vice president of corporate communications at Cinergy Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio, has been elected chairman of the National Office of Volunteers of the March of Dimes, it was announced today.

The members of the March of Dimes National Office of Volunteers (NOV) facilitate regular and direct interchange of information and ideas between the foundation's national Board of Trustees and the chapter leadership from all areas of the country. The NOV increases the priority of volunteerism throughout the organization by providing leadership and guidance in selecting committees and effective volunteer leaders and providing for their continued development throughout the March of Dimes. All efforts of the NOV are focused on helping the March of Dimes realize its mission to serve America's mothers and babies.

Mr. Hale has been a regional representative member of the NOV since 2001. He has been a volunteer leader for the March of Dimes chapters in both Ohio and Indiana for over 30 years.

After joining Indiana's PSI Energy in 1992, Mr. Hale held a variety of positions, including president of the PSI Foundation and manager of Economic Development. Following the merger of PSI Energy & CG&E in 1995, he became general manager of Marketing and Sales then vice president of corporate communications. He also served as president of CG&E from July 2000 to October 2001.

A graduate of Hanover College, Indiana, Mr. Hale currently serves on its Board of Trustees. He is also a board member of the National Underground Freedom Center, the Playhouse in the Park, the Cincinnati Zoo, and is Chairman of the Contemporary Arts Center, among others. He is married, has three children, and is an avid marathon runner.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a five-year campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth. For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at, its Spanish Web site at, or call 1-888-MODIMES. For more information on the annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica, visit the Web site at

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