Oct
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.

Yul Edwards currently serves as chief of staff to Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) and has spent over ten years in Washington, DC developing a deep understanding of the legislative process and its impact at the state and district levels. Edwards is also currently serving as a board member for S.T.E.E.E.D., a non-profit organization established to introduce inner city "at-risk" youth to equestrian life and horticulture as well as DC Commission on National and Community Service. He is also a member of the Cambridge Who's Who and has received numerous awards related to his work on congressional issues. Edwards is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology.

“If I could wave a magic wand, I would like to see more African American males graduating from college. Bigger, stronger and healthier African American families and less people at or below the poverty line,” said Edwards.

“Yul Edwards is an inspiration to all of us who strive to make a difference in our communities,” said Ralph Blackman, President and CEO of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. “He is incredibly passionate about his work and is certainly someone to watch now and in the future.”

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 Yul Edwards. 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.

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

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