Congress to Honor Youth Nationwide with Congressional Award Gold Medal

Contact:
Derek Doyle – (301) 676-3882, doyle@congressionalaward.org
Martine Charles – (206) 295-9114, martine@marcglobalcommunications.com
Sharon Liggins – (818) 207-5027, sharon.liggins@gmail.com
Washington, DC


What: Members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives will recognize 538 youth across 42 states and territories at the 2019 Congressional Award Gold Medal Ceremony.

The Congressional Award Gold Medal is the highest honor a member of Congress may bestow upon a youth civilian. 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 2019 Gold Medal class is the largest in the program’s 40-year history.

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

When & Where:

Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Gold Medal Ceremonies
U.S Capitol Visitor Center – Congressional Auditorium
First St NE, Washington, DC 20515

10:00 a.m. | Ceremony I
Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming.

Confirmed Guest Speakers: U.S. Senator Mitt Romney and Horizon Awardee Gail Miller (Owner of Utah Jazz, Co-Founder of Larry H. Miller Group of Companies).

12:30 p.m. | Ceremony II
Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Confirmed Guest Speaker: U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08)

3:00 p.m. | Ceremony III
Arizona, Armed Services Abroad, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

Confirmed Guest Speakers: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, U.S. Representative Brian Mast (FL-18), and Inspiration Awardee Lynn Lyons.

Friday, June 21, 2019 | Panel Discussions

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | A Lifetime of Service
Library of Congress – Thomas Jefferson Building – The Member’s Room
9101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540

Panelists: Gina Cross (AmeriCorps NCCC), Steve Culbertson (Youth Service America), Maura Fulton (Peace Corps), Javier LaFianza (HOBY), U.S. Representative Doris Matsui (CA-06)

Moderator: Jevin Hodge (LINK Strategic Partners)

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Entrepreneurship
2168 Rayburn House Office Building – The Gold Room
45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515

Panelists: Michael Akin (LINK Strategic Partners), Sandra Evers-Manly (Northrop Grumman), Mark Ein (Entrepreneur & Investor), Cece Morken (Intuit), U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez (NY-07)

Moderator: Sanyin Siang (COLE, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business)

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Travel with Purpose
2168 Rayburn House Office Building – The Gold Room
45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515

Panelists: Merrill Eisenhower Atwater (People to People International), Dr. Alex Cromwell (George Washington University), George Stone (National Geographic Travel)

Moderator: Angie Ange (Angie Ange in the Morning, College is Cool Inc.)

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Empowering Women
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Panelists: Gina Adams (FedEx), Susan Fisher Sterling (NMWA), Gail Miller (Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, Utah Jazz)

Moderator: Jessica Grounds (Mine the Gap)

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Sports, Health, and Wellness
Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy
3675 Ely Pl SE, Washington, DC 20019

Panelists: John Bramlette (Washington Nationals Dream Foundation), Derrick Dockery (Former NFL Player), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (GM of the Capital City Go-Go), Tanya Vogel (George Washington University).

Moderators: Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis (The Tommy Show)

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Media Information: Gold Medalist contact information and award biographies are available upon request.

PRESS KIT   GOLD MEDALIST LIST   EVENT INFO


The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ only charity and award program for youth. 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.

2019 Gold Medal Submission Deadline

In order to be eligible for the 2019 Gold Medal Ceremony in June 2019 (exact date TBA), participants must submit their Gold Medal Record Book to the national office no later than February 1, 2019.

This is a postmark, email, and fax deadline. Submissions made after February 1st will be grouped with the 2020 Gold Medal class.

If you have submitted a Gold Medal Record Book and it is currently “pending,” please submit your revision responses no later than March 15, 2019.

Representatives Clarke, Maloney to Hold Congressional Award Ceremony in NYC

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Contact: Derek Doyle | doyle@congressionalaward.org
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What
The Congressional Award New York Statewide Ceremony will recognize 297 Congressional Award recipients across the Empire State for their goal-setting achievements in voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.

When
Sunday, October 21, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET

Where
New York Law School
Auditorium
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Who
U.S. Representatives Yvette Clarke (NY-09) and Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) will present the awards on behalf of Congress.

Spectrum News NY1 political reporter Grace Rauh will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Anthony Crowell, Dean and President of New York Law School and member of The Congressional Award Foundation’s Board of Directors, will provide welcoming remarks.

