WASHINGTON – The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) has awarded the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) with its prestigious national Public Spirit Award. ALA National President Mary E. Davis presented the award at a special luncheon in the Foundation’s honor during the ALA’s Washington DC Conference, held at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation was founded in 2006 after ABC “World News Tonight” reporter Bob Woodruff was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, BWF has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans. To date, BWF has invested more than $35 million to find, fund, and shape programs that have empowered more than 2.5 million impacted veterans, servicemembers, and their families.
“We’re very humbled that you have chosen the Bob Woodruff Foundation for this year’s Public Spirit Award. We are so in awe of the work you do every single day for our nation’s veterans. We are grateful to not be alone in our efforts to keep the spotlight on the needs of our veterans,” said Bob Woodruff.
Established in 1983, the ALA’s Public Sprit Award is given annually to an outstanding organization and/or individual for contributions that positively impact our communities through service to our military, veterans, and their families. Recipients of the ALA’s Public Spirit Award include the Home Depot Foundation, author Sarah Smiley, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Ronald Reagan, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Ann Landers, and Miss America 2000 Heather Renee French.
About the ALA: American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military, and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value averaging $2 billion each year. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, ALA volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the ALA’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
Contact: Kristen Geczy at 317-569-4566 (office) or 850-814-6684 (cell); kgeczy@ALAforVeterans.org