With presidential politics on the front pages every day, the National Father’s Day Council has snared a high-profile figure for its 75th annual Father of the Year awards — Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden will join Jerry Storch, chief executive officer of the Hudson’s Bay Co., as an honoree at the event, which will be held June 14 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.
“In this landmark year, we are both extremely proud and privileged to add the current vice president of the United States to our list of distinguished and influential honorees,” said Dan Orwig, chairman of the National Father’s Day Committee and group president of the men’s division of Itochu Prominent USA. “Whether in his decades of public service, or in his unwavering dedication to his family, Vice President Biden has proven to be an exemplary leader, father and role model. We are thrilled to recognize him as a 2016 Father of the Year. 2016 represents a significant year for the Council, as we celebrate 75 years of honoring national leaders ranging from music industry icons and celebrities to sports legends, business moguls and former U.S. presidents.”
Biden was elected at the age of 29 as a U.S. senator to Delaware, becoming one of the youngest people ever elected to serve in the Senate. He served as Senator for Delaware for 36 years and as chairman or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee where he gained recognition for work on criminal justice issues. As chairman or ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, then-Senator Biden played a key role in shaping U.S. foreign policy. Since becoming vice president, Biden has advised President Obama on international issues and has played a leading role in developing a strategic vision for Europe and has worked to ensure the Western Hemisphere is “middle class, secure, and democratic.”
To commemorate the council’s 75th year of honoring outstanding fathers, the 2016 awards will feature memorabilia from as early as the Forties including photos, program journals, tape recordings from prominent honorees, and a video that will be included in the program and displayed at the general reception.
The event will benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. Since its inception, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated more than $30 million to meaningful charities nationwide.