Gene D'Adamo, a champion on behalf of child abuse prevention for many years, serves as Vice President of Community Relations for The Arizona Republic, the nation's 15th largest newspaper. In this capacity, Mr. D'Adamo is responsible for administering corporate and foundation contributions and managing community relations and outreach programs. He also oversees the employee volunteer program, the newspaper's public service advertising component, and internal communications. Under his direction, The Republic has become one of Arizona's premiere corporate philanthropic givers, generating more than $33 million in the past eight years to support local charities. Child Abuse Prevention is a core focus area that The Republic supports. Mr. D'Adamo helped initiate The Child Abuse Prevention License Plate program, a unique public-private partnership with the Governor's Community Policy Office, Division for Children. He played a critical role in the passage of the bill by testifying at the state legislature and working with The Republic's news and editorial departments to create public awareness and support. Through this program, The Arizona Republic Charities contributes a 50 cents-on-the-dollar match for every license plate purchased. Those funds then are distributed to primary prevention programs throughout Arizona. In addition, The Republic provides public service advertising to promote the sale of the plates as well as funding for campaign administration. More than 27,000 plates have been purchased, and over $1,000,000 has been generated to support primary child abuse prevention programs throughout Arizona since the program's inception in 2000.