Kevin Bacon was among volunteers from 10 groups getting community service awards

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Kevin Bacon was one of leaders in 2012 Make a Difference Day Awards

WASHINGTON, DC (WXIA) -- Volunteers from ten different organizations got recognized Thursday with the 2012 Make a Difference Day Awards.

Gannett CEO Gracia Martore was part of the ceremonies as was actor Kevin Bacon and CBS News Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes.

Bacon created SixDegrees.org combining social networking and charities. 

Read more about the honorees here:

-Petaluma, CA - Future leaders give back
-Madisonville, KY - Girl Scouts bridge between generations
-Albany, NY - Church provides the tools to build neighborhood pride
-Waukegan, IL - Disabled students enjoy and equal change to play
-Yardley, PA - Teens create a library
-Las Vegas, NV - Woman's food-drive tradition lets Salvation Army feed thousands
-Delaware, OH - Grandparents pass on their passion to give
-Clarion, IA - Small town learns that little actions make big change
-Rhinelander, WI - Family turns tragedy into triumph by giving back
-El Paso, TX - Third-grader helps homeless dogs and cats find homes

Gannett is the parent company WXIA/WATL and 11Alive.

Make A Difference Day and its awards are made possible by Gannett Co., Inc.'s USA WEEKEND Magazine, Newman's Own® and Points of Light. 

The selected winners were chosen from the millions of Americans who served their communities and made positive changes as a result of the volunteer action on Make A Difference Day 2011.

Founded by USA WEEKEND and partners Newman's Own, Inc. and Points of Light, Make A Difference Day is the nation's largest day of service. 

Each year, Newman's Own supports Make A Difference Day by providing $10,000 awards to each of the 10 Make A Difference Day honorees and since 2011 has recognized three cities annually as well. 

For more information visit: www.makeadifferenceday.com 

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