News Release
News Release
News Release
News Release
June 7, 2011
Ann Marie Cumming

NABEF Hosts 13th Annual Celebration of Service to America Awards

Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges honored for initiatives to end hunger

WASHINGTON, DC -- The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) celebrated the 13th annual Service to America Awards last night at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The dinner and awards ceremony recognized the exceptional public service contributions of radio and television broadcasters and featured the presentation of the Service to America Leadership Award to Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges for his dedication to ending childhood hunger in America.

The gala included award presentations by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and FCC Commissioners Robert McDowell and Mignon Clyburn.

"Broadcasters' extraordinary commitment to community service has served America for decades," said NAB Education Foundation President Marcellus Alexander. "Local radio and television stations are not only first informers in times of crisis but also play an integral role in supporting the communities they serve. This was exemplified by the stations, organizations and individuals recognized at the Service to America Awards."

The ceremony honored station winners:

WDIV Detroit, MI (Service to America Television Award)

WHUR-FM Washington, DC (Service to Children Radio Award)

WLKY Louisville, KY (Service to Children Television Award)

KPLU-FM Tacoma, WA (Service to Community Radio Award)

WHTM-TV Harrisburg, PA (Service to Community Television Award)

Additionally, Target was awarded with the Service to America Corporate Leadership Award for the company's extraordinary philanthropy including its continued commitment to education and literacy.

About The Celebration of Service to America Awards
The Celebration of Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with major support from Bonneville International Corporation and the National Association of Broadcasters. In recent years, entertainment industry icon Quincy Jones, legendary rock star Sir Elton John, former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter, and former First Lady Nancy Reagan have been presented with the Celebration of Service to America Leadership Award at the event. Details about the Celebration of Service to America Awards are available here.

The NAB Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to reinforcing the future of broadcasting through a commitment to education and to advancing excellence in the diversity and community service efforts of our industry. Learn more at

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at