The Washington Times - June 20, 2012, 11:27AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE,  June 19th, 2012

The Washington Times joins Congress, community leaders and Earth, Wind and Fire in honoring Congressional Award Gold Medal winners in Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2012) – The Washington Times is the media sponsor of the 2012 Congressional Award Gold Medal program.  Members of Congress will join community leaders in honoring the 276 recipients of the Congressional Award Gold Medal in Washington, D.C., on June 20, 2012. Held in the US Capitol, this annual event highlights Congress’ highest honor for youth and will recognize individuals who have dedicated hundreds of hours of service in their communities.

Members of the acclaimed musical group Earth, Wind and Fire —widely considered one of the most influential American bands of all time— will receive the Horizon Award for their commitment to serving America’s youth. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will share the duties of Master of Ceremonies with Thomas P. McDevitt, President of The Washington Times, the official media sponsor of the event.

The Washington Times is very pleased to support the 2012 Congressional Award Gold Medal program. This bipartisan initiative champions American values in young people from all fifty states recognizing their achievements in the areas of personal development, physical fitness, and volunteer public service,” said Thomas P. McDevitt, President of The Washington Times.

“This year’s Congressional Award Gold Medal Ceremony highlights 276 youth from across the country who have worked to make a difference in their communities. We are fortunate to have the support of The Washington Times to help us in honoring the achievements of these outstanding young Americans” added Paxton K. Baker, Congressional Award Foundation Chairman of the Board.

The 276 Medalists at the center of this event –the highest in the history of the Award–accepted Congress’ challenge and dedicated hundreds of hours to Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration. Since its inception in 1979, the Congressional Award has recognized thousands of young Americans committed to serving their country and improving themselves, representing more than 5 million hours of public service and over 50,000 young people.

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