About the Awards

The Celebration of Service to America is the NAB Leadership Foundation’s signature black-tie gala. Each year, broadcasting’s most generous businesses and community leaders gather to support the Foundation’s mission and honor the commitment and dedication local stations have to their communities.

Over the past 25 years, this inspirational evening is attended by broadcast industry leaders, philanthropists, government officials and members of the press. Recently, this event has been listed in BizBash’s Washington Top 100 Events for several years in a row.

The creation of the Service to America Awards stems from NAB Leadership Foundation wanting to recognize local stations for more than their role as news and entertainment providers for their communities. What began as a conversion among the foundation's leadership has grown to a memorable evening to highlight the outstanding community service that radio and television stations provide across the country. With the landscape of Washington, DC, Congress can see firsthand the commitment and dedication their local radio and televisions stations are doing for and by their constituents.

In addition to honoring broadcasters, the NAB Leadership Foundation presents, the Service to America Leadership Award, to a high-profile individual who has performed extraordinary service in bettering the lives of others. Past recipients include John Legend, President Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali, Sir Elton John, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and Sharon Stone, among others. Additionally, the Corporate Leadership Award is given to a non-broadcast business that exemplifies an extraordinary focus on community service.

Interested in applying for an award? Applications open Monday, January 27, 2020.

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