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WAXAHACHIE - The American Diversity Association presented awards to employers and employees who have demonstrated their determination and willingness to promote diversity in the workplace during their third annual Diversity Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, April 3 at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

The ADA, a nonprofit organization, strives to promote diversity through on-site job training, seminars, and informational packets.

'We are a state agency that serves individuals with disabilities and integrates them into the employment section,' said ADA President Monique Thomas.

Ennis' Super Wal-Mart was awarded the grand prize, 'Employer of the Year,' for their commitment to promoting diversity in 2002. The super-giant retailer hired more workers with disabilities than anyone else in Ellis County, by putting eight workers on during the last two months of 2002. This is the third year Wal-Mart has won the top honor.

Other companies recognized for their efforts include the City of Waxahachie, the City of DeSoto, Church's Chicken of Waxahachie, DART Manufacturing of Texas in Waxahachie and eTelcharge.com of DeSoto.

'For those who do not know exactly what we are trying to do, we invite them and their companies so they can see what is going on. They can see what we are implanting so they can get on the bandwagon as well,' said James Thomas.

President and CEO of eTelcharge.com Carl Sherman presented the keynote address.

He instructed the audience on how people in America can help break down diversity and racism.

'We have to realize we are the ones who solve our own problems,' Sherman said. 'I hope we challenge ourselves to get out of our comfort zones.'

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