The Charity Awards Committee announced that U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas will be presented with its distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual banquet Dec. 3 at the Dulles Hyatt in Washington, D.C.
The Charity Awards
is a bipartisan event that the White House has hosted in both Democrat and Republican administrations. It first presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to President Ronald Reagan in the East Room in 1982.
Citing his lifetime of work in promoting the rights of private sector charities, entertainer Pat Boone, co-chairman of the awards committee, described Paul as America’s foremost champion of the constitutional rights of nongovernmental organizations.
Speaking for the committee, Co-Chairman Doug Wead said, “At a time of great economic recession, when Americans are more dependent on charity and the goodwill of volunteers than ever before, Ron Paul’s voice has been a lonely sentinel holding back well intentioned but costly new government regulations for nonprofit work.”
Among other honors, the Committee voted a Charity in Sports Award to Sam Lamantia Jr., one of the organizers behind NFL Charities; a Charity Advocate Award to Judge Andrew Napolitano; a Charity in the Arts Award to Brian Kilmeade, co-host of Fox and Friends; and a Corporate Charity Award to Anne Beiler founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.
The Charity Awards was founded in 1979; Rosalynn Carter was its first honorary Chairperson and since then eight presidents and first ladies have attended the event.
Normally a closed venue, with donations at $2,000 a plate, this year, at the request of Congressman Paul, tickets will be made available to the general public at a nominal price. The dinner and reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 and will take place at the Dulles Hyatt near Dulles International Airport. Former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr. and other icons of conservative American politics will be on hand to present the award to Paul.
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