Industry organization honored for efforts on Miss. Gulf Coast

Tourism Cares for Tomorrow, the nonprofit travel industry organization dedicated to preservation of natural, cultural and historic treasures, was given the Mississippi Gulf Coast Preservation Hero Award for the restoration efforts of 330 volunteers in the Biloxi and Gulfport areas this past March.

The award was given by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Mississippi Heritage Trust.

The volunteers, including top executives of many travel companies, donated 5,000 man-hours of work on various sites that were popular with tourists before being devastated by Hurricane Katrina, including Jefferson Davis home Beauvoir, the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum and the Ohr-OKeefe Museum.

Bruce Beckham, Tourism Cares executive director, received the award on behalf of the organization at a reception May 3 in Biloxi, Miss., noting that Tourism Cares and its volunteers were honored to be able to lend a hand to our friends along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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