Jul
23
2008
WASHINGTON, DC - The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers, hosted its sixth annual Congressional Awards reception on Capitol Hill today to honor select members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have shown an outstanding commitment to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking. In all, a total of 37 Members of Congress received the honor for their ongoing dedication.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, there were 17,602 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in 2006, and 2,642 of these fatalities were among youth under 21. Understanding the scope of this national problem, this year’s award recipients joined The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility to help educate youth and their parents from middle school all the way up to college-aged students about responsible decision-making concerning beverage alcohol.

The recipients exhibited outstanding leadership through their unwavering commitment to fight drunk driving and underage drinking. Some launched Council initiatives in their district, others signed onto the Foundation-supported HR 4453 (The Underage Drinking Prevention Act), and several Members did both. The Foundation operates on the philosophy that collective action can have a greater impact than individual efforts. The Foundation also acts as a catalyst and brings together all sectors of the community, but that all starts with our elected officials.

The Honorable Susan Molinari, Chairman of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, said she was proud of the relationships forged between the Members of Congress and The Foundation. “Since its inception, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has partnered with more than 170 Members of Congress in the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking. I’m pleased that many of the Members receiving awards today have partnered with The Foundation multiple times, and several others worked with our organization during their first year in office,” she said. “We look forward to continuing to work with all of these Members in the near future.”

Complete List of Award Recipients:
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV)
Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA)
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Congresswoman Nancy Boyda (D-KS)
Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA)
Congresswoman Donna Christensen (D-VI)
Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC)
Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL)
Congressman Charles W. Dent (R-PA)
Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN)
Congressman Vernon Ehlers (R-MI)
Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
Congresswoman Mary Fallin (R-OK)
Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN)
Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL)
Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA)
Congressman John Mica (R-FL)
Congressman Dennis Moore (D-KS)
Congressman Jon Porter (R-NV)
Congressman George Radanovich (D-CA)
Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA)
Congressman Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX)
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD)
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
Congressman Heath Shuler (D-NC)
Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-MD)
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
Congressman Albert Wynn*
*No longer in office

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About The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s mission is to promote responsible decision-making regarding drinking or non-drinking of beverage alcohol and to discourage all forms of irresponsible consumption through education, communications, research, law enforcement and other programs. Recognizing nearly twenty years of progress, the distillers that fund The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility have invested over $175 million in its programs to fight drunk driving and underage drinking. For more information about The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, please visit www.responsibility.org.
Contact: 

Matthew Harakal
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
(202) 637-0077