The Jefferson Awards Foundation, which describes itself as America’s most prestigious and longest standing organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service, honored Eustis High School for its philanthropic work within the community. Students were recognized at the organization’s 2015 National Ceremony in Washington, D.C., and gave a speech regarding their community service and volunteerism.
Awards were presented over two days of ceremonies and volunteering in the nation’s capital. Americans with the most impactful philanthropic work of the year will receive National Jefferson Awards. Honorees included celebrities, public service professionals, entrepreneurs, local heroes and corporations all dedicated to public service.
More than 325 high schools across the country participate in the Jefferson Awards Students In Action (SIA) program. Eustis High School was selected as the 2015 Central Florida Recipient, chosen by a panel of judges for best showcasing the program’s goals and for its philanthropic contribution to the community. During the 2014-2105 school year, the Eustis High School SIA team, Panthers in Action, focused their efforts on “Fighting for a Cause.” They aimed to spread awareness, both inside and outside their school, about the importance of service to the community. Their service events included a Chipotle fundraiser for a baby boy born with a rare brain malformation and raising breast cancer awareness alongside supporters from all over Florida at the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure.
This year’s honorees also included high-profile philanthropists such as: the Kid President team, Lauren Bush, Jeff Skoll and the Target Corporation.
“Our mission at the Jefferson Awards Foundation is to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievement in public service. A testament to this mission, we are honored to recognize these amazing individuals and organizations for their incredible work in service,” said Hillary Schafer, Executive Director of the Jefferson Awards Foundation. “We continue to believe in, and activate their causes and look forward to making an impact on a national level through our ceremony.”
The National Ceremony kicked off on Wednesday, June 17 in the Oriental Ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The National Awards were presented on Thursday, June 18 at the National Ceremony Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel with Trish Regan, Fox Business news anchor, serving as Mistress of Ceremonies. While in town, the recipients also had the opportunity to meet and be congratulated by their U.S. Senators on Capitol Hill.
About the Jefferson Awards
The Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) is the country’s longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service. Through its programs, JAF trains and empowers individuals to serve and lead in their communities, amplifying their impact through the organizations vast network of media partners, mentors and volunteers. To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation, visit: JeffersonAwards.org or engage on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.