The National Father’s Day Council has announced that Mark K. Shriver, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Save the Children, will host the 72nd Annual Father of the Year Awards.
The luncheon will take place at the Grand Hyatt New York Hotel on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 12 p.m. For tickets and sponsorship information, please contact the Council office at 212-594-5977 or visit www.momanddadday.com.
Recently, the Council announced that the 2013 “Father of the Year” Honorees will include President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc., and GQ and the Sani Family Foundation’s “All-Star” Dad, Major Jackson Drumgoole II.
“We are thrilled to have Mark Shriver, past ‘Father of the Year’ honoree and host, return to serve as Master of Ceremonies at our 72nd Annual Father of the Year Awards,” said Dan Orwig, Chairman of the National Father’s Day Committee, and VP, Group Director Men’s Division Itochu Prominent. “Mark Shriver’s philanthropic efforts helped improve the lives of 240,000 children and families across the country last year alone. He is a true inspiration to fathers everywhere, from his dedication to Save the Children to his passion and love for his family.”
Mr. Shriver developed Save the Children’s early childhood development, literacy and health programs in the United States, which benefit children living in some of the country’s most impoverished regions. Mr. Shriver also created Save the Children’s domestic emergency programs to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children before, during, and after disaster strikes. He led a national coalition that convinced Congress to create the National Commission on Children and Disasters and was appointed to the Commission by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). He was elected chairperson by his fellow commissioners and served in that role for the life of the Commission (2008-2011).
He was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002. In 1988, Mr. Shriver founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling. Mr. Shriver subsequently created The Choice Jobs Program, Inc., a private non-profit that trains, places and supports former Choice clients in jobs, as well as The Choice Middle Schools Program, a model for keeping at-risk middle school children in school.
Mr. Shriver received his B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993. He has also received honorary degrees from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland and from The College of the Holy Cross.
Mr. Shriver has written a New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir titled, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,” which was published in June 2012 and was the recipient of the 2013 Christopher Award. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Jeanne, and their three children, Molly, Tommy, and Emma.
As part of its commitment to support meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated more than $35 million to date to meaningful charities nationwide.