Harlequin Honours Five Outstanding Women for their Charitable Contributions



    More Than Words, a series of inspirational short stories, produced to
    celebrate extraordinary women

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - Harlequin Enterprises Limited, a leading global
publisher of women's fiction, honours five remarkable women with its annual
More Than Words award and anthology. Five of Harlequin's most acclaimed
authors have donated their time and creativity to produce the fourth edition
of More Than Words, a collection of short stories inspired by the real-life
experiences of five women whose selfless acts of charity have made a
meaningful impact on their communities.
    The More Than Words anthology contains fictional stories inspired by the
work of each award recipient. Harlequin presented each recipient with a
$10,000 donation in support of their respective charities to help them
continue their important work. The program also hopes to inspire readers to
get involved and give back themselves.
    "By telling the stories of these extraordinary women, and by supporting
their causes financially, Harlequin hopes to provide momentum for efforts
already taking place all across the continent," says Donna Hayes, Publisher
and CEO, Harlequin Enterprises. "We want to inspire new initiatives among our
readers, authors and employees."
    Contributing to this year's collection of short stories are bestselling
authors Linda Lael Miller, Sherryl Woods, Curtiss Ann Matlock, Jennifer Archer
and Kathleen O'Brien. Each author's fictional story will be accompanied by a
factual introduction of each recipient, with proceeds from the book being
reinvested in the Harlequin More Than Words program.
    "The More Than Words award recipients are exactly the kind of women that
people want to read about. And as an author, there is nothing quite so
powerful as a good-hearted woman on a mission," said New York Times
bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, who wrote a short story inspired by
recipient Jeanne Greenberg. Greenberg's work with SARI Therapeutic Riding
provides horseback riding lessons to special-needs children and their families
to help them achieve an unforgettable experience which is physically and
emotionally therapeutic.
    Harlequin sponsors the More Than Words program to raise awareness about
how individuals can make a difference in their communities and turn that
awareness into action.
    Harlequin chose five outstanding women who represent a broad variety of
women's causes. From providing shelter and services to homeless women and
children to working to find a cure for autism, this year's recipients all have
one thing in common - they have created not-for-profit organizations that
significantly improve their communities.

    
    2008 Harlequin More Than Words Award Recipients
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    -   Jeanne Greenberg of London, Ontario, founded SARI Therapeutic Riding,
        an organization that provides physically and emotionally therapeutic
        experiences for children with special needs through horseback riding
        lessons.

    -   Aviva Presser of Cambridge, Massachusetts, established Bears Without
        Borders in order to provide disadvantaged and desperately ill
        children around the world with toys and childhood essentials

    -   Ruth Renwick of Mississauga, Ontario is the originator of Inside The
        Dream. Helping hundreds of high school students realize their dream
        of graduating alongside their peers has been the primary focus of
        this organization.

    -   Dr. Ricki Robinson of Los Angeles, California, provides hope to
        parents with autistic children through education and support and her
        work with Autism Speaks

    -   Sally Hanna-Schaefer of Woodbury, New Jersey, founder of Mother/Child
        Residential Program, helps provide shelter and services to homeless
        women and children in the southern New Jersey area.
    

    Information on donations or volunteering time to the organizations
highlighted in this year's program is available at
www.HarlequinMoreThanWords.com.
    Readers are also encouraged to submit nominations for next year's More
Than Words Award at www.HarlequinMoreThanWords.com.

    ABOUT HARLEQUIN
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    Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and
one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, with titles issued
worldwide in 26 languages and sold in 109 international markets. The company
produces 120 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,300 authors from around
the world. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TS.B). Harlequin's Web site is located at www.eHarlequin.com.
Harlequin has offices in 18 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York
and London. For more information please visit www.eHarlequin.com or
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For further information: To arrange for an interview with a More Than
Words author or award recipient please contact: Jamie Jo Alton, NATIONAL
Public Relations, (416) 848-1370, or jalton@national.ca

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