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Samantha L. Quigley American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2008 –
A troop-support organization’s Web site earned top honors in the annual Webby Awards competition as the top lifestyle site of 2008.
The CinCHouse.com Web site -- which derives its name from military shorthand for “commander in chief of the house” -- beat out such corporate giants as Epicurious and Reebok to take top honors in the 12th annual awards.
CinCHouse.com is Operation Homefront’s online community for military wives and women in uniform.
“We are completely thrilled,” said Regina Galvin, the site’s editor in chief. “This really validates all the hard work we put in last year to create a better product for our readers. I can’t thank our staff enough for the excellent work they did and continue to do every day.”
Shortly after Galvin joined the organization, a creative overhaul of the previous site produced a sleeker, more innovative version. Chad Myers, director of Web development, said the prestigious award will bring much-needed attention to the plight of military families struggling as deployments continue.
“I'm excited to win, but the real benefit will be the exposure to the organization and the ability to help more people because of it,” Myers said.
In 1999, Navy wife and author Meredith Leyva created the site as a virtual gathering place for military families frequently on the move. Part of Operation Homefront, CinCHouse includes forums as well as an online magazine that covers such issues as post-traumatic stress disorder and parenting.
“We are extremely honored,” she said. “This award really speaks volumes about how important our services are to our members and how important our members are to the larger Internet community.”
Operation Homefront is a supporter of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home and abroad.
Hailed as the “the Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, the Webby Awards are the leading international awards honoring excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile Web sites. They are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GA’s chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington and Harvey Weinstein.
"The Webby Awards honors the very best of the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. "CinCHouse’s win is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators."
Founded in 1996, the Webby Awards program is known worldwide for its famous five-word speech limit. Past headline-grabbing speechmakers include Al Gore (“Please don’t recount this vote.”), Beastie Boys (“Can anyone fix my computer?”) and Prince (“Everything you think is true.”)
This year, the Webby Awards received a record 10,000 entries from more than 60 countries and all 50 states. The winners will be honored at two star-studded ceremonies in New York City. The Webby Film and Video Awards ceremony takes place June 9, and the 12th Annual Webby Awards Gala will be held June 10.