National Ceremony Wrap-Up

July 1, 2015 by Kat Krieger


We did it! Our 43rd Annual National Ceremony in Washington, DC was a huge success. The overall event spanned three days and included a summit for our Champion companies, a youth empowerment event, a GlobeChangers bootcamp, a service project that engaged all of our constituents, and the award gala itself. There were so many outstanding and unforgettable moments that happened and we wanted to share a few of them with you.

UnknownU.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor eschewed security protocol in order to meet as many JAF constituents as possible. Her idea — that small, incremental acts of service make a huge impact — was so very meaningful in a room filled with small acts making huge impacts.

During the Kid President award acceptance, Brad Montague shared these inspiring words:

Poem__handwritten___read_at_our_national_ceremonies_by_the_one_and_only__iamkidpresident_We_love_it_“The world can be a very dark place, but tonight we are reminded that there is light. This is a room full of light. This is a room full of hope. This is a room full of weirdos who think that the world can have lots of reasons to dance.”

Robby Novak then shared his poem that embodied Sotomayor’s message in many ways and asked us all to “keep going” to make the world a better place. Here is the video that the Kid President team made specifically for JAF.

skollJeff Skoll, philanthropist, social entrepreneur, and founder of the Skoll Foundation, shared this while accepting his award: “There’s nothing like seeing how the rest of the world lives to figure out how interconnected we are. It’s in all of our best interests to make sure that everyone in society has a better life.”

For big adventures like National Ceremony, it’s often hard to put together a quick summary. In light of this, Gini Resnick of Sinclair Broadcasting, put it best when she wrote this about her time in Washington, D.C.:

“It was probably one of the most remarkable experiences of my life. In the span of 3 days I met and mingled with hundreds of local change makers determined to make a difference in their worlds through philanthropic efforts.”

Unknown-1All of these stories — and all of our constituents create the depth and breadth that is the Jefferson Awards Foundation. We would love to hear the role that JAF has played in your life. Please take a moment to share with us here.

In the words of our Chairman, Joseph Sanberg, JAF is “bringing vision to the next generation of Americans – vision that young Americans can build a future that is more prosperous and more inclusive than ever before.”

All my very best,

Hillary Schafer
Executive Director

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