Former President Bill Clinton has been selected for the 2013 Father of the Year Award
Just when you think the spotlight might turn away from Bill Clinton, it doesn’t. Clinton’s larger-than-life post-presidency and post-political season has been extended to honor his philanthropic work and his statesmanship as the 2013 Father of the Year.
“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. “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.”
The fete on Tuesday, June 11 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in NYC will honor President Clinton and a handful of other dignitary fathers, yet to be determined.
The 72 Annual Father of the Year Award, bestowed by the National Father’s Day Council, historically celebrates high-profile members of society, including athletes, politicians, artists, CEOs—the type of people that will raise the profile of Father’s Day and entice donors to contribute to that year’s charitable organization. The council has raised $30 million to date in support of “meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children.” This year it is Save The Children.
The organization also hosts regional events around Father’s Day to recognize “numerous men from across the nation for the outstanding strength, commitment and love they exhibit as fathers. These men have not only attained success in their chosen field or endeavor, but carved out time to teach and mature their children while also becoming good citizens and proud members of the community.” The Ashok Sani All-Star Dad, awarded to a non-celebrity dad, has yet to be determined.
Wife Hillary Clinton will be resigning her post as Secretary of State to John Kerry on Monday, January 21, at President Obama’s re-inauguration. Whew. The Clintons are never out of the picture long. Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton—only child of the Clintons—will be 33 in February, and the tabloids are pushing for a pregnancy like a fretful grandmother.
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