3rd Annual WHY-Chapin Awards Dinner
I wanted to let you know about the 3rd annual WHY-Chapin Awards
Dinner, happening Monday, June 3rd, at 6 p.m. at the beautiful Lighthouse at
Piers (alongside the Hudson River) in New York City.
This year's dinner will recognize several well-deserving honorees,
* Jim Chapin (Harry's older brother), who has been a member of WHY's Board
since its founding in 1975, was our Chairman of the Board of Directors for 22
of WHY's 27 years, and continues his support of WHY today.
* Senator Bob Dole, who, among other things, supported Harry's
efforts to establish a Presidential Commission on World Hunger and
became a champion for the disabled and America's farmers. Mr. Dole
received the Medal of Freedom from President Clinton in 1997.
* Robert Egger, the Director of the DC Central Kitchen, a non-profit
organization committed to the idea that waste is wrong, be it food,
money, or the potential for productive lives for the men, women, and
children they serve every day.
* Kelly Hayes, a fourth grade teacher in Gorham, Maine, who believes
that in addition to teaching traditional academic subjects, as an
educator she has a responsibility to help students understand the
root causes of hunger and poverty. She has been involved with the
Kids Can Make a Difference program (a program of WHY) since 1996.
* Ambassador George S. McGovern, who, in his two terms as a
Congressmember, was an advocate for the American farmer. He was also
the first director of the Food for Peace Program. Then he served
three terms in the U.S. Senate, and in 1998, was appointed Ambassador
to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. He continues
today his leadership in the battle against world hunger.
* Cathy McClelland, the Founder, President, and Chief Executive
Officer of the Detroit Entrepreneurship Institute (DEI), which
provides entrepreneurial training, technical assistance, economic
literacy training and start up capital to individuals with limited
As you can see, the attendees cover a nice range of talented people
who've made a difference, which is what the event is all about. This
is a great opportunity to see the kinds of programs and people that
make World Hunger Year a leader in the anti-hunger movement. With their
help, WHY is addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty and affecting
Senator Patrick Leahy, the honorary Chair of the dinner, will also
join us, and Grammy Award winning artist Tom Chapin will be the emcee and
will provide the entertainment.
Individual tickets to the dinner are $250, and sponsorships/full
tables of 10 start at $5,000.
Individuals and/or groups who would like information about single seats or
full sponsorships can drop me an email and I'll send out an invitation
If you can't make it to the dinner but would like to support WHY with
an ad in our printed journal for the evening, distributed to all
attendees, drop me a note and I can send you the details. (You can
get your name listed in the journal for just a $50 donation; a
business card sized ad with any message is just $150, other sizes are
Or, you can simply make a contribution to WHY (any amount, from $5 on
up...), and that would be a great way to help too.
As it says on the invitation, the WHY-Chapin Awards are "dedicated to
the activist tradition of WHY co-founder Harry Chapin."
You can make a difference!
Brian, as always, thanks for your support and helping us to keep the great
work of WHY, and Harry's spirit, alive and well.
WHY Board Member