President Bill Clinton to Be Honored as 2013 "Father of the Year"

Wed Jan 9, 2013 9:02am EST

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NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--
The National Father`s Day Council announced today that it has selected President
Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of
the United States, as a 2013 "Father of the Year" Award recipient. The awards
will be presented at the 72nd Annual Father of the Year Awards in New York City
on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. 

With proceeds benefitting Save the Children`s U.S. Programs, the awards luncheon
will take place at 12:00 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York Hotel. For tickets and
sponsorship, please contact the Council office at 212-594-5977 or 

President Clinton was elected into the office of President in 1992 and served
two consecutive terms (1993 - 2001). Under his leadership, the country enjoyed
the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in U.S.
history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs. 

After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J.
Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen
economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by
fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into
measurable results. Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the
world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the
Clinton Health Access Initiative (formerly the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative),
which is helping nearly 5 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving
drugs. Since 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative has brought together global
leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world`s most
pressing issues. In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming
rise in childhood obesity through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and
is helping individuals and families succeed and small businesses grow. 

In 2009, President Clinton was named U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti to assist the
government and the people of Haiti as they "build back better" after a series of
hurricanes battered the country in 2008. Following 2010`s devastating
earthquake, President Clinton dedicated Clinton Foundation resources to help
with immediate and long term relief and assistance, and at the request of
President Obama, joined with President George W. Bush to establish the Clinton
Bush Haiti Fund, which supports highly effective organizations on the ground in
long-term rebuilding efforts. 

President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his
wife Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in
Chappaqua, New York. 

"We are extremely honored to have President Clinton accept this award for Father
of the Year," said Dan Orwig, Chairman of the National Father`s Day Committee,
VP, Group Director Men`s Division Itochu Prominent, "With the profound
generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and
many philanthropic organizations, President Clinton exemplifies the attributes
that we celebrate through the father of the year award." 

As part of its commitment to support meaningful philanthropies dealing with
issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National Father`s
Day/Mother`s Day Council, Inc. has donated more than $30 million to date to
meaningful charities nationwide. 

About The National Father`s Day Council

The National Father's Day Committee is part of the Father's Day/Mother's Day
Council, Inc., a non-profit association that has as its mission the recognition
and awarding of honors to role model contemporary Fathers and Mothers, while at
the same time contributing to issues affecting the life and well-being of men,
women and families. Past honorees have included Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower,
John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Generals Douglas MacArthur, Colin Powell and
Norman Schwarzkopf, sports notables Shaquille O`Neal, George Forman and Steve
Young, and communications leaders Tim Russert and Brian Williams. To learn more
about The National Father`s Day Council, visit our website at 

About Save the Children`s U.S. Programs

Save the Children`s U.S. Programs works to break the cycle of poverty and
improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need -
like access to a quality education, healthy foods and opportunities to learn and
grow in a nurturing environment. Save the Children`s early childhood education,
literacy, physical activity and nutrition and emergency response programs
reached more than 78,000 children in the United States last year alone. For more
information visit

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