Feb
03
2014

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking, recognized twenty Members of Congress and two U.S. Senators with its annual Leadership Award. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility works with many elected leaders from across the United States and every year selects a group of elected officials that have been tireless and effective leaders on these issues. In 2013 these Members showed an outstanding commitment to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking in their states and across the country.

Members of Congress that were honored this year included:

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
  • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
  • Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI)
  • Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA)
  • Rep. André Carson (D-IN)
  • Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
  • Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)
  • Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA)
  • Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA)
  • Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT)
  • Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI)
  • Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)
  • Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY)
  • Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
  • Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
  • Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX)
  • Rep Dave Reichert (R-WA)
  • Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
  • Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV)
  • Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX)
  • Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX)
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

Several of these Members of Congress hosted educational events with middle school students in their districts and emphasized the importance of a healthy lifestyle and saying “no” to underage drinking as part of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s Ask, Listen, Learn program. Other Members participated in public awareness campaigns on underage drinking and teen driver safety during Back to School and National Teen Driver Safety Week by recording Public Service Announcements for Ask, Listen, Learn and IKnowEverything, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s teen driver safety program, with U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman. Congressman Cleaver hosted Dr. Shaquille O’Neal, college administrators and researchers for a panel discussion on binge drinking at Historically Black Colleges and Universities during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. Senator Heitkamp and Congressman Himes agreed to co-chair the Congressional Stop DUI Caucus. All of these Members are dedicated to the nation’s youth and their long-term health and wellness.

“This group of leaders have been great to work with,” said Ralph Blackman, President and CEO of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. “We can’t thank them enough for their dedication and leadership to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking by sending a clear and consistent message that it is illegal and will not be tolerated. We look forward to expanding our relationship with each of them and continuing to save lives in the future.”

About The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has transformed countless lives through programs that contributed to significant reductions in drunk driving and underage drinking. Funded for more than twenty years by the nation’s leading distillers (Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam, Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; and Pernod Ricard USA), we bring individuals, families and communities together to guide a lifetime of conversation around alcohol responsibility. To find out more, visit www.responsibility.org.

Contact: 
Darron Moffatt, MoffattD@responsibility.org, 202-637-0077