By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- A capacity crowd of 200 guests attended the First Annual Civic Association Awards Luncheon on Monday at the Colony Hotel to hear “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory. Stanley M. Rumbough Jr. and Lewis Schott received the William J. "Bill" Brooks Community Service Award and Nancy Brinker was presented with the General Alexander M. Haig Global Impact Award.
“The event was a big success,” said Bob Wright, Civic Association Chairman and CEO. “We sold out in three days and the interest from the community has been fantastic.” The luncheon was chaired by Michele Kessler.
Stanley M. Rumbough Jr., Lewis Schott presented with William J. "Bill" Brooks Community Service Award
The Civic Association Community Service Award, named for Civic Association Director Bill Brooks, was presented to Stanley M. Rumbough Jr. and Lewis Schott for their lifetime work with area charities including the Kravis Center, Planned Parenthood, Community Chest/United Way, and the Palm Beach Civic Association.
“Stan and Lew were part of the early group of Kravis Center founders, said Mr. Wright. “Stan was also president of the Board at Planned Parenthood from 1985 to 1995, and Lew served with him on the board and development committee. These men are willing roll up their sleeves and raise money where it’s needed most. They give generously of themselves and inspire others to do the same.”
Both Mr. Rumbough and Mr. Schott played key roles in the Civic Association as members of the board and the Executive Committee. Mr. Rumbough was Civic Association Co-Chairman for seven years, and Chairman and CEO from 2005 to 2009. He is now Chairman Emeritus and still serves on the Executive Committee. Mr. Schott is now an honorary Civic Association Director.
Ambassador Nancy Brinker Wins General Alexander M. Haig Global Impact Award
The Civic Association Global Impact Award, named for Civic Association Director Alexander M. Haig was presented to Ambassador Nancy Brinker for her work in fighting breast cancer. Ambassador Brinker founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1982. The organization is now the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives. The Komen Foundation has invested more than $1.9 billion in breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. In 1983, Mrs. Brinker also founded the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, which is now the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer.
Mrs. Brinker, a Palm Beach Civic Association Director, served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary from 2001 –2003, and as U.S. Chief of Protocol from 2007-2009. In 2008, she was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.” In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded Ambassador Brinker the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Keynote Address by NBC’s David Gregory
Following the awards presentation, NBC’s “Meet the Press” Moderator David Gregory spoke on the topic: “A Look at the Obama Administration, Decision 2012 and Politics in America.” He discussed his role on “Meet the Press,” a position he assumed in 2008 after the sudden death of Tim Russert, a journalist who appeared on the program for more than 16 years.
Using video clips from his show, Mr. Gregory commented on his interviews with politicians and world leaders including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Speaker John Boehner, and Vice President Joe Biden. He analyzed the Obama administration’s strengths and weaknesses, and discussed the serious challenges facing the United States throughout the world.
“Our political leaders should speak to us frankly about the tough decisions that lie ahead,” he said.
A question and answer period followed the address with Mr. Gregory responding to a wide range of queries on the economy, the financial crisis, Iran, and the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.
Tourneau was the sponsor for the event.