The event will also usher in local leadership, welcoming NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres and Congressional Award Board Member Mitch Draizin.

Pamela Wilks, Assistant Principal of Manhattan Hunter Science High School, will be honored with the Outstanding Advisor award for her efforts in shepherding and mentoring students through the program.

Media Information
Download a list of this year’s 297 awardees (including hometowns).
Download an advance copy of the ceremony program.


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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Sen. Wicker, Rep. Harper to Host Mississippi Congressional Award Ceremony

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Contact: Derek Doyle | doyle@congressionalaward.org
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What
The Congressional Award Mississippi Statewide Ceremony will recognize 38 youth from across the Magnolia State for their goal-setting achievements in four program areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.

The event will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Mississippi Congressional Award program presented through Mississippi 4-H and Mississippi State University Extension.

When
Sunday, October 14, 2018
2:30 p.m. CT

Where
Old Capitol Museum
100 State St.
Jackson, MS 39201

Who
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (MS) and U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (MS-03) will present the awards on behalf of Congress.

16 WAPT News Anchor Keegan Foxx will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Dr. Gary Jackson, Director of Mississippi State University Extension; and Dr. Linda Mitchell, Regional Extension Coordinator for North Mississippi Research and Extension Center and member of The Congressional Award Foundation’s Board of Directors; will provide remarks.

Media Information
Download a copy of the program for a list of this year’s medalists (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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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 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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U.S. Representatives Adams & Hudson to Honor North Carolina Youth

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Contact: Derek Doyle | doyle@congressionalaward.org
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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

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.

U.S. Congress to Recognize 373 Youth with The Congressional Award Gold Medal

WHAT
Members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives will honor 373 youth across 39 states at the 2017 Congressional Award Gold Medal Ceremony in our nation’s capital. Recipients of The Congressional Award Gold Medal have earned the highest honor Congress bestows upon a youth civilian.

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 2017 Gold Medal class is the largest in the program’s 38 year history.

WHERE
The award ceremony will take place in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center’s Congressional Auditorium, located on Capitol Hill.

WHEN
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Morning Ceremony | 10:00 a.m.
Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, & Wyoming.

Afternoon Ceremony | 2:30 p.m.
Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, & West Virginia.

WHO
Members of Congress, Gold Medalists and their family/friends, corporate and community leaders, and partnering organizations.

The ceremony will welcome special guests like CNN’s Wolf Blitzer as Master of Ceremonies, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, as well as members of the Senate and House to present their constituents with the award.

View a listing of this year’s Gold Medalists and the Community Impact Report. Media inquiries should be sent to Director of Communications, Derek Doyle.


ABOUT
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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U.S. Representatives from North Carolina to Recognize Youth for Service to Community

April 22, 2017 (Charlotte, North Carolina) – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), along with Representative Alma Adams (NC-12), will honor nearly 70 youth with The Congressional Award, U.S Congress’ highest honor for young people.

The recipients are high school and college students who have devoted hundreds of hours to enriching their communities and developing their own talents. Culminating in a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Certificate or a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Medal, each participant set personally challenging goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.

The award ceremony is truly a coalition of good and a staple of youth recognition across the Tar Heel State – welcoming corporate supporters, school administrators, and community leaders – to celebrate the good works of young North Carolinians. Smithfield Foods will serve as the event sponsor. Williams & Jensen will serve as the reception sponsor.

2017 CONGRESSIONAL AWARD NORTH CAROLINA STATEWIDE CEREMONY
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 | 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. EST
CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE – CENTRAL CAMPUS
TATE HALL
1206 ELIZABETH AVENUE
CHARLOTTE, NC 28204

ABOUT US
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 is non-competitive and open to young people ages 14-23, regardless of mental or physical challenges, or socioeconomic status. The Congressional Award enables participants to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character, and foster community service, personal development, and citizenship.

The Congressional Award believes it is important to recognize goal-setting and servant leadership in America’s youth. To date, over 7.5 million hours of service have been contributed to communities across the country as a part of The Congressional Award program – many in schools, libraries, service centers, and hospitals throughout North Carolina. North Carolina is one of the fastest growing states in the program’s portfolio with 1,684 of the more than 45,000 participants nationwide.

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