WASHINGTON, DC – Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, one of the most successful radio fund-raising events in America, will be honored for their pubic service efforts at the 10th annual NAB Education Foundation's Celebration of Service to America Awards. Alabama lead singer, Randy Owen, will accept the award at the celebration held Monday, June 9, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
"Each year, the Samaritan Award is given to a broadcaster or organization that exemplifies the industry's commitment to serving the public interest through the airwaves," said NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr. "Country Cares is a program that truly embodies the spirit of this award, as apparent through their tireless fundraising efforts and dedication to serving the patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital."
Randy Owen played a vital role in establishing Country Cares in 1989. Since its inception, Country Cares has worked with nearly 200 radio stations to raise $315 million for the kids of St. Jude. The national radiothon program is aired in more than 100 radio markets, with over 100 country artists contributing to the organization. These stars include Randy Owen, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lonestar, Clint Black, Keith Urban and more. Additional information can be found at Country Cares' Web site, www.countrycares.org.
Recent Samaritan Award recipients include Gulf Coast broadcasters for their service during and after Hurricane Katrina and syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner for raising millions of dollars in scholarships for students attending historically black colleges and universities. Other past Samaritan Award recipients include the Children's Miracle Network; The Men and Women of America's Armed Forces; former Tribune Company Chairman, President and CEO Dennis J. FitzSimons for his leadership in a number of charitable and community organizations, including the McCormick Tribune Foundation; and a group of Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters and law enforcement officials for initiating the first AMBER Plan.
About The Celebration of Service to America Awards
The Celebration of Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with major support from Bonneville International Corp. and the National Association of Broadcasters. In recent years, legendary rock star Sir Elton John, former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter, and former First Lady Nancy Reagan have been presented with the Celebration of Service to America Leadership Award at the event. Details about the Celebration of Service to America Awards are available at www.nabef.org/ServicetoAmerica.
Bonneville International Corp.
Founded in 1964, Bonneville International’s heritage traces its early roots to KSL Radio, which first went on the air in July of 1922 (originally as KZN) in Salt Lake City and to KSL-TV, which had its on-air debut in 1949. Bonneville currently owns and operates 31 radio stations in the Chicago, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Phoenix, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Salt Lake City markets, as well as KSL 5 Television (NBC affiliate) in Salt Lake City. The company’s working motto is “Do good, do well, make a difference, and have fun,” and it structures its innovative and successful business model on the three principles of 1) building its people, 2) making a difference in its communities, and 3) meeting aggressive financial goals. Bonneville enjoys a long-standing reputation and is known industry-wide for its values-oriented programming and its nationally recognized and award-winning commitment to serving the communities where it broadcasts.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, which was established with a sole purpose of raising the funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For more information, please visit www.stjude.org or call (800) 830-8120.
The NAB Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public interest in supporting and advocating: education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, initiatives stressing the importance of the First Amendment, community service, philanthropy and timely broadcasting issues.
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.