Representatives Clay, Wagner to Jointly Host Congressional Award Ceremony

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What
The Congressional Award Missouri Statewide Ceremony & 4-H Kick-Off presented by Bayer will recognize Congressional Award recipients across the Show Me State for their achievements in voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.

When
Saturday, September 22, 2018
4:30 p.m. CDT

Where
Busch Stadium
Cunningham Corner
700 Clark Street
St. Louis, MO 63102

Who
Bayer, a life science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture, will serve as the Title Sponsor.

U.S. Representatives Lacy Clay (MO-01) and Ann Wagner (MO-02) will present the awards on behalf of Congress.

News 4 This Morning Anchor, Marissa Hollowed, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, Chief Executive Officer of People to People International, will provide keynote remarks.

St. Louis Cardinals President, Bill DeWitt, III, will provide welcoming remarks.

Media Information
Download a list of this year’s 46 awardees (including hometowns).


The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young person through the Senate and House. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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Congressman Lance Hosts New Jersey Congressional Award Ceremony

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September 11, 2018
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Summit, NJ — On Saturday, September 8, 2018, U.S. Representative Leonard Lance (NJ-07) hosted the 2018 New Jersey Congressional Award Ceremony.

The statewide ceremony recognized 92 New Jersey youth with The Congressional Award Bronze, Silver, or Gold Medal. Each awardee set and achieved goals in four program areas – Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Collectively, this year’s group contributed 25,770 volunteer hours to their local communities.

In his keynote address, Congressman Lance described the importance of the accomplishment.

“The Congressional Award highlights the incredible volunteerism and community spirit of many young Americans from all walks of life and from each corner of the United States. Our New Jersey students did a tremendous job and our medalists have bettered their neighborhoods, helped those in need, and inspired friends and family to take up public service. I commend all participants and their advisors for their good work. Congratulations to the 2018 Congressional Award recipients.”

Celgene served as the Title Sponsor as well as the host venue, welcoming award recipients and guests to their headquarters in Summit, New Jersey. The global biopharmaceutical company has become a perennial partner of Congress’ award program for youth, supporting the development of the program both locally and nationally.

Rich Bagger, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Strategic Market Access at Celgene Corporation, provided congratulatory remarks at the event.

“Celgene is proud to support The Congressional Award program, and proud to see so many young adults from New Jersey receive their Congressional Awards. We are inspired by the dedication to community service, the investment in self-improvement, and the commitment to helping others that was displayed by the award winners. This program traces its roots to our home state of New Jersey, and Celgene looks forward to continuing our partnership to grow and expand this great program for youth across our state,” said Bagger.

The ceremony also lent the talents of News 12 New Jersey political reporter Katie Kyros as master of ceremonies and Reverend Gary Holden, CEO of The Police Chaplain Program.

Celgene’s Director of Federal Government Relations and Congressional Award Board Member, Patrick Gliha, was on hand to help also present Congressional Award STEM Stars to participants who pursued activities in science, technology, engineering, and math.

“At Celgene, our purpose and our mission is to change the course of human health through bold pursuits in science. Though we’ve made tremendous strides in the treatment of many diseases, we know that there is still much work to be done. As we look to the future, it is important that we continue to develop the next generation of biologists, chemists, engineers, pharmacists, nurses, and more. It is these jobs that will fill the labs of tomorrow and benefit not just our workforce at Celgene but nationwide. That is why we support The Congressional Award STEM Stars Initiative, to continue to see a passion for STEM in our youth, who will go on to pursue careers in science and math,” stated Gliha.

The ceremony program and list of this year’s recipients are available to download.

About
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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Congressman Lance to Honor Youth for Goal-Setting, Community Service

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What
The Congressional Award New Jersey Statewide Ceremony presented by Celgene will recognize Congressional Award Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalists across the state for their achievements in voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.

Where
Celgene Corporation
Jackie Fouse Conference Center (Building J)
86 Morris Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

When
Saturday, September 8, 2018
2:00 p.m. EDT

Who
Approximately 120 attendees, including elected officials, youth Congressional Award recipients and their families, corporate and community leaders, and local partners.

Celgene, a global biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the lives of patients worldwide by delivering innovative and life-changing treatments, will serve as the Title Sponsor.

U.S. Representative Leonard Lance (NJ-07) will present the awards on behalf of Congress.

News 12 New Jersey political reporter, Katie Kyros, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Media Information
Download a list of this year’s 92 medalists (including hometowns).
Members of the press are encouraged to attend. RSVP to media contact by September 6th.


