Service to America Leadership Award
2016 Sharon Stone
The 2016 Service to America Leadership Award will be presented to award-winning actress and humanitarian Sharon Stone to recognize her extensive record of philanthropy, including her ongoing commitment to raising awareness and support of AIDS research, prevention and treatment.
2015 Gary Sinise
Renowned actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise received the 2015 Service to America Leadership Award to honor his ongoing commitment to raising awareness and support for veterans. In 2011, he formed the Gary Sinise Foundation with the mission to honor defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs that inspire and strengthen communities.
2014 Paul Simon
Renowned singer and songwriter and 12-time Grammy Award winner, Paul Simon was recognized for his decades-long commitment to providing healthcare to underserved children across the country through the Children’s Health Fund.
2013 Stevie Wonder
Legendary singer, songwriter, musician and producer, Stevie Wonder was recognized for his important work as an activist and United Nations Messenger of Peace and for his dedication to helping people with disabilities, as well as families in need.
2012 Glenn Close
Best known for her award-winning career in film, on stage and on television, Glenn Close is also a dedicated advocate working to eliminate the discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness. In 2009, she participated in the launch of Bring Change 2 Mind (BC2M) to support this mission.
2011 Jeff Bridges
For more than 30 years, Jeff Bridges has been dedicated to the cause of ending childhood hunger. In 1983, he founded the End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization that works to spread awareness and generate action to end U.S. childhood hunger.
2010 William and Tani Austin, Founders, Starkey Hearing Foundation
Through the support of volunteers and donors, the Starkey Hearing Foundation conducts hearing missions across the U.S. and around the globe, fitting more than 100,000 hearing aids annually for children and adults in need.
2009 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Over its first six seasons, 143 families received “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” homes. In addition to changing the lives of the families featured on the show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” also involved viewers in making a difference by encouraging volunteer service and charitable giving in their local communities.
2008 Quincy Jones
Entertainment industry icon Quincy Jones was recognized for his humanitarian work in establishing the Listen Up Foundation and the We Are the Future Foundation, both dedicated to helping underprivileged youth.
2007 Sir Elton John
Legendary rock superstar Sir Elton John received the Service to America Leadership award for his philanthropic work in raising more than $125 million in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
2006 President Bill Clinton
President Bill Clinton was honored for his dedication to global humanitarian relief efforts through the William J. Clinton Foundation which focuses on: health security; economic empowerment; leadership, development and citizen service; and racial, ethnic and religious reconciliation.
2005 Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan
For more than 30 years, American-born Queen Noor has been an international humanitarian activist and an outspoken voice on world peace and justice. She has worked closely with the United Nations and international organizations to address global challenges.
2004 The Honorable Nancy G. Brinker
The Honorable Nancy G. Brinker, founder of The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Komen Race for the Cure, received the 2004 Service to America Leadership Award.
2003 First Lady Laura Bush
In February 2001, Mrs. Bush launched her “Ready to Read, Ready to Learn” education initiative with two major goals: early childhood cognitive development and teacher preparedness and recruitment.
2002 Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani
The Honorable Rudolph Giuliani became a symbol of the strength of the people of New York City in the wake of 9/11. At one of the most difficult moments in American history, the remarkable leadership of Mayor Giuliani and the extraordinary heroism of his fellow New Yorkers restored faith in the ideals that are so vital to a free society.
2001 Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali was recognized for his lifelong commitment to world peace, tolerance and human rights, and for his efforts to establish to Muhammad Ali Center which serves as a legacy to the life and ideals of Ali.
2000 President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter
President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter were honored for the work of the Carter Center, which seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.
1999 First Lady Nancy Reagan
Mrs. Reagan’s public service began soon after her husband became Governor of California in 1967 and continued through her time as America’s First Lady including the “Just Say No” campaign. After leaving the White House, Mrs. Regan helped create the Alzheimer’s Association Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute.