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Georgetown's C. Boyden Gray is Honoree

October 15, 2017

Georgetown resident Ambassador C. Boyden Gray was among those honored at the 2017 Points of Light Tribute Awards Dinner at the Embassy of France in Washington DC on Thursday (Oct. 19).

He received the Lifetime of Service award.

Other honorees included former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, NFL player Coty Sensabaugh & Dominique Sensabaugh, and wildlife advocates Jack & Suzi Hanna.

Points of Light, a global non-profit inspired by former President George H. W. Bush, is the world’s leading volunteer service organization. The Tribute Awards, entitled “Changing Lives Through Service,” annually honor individuals who embody the vision of “1,000 points of light” that President Bush first invoked during his acceptance speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention.

Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s lead anchor, emceed the event.

Some 300 corporate, non-profit, and community leaders gathered to honor individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions to volunteering and service have made their communities and the world better.

Mr. and Mrs. Neil M. Bush and His Excellency Gérard Araud, ambassador of France to the United States, hosted the event, along with the event Honorary Chairman C. Boyden Gray, and dinner co-chairs  Wally and Sandy Ganzi, and Larry Bathgate and Michelle Bengué.

 “Points of Light continues to lift up one of the legacies that is most important to my dad, and one that continues to have enormous ripples and impact in communities around the world,” said Neil Bush, chairman of Points of Light’s board of directors and a son of former President George H. W. Bush. “These extraordinary individuals bring leadership, innovation, and energy to bear on some of the toughest challenges we face as a nation. It is our privilege to recognize them.”

Honorees are

·       Schwarzenegger, former California governor and founding chair of R20: Regions of Climate Action and founder of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy;

·       Coty and Dominique Sensabaugh, founders of the Sensabaugh Mission Moon  (he is a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers);

·       Jack and Suzi Hanna, co-hosts of Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, and ambassadors for the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds.

·       A Points of Light Lifetime Service Award was presented to Gray for his public service, volunteer leadership on the boards of numerous charitable, educational and professional organizations, and his longtime support of the Points of Light vision and mission as established by President Bush.

The honorees are representative of the more than 62 million Americans who volunteer their time, talent and resources every year in service to others. The value and impact of volunteering is particularly relevant on the heels of numerous recent natural disasters, including three major hurricanes and an earthquake. 

The Points of Light disaster services team supports first responder organization such as FEMA and the American Red Cross, connects with voluntary organizations active in disaster chapters across the United States to assess the situation, and coordinates with affiliates and partner organizations in the affected areas to support long-term volunteer engagement in recovery efforts.

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Everyone: Join CARE's Global Leaders Network

September 27, 2017

Major international humanitarian agency CARE officially launched its new Global Leaders Network Tuesday evening as it honored four members of Congress who work to support international aid and bolster global stability.

Michelle Nunn (left) presents honor to Rep. Nita Lowey (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Michelle Nunn (left) presents honor to Rep. Nita Lowey

Congressional award honorees were Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., and Rep. Nita Lowey, D-NY.

In his remarks, Leahy pointed out that “750 million people around the work live on less than $2 a day.”  Foreign aid can make a difference “between life and death for many people,” and stressed that Democrats and Republican must work in unison to make certain the USA doesn’t “retreat from global leadership.”   

Lowey, as did Leahy, made a point that Sen. Graham and another CARE speaker, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., are dedicated to helping the world’s most vulnerable by keeping funding in the State Department budget for world charitable assistance.

CARE President and CEO Michelle Nunn said:

“For more than 70 years, the United States had led efforts to promote peace, prosperity and share values to foster global stability.  But now, proposals to dismantle America’s foreign assistance structure and investments are advancing in Washington.”  

She warned that such cuts in the budget could drastically affect assistance to poorer countries and, as a result, undercut national security.

Video remarks were made by Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Adm. James Stavridis. Ambassadors and representatives from several countries including Finland, Germany and Kosovo, attended. In the audience of about 100 were Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and power lawyer Lloyd Hand.

Michelle Rodriguez, project manager for The White Ribbon Alliance; Kelly D. Horton, North America policy director public affairs for MARS Incorporated; & CARE's Beth Solomon (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Michelle Rodriguez, project manager for The White Ribbon Alliance; Kelly D. Horton, North America policy director public affairs for MARS Incorporated; & CARE's Beth Solomon

CARE works in 94 countries to help refugees, victims of famine, the poor, and assists the vulnerable in recovering after disaster.

Attendees at the reception at Jones Day offices were invited to join CARE Global Leaders Network, which will feature embassy-hosted events including national security leaders, policy briefs, and congressional leaders and journalists.  Also available will be invitations to travel abroad with CARE to experience the impact of CARE charitable programs.

Anyone interested in joining the Global Leaders Network is encouraged to contact Beth Solomon, managing director of external affairs and development at CARE’s DC office, 202.595.2800.


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BOTUS Pence Inks Deal

September 17, 2017

Bugs, Peter, and Roger, move over!

Marlon Bundo Pence, first bunny of the United States, is the main character in a forthcoming children’s book illustrated by second lady Karen Pence and written by Charlotte Pence, daughter of Karen and Vice President Mike Pence.

The book, with water color illustrations, is set to hit stores on March 19, 2018.

Mrs. Pence is a school teacher by profession and an advocate of art for children’s programs.

A portion of the book’s proceeds will be earmarked (bunny ears, of course) for charity.  Regnery Publishing said in a press release that donations will go to an art therapy program at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Tracy's Kids, an art therapy for children with cancer,  and A21, an organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking.

Marlon Bundo is an Instagram star since taking up residence at the Pence’s home at the Naval Observatory.  He has made official appearances with the Second Couple.

Says BOTUS (Bunny of the United States) in a press release:  “In the book, I follow Grandpa (Pence) around all day, as a BOTUS should, while he goes about his duties as Vice President.”

A post on Instagram showed the bunny signing an agreement with his paw print. He has 15,000 followers.

Paw-print signings events will be scheduled .

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