The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young person through the Senate and House. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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Reps. Adams and Hudson Host NC Congressional Award Ceremony

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August 16, 2018
Contact: Derek M. Doyle
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Concord, NC — On Thursday, August 16, 2018, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) and Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-08) hosted the 2018 North Carolina Congressional Award Ceremony & 4-H Kick-Off.

The event recognized youth for setting goals that positively impacted their community and challenged themselves personally. Each Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist logged hundreds of hours in four program areas – Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.

Charlotte Motor Speedway served as the host venue, granting medalists and their guests special access to The Speedway Club event space.

Aric Almirola, NASCAR driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing, served as keynote speaker.

The ceremony was also a strategic effort to showcase the Foundation’s partnership with 4-H, a youth-centric organization with a strong footprint in the Tar Heel State.

Keeping with the spirit of the two youth development programs, the event was capped off with a service project. Youth participants assembled hundreds of hygiene kits to be delivered to deployed U.S. military service members.

Mike Skahill, Vice President of Government Affairs at Smithfield Foods and Congressional Award Foundation board member, delivered the congratulatory remarks on behalf of event sponsor, Smithfield Foods.

“Smithfield Foods is proud to once again support The Congressional Award, rewarding tomorrow’s leaders for their dedication to public service and personal growth,” said Skahill. “We share the same values of integrity and accountability and are strongly committed to practicing these principles each day across our company and fostering the same commitment through future generations.”

Before the presentation of medals, Congresswoman Adams and Congressman Hudson spoke directly to the award recipients.

“These young men and women are truly inspirational leaders and I am honored to be part of this program,” stated Congressman Hudson. As a member of The Congressional Award’s Board of Directors, I am proud to recognize their achievements and encourage others to participate in the program. I look forward to hearing about their continued success in the future.”

“I’m privileged to present The Congressional Award to the young North Carolinians who earned this honor in 2018, and I am inspired by their dedication to themselves, our state, and our nation.” said Congresswoman Adams. “Each of these young leaders’ commitment to personal development and public service is positively impacting communities across the Tar Heel state. I know that the future of our democracy is bright.”

This year’s ceremony honored 78 Medalists across the state who collectively contributed over 70,000 hours of voluntary public service. North Carolina remains one of the most active states in The Congressional Award’s portfolio, with the Charlotte metropolitan area ranking within the top 10 fastest growing regions.

A copy of the ceremony program and list of Congressional Award recipients can be found here.

About
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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U.S. Representatives Adams & Hudson to Honor North Carolina Youth

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What
The Congressional Award North Carolina Statewide Ceremony & 4-H Kick-Off presented by Smithfield Foods will recognize Congressional Award Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalists and showcase the Foundation’s 4-H partnership in the Tar Heel State.

The kick-off will also embrace the spirit of The Congressional Award and 4-H programs by organizing an on-site service project. Youth participants will assemble hundreds of hygiene kits for deployed U.S. military service members.

Where
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy S
Concord, NC 28027

When
Thursday, August 16, 2018
9:30 a.m. EST

Who
Approximately 100 attendees, including Members of Congress, youth Congressional Award Medalists and family/friends, corporate and community leaders, and partnering organizations.

Smithfield Foods, a global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, will serve as the Title Sponsor.

U.S. Representatives Richard Hudson (NC-08) and Alma Adams (NC-12) will present the awards on behalf of Congress.

The event will also welcome special guest NASCAR Driver Aric Almirola of Stewart-Haas Racing.

Media Information
Medalist contact information and award biographies are available upon request.
Event sponsorship opportunities are available here.


The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young person through the Senate and House. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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U.S. Congress to Honor Youth Nationwide with Congressional Award Gold Medal

Contact: Derek M. Doyle
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What: Members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives will recognize 442 youth across 41 states at the 2018 Congressional Award Gold Medal Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

For a minimum of two years, each Gold Medalist has logged at least 800 hours across four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. The 2018 Gold Medal class is the largest in the program’s 39 year history.

Where: Three award ceremonies will take place in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room, located in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018

10:00 a.m. | Ceremony One
Arizona, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

12:30 p.m. | Ceremony Two
California, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas.

3:00 p.m. | Ceremony Three
Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Who: Approximately 1,000 attendees, including Members of Congress, youth Gold Medalists and family/friends, corporate and community leaders, and partnering organizations.

The ceremony will welcome special guests like ABC’s Jonathan Karl as Master of Ceremonies and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Media Information: Gold Medalist contact information and award biographies are available upon request. Learn more at www.congressionalaward.org/2018gmc. A list of Gold Medalists can be found here.

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The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young person through the Senate and House. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

Congressional Award Arkansas Kick-Off Held in Little Rock

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Washington, DC (April 27, 2018) — In cooperation with Arkansas 4-H and state and local partners, The Congressional Award Foundation held a program launch event in Little Rock last weekend.

The Arkansas Service Day and Reception, held on Saturday, April 21, was a strategic effort to showcase the Foundation’s partnership with 4-H and to introduce Congress’ award for youth to young people in the Natural State.

Coinciding with Global Youth Service Day, the largest service event in the world, the kick-off begin with a celebration of service at the Arkansas 4-H Center. Youth participants assembled hundreds of hygiene kits for deployed military service members.

That evening, Governor Asa Hutchinson welcomed youth participants, family members, and supporters to the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion for a reception. Honorary guests and speakers included U.S. Senator John Boozman, former Secretary of Transportation and Congressional Award Vice-Chairman Rodney Slater, and Associate Director of 4-H Youth Development Dr. Martha Ray Sartor.

“The young people who gathered at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion reminded me that the upcoming generation promises great things for Arkansas,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said. “I appreciate The Congressional Award program for the opportunities it offers our youth to undertake good work for their communities. It was an honor to greet the men and women of our future.”

Erica Heyse, Congressional Award National Director, identified Arkansas as a primary target for outreach and development in the coming year, with a goal of enrolling youth from across the state.

Following the event, Senator Boozman issued the following statement, “The Congressional Award program is a worthwhile experience that is incredibly fulfilling for our youth and the organizations where they dedicate their service. Partnering with 4-H will open more doors to youth interested in improving themselves and their community. I am proud to support this opportunity to challenge young Arkansans to develop valuable skills that will help shape their future.”

View the full photo gallery of the reception. Photos provided by the Office of Governor Hutchinson.


About The Congressional Award
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

About 4‑H
4‑H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4‑H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3,000 local Extension offices.

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Senate Majority Leader Appoints Laura O’Connor to National Board of Directors

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Washington, DC (November 8, 2017) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has appointed Laura O’Connor of Eagle Mountain, Utah to The Congressional Award Foundation’s National Board of Directors. Mrs. O’Connor will serve as one of the five civilian posts under the Senate Majority Leader.

“This appointment reflects the confidence many have in Laura, and the respect she has earned from decades of leadership and commitment to youth,” said Paxton K. Baker, Chairman of The Congressional Award National Board of Directors. “As The Congressional Award sharpens our focus on improving opportunities for America’s youth, we welcome Laura’s expertise and creativity to increase our impact.”

Mrs. O’Connor has been employed with the Alpine School District for the last 14 years as the Junior High Registrar in the Counseling office and serves on the Registrar Guiding Coalition.

Laura is currently the Scholarship Coordinator on the HOBY Utah Executive Board and has served in a variety of volunteer roles including the Utah Winter Guard Circuit’s Executive Board as the Assistant Contest Director. Mrs. O’Connor has worked with youth of all ages for most of her life, serving as a Girl Scout Leader, 4-H Advisor/Leader, PTA member, and School Site Committee member.

“I am honored and excited to serve alongside each of the board members. I am passionate about this program having seen it first hand and how it impacts not only the youth individually that participate in it, but how their service changes the communities in which they live,” said Laura upon accepting her appointment to the board of directors.

The Congressional Award has become a family tradition for the O’Connors. Laura earned the Silver Medal in 1986 and her husband, Michael (1985 Gold Medalist), and three children; Ashleigh (2011 Gold Medalist), McKenna (2016 Gold Medalist), and Michael (2016 Silver Medalist) have all participated.

Alongside her husband, Laura was named the recipient of The Congressional Award’s Inspiration Award in 2016 for her exemplary work as a youth advisor.

Learn more about Laura by visiting www.congressionalaward.org/board.

The Congressional Award is U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young person through the Senate and House. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program encourages and recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 14-23. 

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The Congressional Award Foundation Welcomes Four New Members to National Board

Anthony Crowell, Jonathan Heafitz, Chris Leahy, Mike Skahill Join Board of Directors

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Washington, DC (October 10, 2017) — The Congressional Award Foundation announces the election of four new Board Members – Anthony Crowell, Jonathan Heafitz, Chris Leahy, and Michael Skahill.

