Aug
03
2011

ARLINGTON, VA – Since its inception in 1991, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has been steadfast in its mission to fight drunk driving and underage drinking. While much progress has been made by attacking these problems head on, it is also important to examine these issues in a larger cultural context. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is proud to be celebrating its 20th Anniversary and recognizes that the past 20 years could not have been a success without the support of remarkable individuals who encourage health, wellness, and a commitment to eliminating drunk driving and underage drinking.

As part of the 20th Anniversary celebration, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility will honor 20 People to Watch. These twenty people have distinguished themselves through their leadership, ideas and commitment to the health and safety of our nation and the idea of a brighter future for America’s young people. Young or old, established in their chosen professions, or just starting out, these twenty people are ones we are excited to follow in the future.

Patrick Burke, currently the Assistant Chief of Police for Strategic Services Bureau for the District of Columbia, Metropolitan Police Department, has over 21 years of service with the Metropolitan Police Department and currently serves as the Assistant Chief of the MPD’s Strategic Services Bureau. During his MPD career, Assistant Chief Burke has served in four of the seven police districts, the Special Operations Division, Operations Command, and the Field and Tactical Support Unit. He also served as MPD’s first chief of the Homeland Security Bureau.

Assistant Chief Burke sits on numerous boards that include the Office of Police Complaints, the DC Police Foundation, and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program. Chief Burke is an active coach for youth sports and is a member of numerous community and volunteer organizations within the District of Columbia, where he resides with his wife and four children.

“There are too many young people out there engaged in youth violence who don’t have activities to occupy their time. I’d like to work to strengthen basic institutions in order to give people the moral compass I was so fortunate to have,” said Burke

“Assistant Chief Burke has been a great friend and partner of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility for many years and his insight and firsthand knowledge of the issues we work on have been incredibly valuable,” said Ralph Blackman, President and CEO of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. “We are excited to continue working with Assistant Chief Burke for years to come.”

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is proud to celebrate the innovative contributions it has made over 20 years and can attribute our success to the support, encouragement and commitment of people like Patrick Burke. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility looks forward to continued progress in the fight against drunk driving, underage drinking and a safer and healthier America. Individuals who are making a difference will help all Americans move towards this goal.

About The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by the following distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; Pernod Ricard USA; and Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and chaired by Hon. Susan Molinari, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a leader in the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility develops and implements innovative programs and public awareness campaigns and promotes action through strategic partnerships. Established in 1991, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s initiatives are highlighted on its website at www.responsibility.org.

Contact: 
Darron Moffatt, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
MoffattD@responsibility.org; (202) 637-0077