CPB President and CEO Patricia Harrison Honored for Lifetime of Service by David Lynch Foundation
Jun 06, 2017
(Washington, D.C. June 6, 2017) – The Center for Health and Wellness of the David Lynch Foundation honored CPB’s President and CEO Patricia Harrison with the “Lifetime of Service to the Public Good Award,” at a star-studded event supporting veterans and at-risk youth.
The Center for Health and Wellness of the David Lynch Foundation honored Ms. Harrison along with others “for their lifetime of dedication and service to educating and elevating the community, the nation, and the world family.”
“This award is a recognition of CPB’s work supporting America’s local public television and radio stations as we tell stories of courage and leadership through our Veterans Coming Home initiative or stories of our young people and those mentoring them on their path to high school graduation through American Graduate,” said Harrison. “These stories inspire us to participate in our civil society in ways that benefit our democracy.”
The Kennedy Center event featured music and stand-up comedy raising support for the Foundation’s mission of providing stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation for veterans with post-traumatic stress, inner-city youth, and women who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Performers included Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Hugh Jackman, Margaret Cho, Katie Couric, Kesha, Ben Folds, Angelique Kidjo, Sharon Isbin, Deborra-Lee Furness Jackman and more. Proceeds from the evening were used to teach meditation to 10,000 at-risk youth and veterans in the greater Washington, DC area in partnership with veteran service organizations, public schools and after-school clubs, women’s centers, correctional institutions, homeless shelters, and THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus).
Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, was honored with the “Lifetime of Service to the Public Good Award.” Other awardees included Candy Crowley, award-winning journalist, who was also honored with the “Lifetime of Service to the Public Good Award.” Dr. George H. Rutherford, II, 52-year public school educator and principal of the Ideal Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., received the “Lifetime of Service to America’s Youth Award.” Rona and Jeffrey Abramson received the “Lifetime of Creating Peace Award.” Ms. Abramson is a global leader bringing Transcendental Meditation to at-risk girls worldwide and Mr. Abramson is Partner in the Tower Companies, a family-owned real estate development company in Rockville.
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About the David Lynch Foundation (DLF)
Since 2005, the David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has helped to bring the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique to more than 500,000 children and adults around the world. They focus their efforts on underserved inner-city students; veterans with PTSD and their families; and women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse. In addition, DLF funds independent research to assess the effects of the program on academic performance, ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and diabetes.