“Collectively, our new members embody the spirit of the Award and share a vision for the community we strive to build. In light of our rapid growth, these professionals will provide business acumen and introduce the program to diverse new networks,” said Paxton Baker, Chairman of The Congressional Award National Board of Directors.

Anthony Crowell serves as Dean and President of New York Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the State of New York. One of his crowning achievements in this role has been the creation and implementation of the school’s first comprehensive strategic plan. Crowell was credited in introducing the nation’s first Two-Year J.D. Honors program, which reduces the cost and time to earn a law degree by one-third.

Crowell’s previous work experience includes membership in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s senior executive management team, counseling top officials in the New York City Law Department, and leading the International City/County Management Association’s government affairs and policy committee. Anthony currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Brooklyn Public Library. Crowell is also a Congressional Award Silver Medalist.

Jonathan Heafitz is the Assistant Vice President of Federal Affairs for the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA), the nation’s trade association for pharmacy benefit managers. In this role, Mr. Heafitz has led advocacy efforts for the industry on Capitol Hill for more than a decade.

Prior to joining PCMA, Mr. Heafitz served in a variety of legislative roles in both the House and Senate, including in the offices of Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Mark Dayton (D-MN).

Chris Leahy is an accomplished executive leader with over twenty-five years of corporate affairs, communications, public policy, and government experience. In his current role as Bayer’s Vice President and Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, Mr. Leahy leads the government relations and policy platform and advises U.S. and global leadership regarding key government regulation and policy issues. Bayer is a leading global life sciences company with a 150-year history and core competencies is the areas of healthcare and agriculture.

Prior to joining Bayer, Chris was Vice President of Federal Government Relations for Peabody Energy. Chris also served on Capitol Hill as a Policy Coordinator and Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Michael Skahill is Vice President of Government Affairs for Smithfield Foods, Inc., a global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia. In this position, Skahill plays a key role in the development of policies and strategies to engage governments, multilateral organizations, and other key stakeholders in domestic and international markets.

Skahill lends his talent to various industry leadership boards and committees, including serving as Chairman of the American Romania Business Council, Vice-Chair of the American Poland Business Council, and Treasurer of the US-China Agriculture and Food Partnership. Mike also currently serves as a Director of the National Pork Board, elected by the nation’s pork producers and confirmed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in 2016.

Prior to joining Smithfield Foods in 1998, Skahill has thirteen years of international meat merchandising and trading experience with the Louis Dreyfus Corporation, the United States Meat Export Federation, and Cargill, Inc.

The Congressional Award is U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young person through the Senate and House. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program encourages and recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 14-23.

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Chris Doleman Selected as Horizon Award Recipient

NFL Hall of Famer to be recognized for charitable contributions

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Washington, DC (September 27, 2017) — Congress will honor former NFL player Christopher Doleman with the Horizon Award at The Congressional Award Foundation’s 23rd Annual Golf Classic.

Revered as one of the finest defensive players in National Football League history, Chris Doleman played 15 seasons in the league for the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, and San Francisco 49ers. Doleman is an 8-time Pro Bowl selection, a member of the NFL’s 1990 All-Decade Team, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

After hanging up his cleats, Chris began to focus his energy on important social issues and humanitarian endeavors. Mr. Doleman founded the Celebrity Charitable Network, a consulting firm that works with athletes, musicians, and other media personalities to support their philanthropic fundraising efforts. Much of Doleman’s recent work has focused on veteran support and reintegration. He partnered with the nonprofit Warriors for Freedom on the Remembering the 22 campaign to bring awareness to the growing epidemic of veteran suicide. Chris is a strong advocate for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, calling the Boys Club of York in Pennsylvania a second home and safe haven during his youth.

“In addition to being a supremely gifted athlete, Chris possesses a magnanimous personality and practices altruism in his daily life. His ability to amplify important messages is worthy of our admiration and a great example for our nation’s young people,” said Mr. Paxton Baker, Chairman of The Congressional Award National Board of Directors.

THE HORIZON AWARD
A special recognition from the Joint Leadership Commission of The Congressional Award Foundation and its Board of Directors, the Horizon Award recognizes individuals from the private sector who have worked to expand opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions.

Previous recipients include Drew Brees, America Ferrera, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bob Lanier, Wynton Marsalis, Cal Ripken, Jr., Pat and Emmitt Smith, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

THE CONGRESSIONAL AWARD FOUNDATION
The Congressional Award is U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young person through the Senate and House. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program encourages and recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 14-23.

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