KING CENTER TO HONOR PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON, KAISER PERMANENTE WITH 2015 SALUTE TO GREATNESS AWARD

10/23/2014

Atlanta . . . The King Center will recognize President Bill Clinton for his extraordinary work with The Clinton Foundation, including his bi-partisan efforts with the Clinton Global Initiative, by presenting him with one of the Center’s highest honors, the Salute to Greatness Award. The award is given during the Annual Salute to Greatness Awards dinner. “The dinner is our primary fundraiser and provides an opportunity for The King Center to recognize an individual and a corporation that reflect excellence in leadership and a commitment to social responsibility in the spirit of my father,” stated King Center CEO, Dr. Bernice A. King.  The dinner will take place on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The 2015 corporate honoree is Kaiser Permanente. The award will be accepted by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bernard J. Tyson. Kaiser Permanente is being presented this award because of its outstanding philanthropic efforts and commitment to diversity in the workplace, including the service that their employees provide through the corporation’s Community Giving Campaign.

The King Center will also present two Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. (“Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership”) Awards at the dinner. This award annually recognizes a young leader (ages 12-25) and a youth organization/initiative that exemplifies exceptional leadership in the areas of peace, social justice and nonviolent social change. The 2015 youth recipient will be 13-year old, Mr. Aidan Thomas Hornaday, founder of Aidan Cares, for his commitment to helping those in need through philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, while “teaching a generation to give,” and encouraging parents to teach their children to give. The award recipient for the youth initiative is the Tangelo Park Program, established by Mr. Harris Rosen.  The initiative was selected “…because it is one of our nation’s most dynamic and creative philanthropic projects and is a powerful example of how focusing humanitarian efforts, in a single geographic location, helps to transform lives,” stated Dr. King.

Information concerning sponsorship opportunities and tickets for the Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner is available on The King Center’s website at www.thekingcenter.org or you may call 404.526.8911 for further details. Also, please reach out to The King Center if you are interested in learning more about our educational and training initiatives.

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UPDATE:

CNN’S WOLF BLITZER SET TO EMCEE SALUTE TO GREATNESS DINNER,

KING CENTER WILL HONOR Christine King Farris WITH THE Distinguished Legacy of Service Award

sATURDAY, JANUARY 17, AT 7:00 PM

                           ATLANTA, GA (January 9, 2015).  At this year’s Annual Salute to Greatness Dinner, The King Center will be presenting the inaugural Distinguished Legacy of Service Award to Dr. Christine King Farris—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s only sister and surviving sibling. This commendation is being awarded to Dr. Farris for her lifelong dedication and commitment to supporting the work and mission of The King Center since its inception in 1968.  Wolf Blitzer, host of CNN’s the Situation Room, andWSB news anchor, Jovita Moore, will be on hand to emcee this year’s Salute to Greatness Dinner.  The dinner will take place on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., in Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.