The Friars Foundation – the charitable arm of the Friars Club – will present the Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans and the Military Family in Washington DC on January 7.

The Lincoln Awards is the first event of its kind to recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families. The concert will be broadcast in Spring 2015 to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s landmark Second Inaugural Address on March 4, 2015, at which Lincoln remarked, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

Celebrities include Aloe Blacc, the American Military Spouses Choir, Arturo Sandoval, Gavin DeGraw, Gregory Porter, Harvey Keitel, Jerry Lewis, Jon Bernthal, J.R. Martinez, Miss America Kira Kazantsev, Nick Jonas, Rhiannon Giddens, Rob Riggle, The Lone Bellow, Whitney Cummings and many more.

The Lincoln Awards is chaired by the Hon. Tommy Sowers, Iraq War veteran and former Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Lincoln Awards is made possible by Leonard Wilf, Chairman, Friars Foundation Gift of Laughter for Wounded Warriors Program, as well as founder of the Haven From The Storm Foundation, established to support returning service people, address the particular problems faced by vets today, aid in their recovery and provide assistance for their re-entry back into productive society – and additional gifts made possible by other corporate sponsors. Delta Air Lines is the official airline partner of The Lincoln Awards.

The event will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20566

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